Welcome to the website of 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. 189 years later we are able to reach out to people through the use of modern technology and social media.

Even more today we need to reach out to people during this time of the coronavirus pandemic.  We pray for all those who have lost loved ones, for our NHS staff and health Care workers who give of themselves so unstintingly and we pray that a vaccine may soon be found that could bring relief to us all.

Sr Colette Cronin, Institute Leader

Who we are

Recent news

Open Letter to Robert Jenrick MP

We have joined forces with over 60 groups and charities across England to call on the government not to leave anyone out of the plans to…

News from Willowbrook Hospice

At Willowbrook Hospice in Prescot, Merseyside the staff are finding new ways to support both their residents and the families concerned.  They began a new venture…

Youth Ministry Team message for 14th May

You are invited on Thursday 14th May by the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle to join them to pray for the sick, their families, the NHS…

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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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.