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

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…

Christmas Cheer for The Dellow Centre

Every year the Sisters of Mercy in Eltham give a food hamper to each of the fifty eight residents of The Dellow Centre which provides hostel…

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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On this World Day of Social Justice, we give thanks to God for Catherine McAuley's rich legacy of merciful action that continues to inspire people across the world to serve their communities and seek justice.

#WorldDayOfSocialJustice #MakeMercyReal

The option for the poor and the abandoned motivates us to liberate them from material poverty and to defend their rights, but also to invite them to friendship with the Lord, who loves them and has given them immense dignity. #SocialJusticeDay

To follow Jesus we must take three steps: draw close to Him to know Him better, confess - with the strength of the Holy Spirit - that He is the Son of God, and accept the path of humility and humiliation that He chose for the redemption of humanity. #HomilySantaMarta

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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.