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

Youth Ministry Team – 10 years on!

The Youth Ministry Team was begun in the Hexham and Newcastle Diocese ten years ago.  Here Ant and Dec reminisce about the day it was launched. …

Carlo Acutis

Find out about Carlo Acutis from the Youth Ministry Team here… Carlo Acutis https://youtu.be/DlguiblCtJQ

Mercy response to COVID19

Mercy response to COVID 19 The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has and continues to change lives of ordinary people worldwide. Historically, Sisters of Mercy have always been…

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.