Welcome to the website of the Institute of Our Lady of Mercy

We are very happy to launch our new website for the Institute of Our Lady of Mercy. On 12th December 1831 Catherine McAuley and her two companions made their vows as the first Sisters of Mercy and the Congregation was launched. 188 years later we are able to reach out to people through the use of modern technology and social media.

It seems appropriate that we are launching our website in the ‘Year of the Word’ initiated by the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales. This is a year when we are encouraged to listen to the God who speaks. May we all hear our God who uses so many ways to speak to us.

Sr Colette Cronin, Institute Leader

Who we are

Recent news

Guinness Book of Records

Valery Larkin from Ennis, Co Clare, got the idea in 2018 of breaking the Guinness Book of Records by making the largest ever blanket from knitted…

Willowbrook Hospice

Willowbrook Hospice, located in Prescot, cares for patients with life limiting diseases living in St Helens, Knowsley and the surrounding areas. One of our Sisters, Sr…

Carols by Candlelight

Just as we begin to move away from the Christmas season, we’d like to share with you an effort made by the Sisters of Mercy in…

What we do

The first Chapter of our original rule written in Catherine’s own handwriting states the original purpose for our existence as Sisters of Mercy.

The Sisters admitted to this Religious Congregation besides attending to their own perfection which is the principal end of all Religious Institutes should also have in view what is the peculiar characteristic of this

What we do

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Proclaiming the Word through music - an event in the Diocese of Shrewsbury for cantors, singers, instrumentalists and congregations, with guest speaker Martin Foster

Year 7 and 8 enjoyed watching the STEM Roadshow sponsored by BAE Systems and The RAF. Some interesting facts and inspiration for our engineers of tomorrow!


47 Y11 pupils took part in the History Trip to Berlin and Krakow. As part of the trip, pupils visited sites around Berlin, Sachsenhausen concentration camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau and met a Holocaust survivor who shared her account of her life in Nazi occupied Poland.

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Sisters of Mercy respond to the various needs in our world today. Several of our Sisters are Prison Chaplains or Hospital Chaplains, others visit the sick and the needy in their own homes.