… “Centered in God, for whom alone we go forward or stay back.”

Catherine McAuley

We, the Sisters of Mercy, are an international community of Roman Catholic women who dedicate our lives to the Gospel of Jesus and take vows of poverty, chastity, obedience and service. Inspired by the life of Jesus and by our founder Catherine McAuley, we envision a just world for people who are economically poor, sick and uneducated. We commit our lives to God and our resources to serve, advocate and pray for those in need around the world.

In addition to the three vows – poverty, chastity and obedience – that all Catholic sisters take, we, as Sisters of Mercy, also take a fourth vow of service.

With over 2,000 sisters in the Americas, we strive to make a difference in the lives of those in need in North, South and Central America, the Caribbean, Guam and the Philippines.

With over 6,000 Sisters of Mercy around the world, we are part of a global network.

We serve with more than 3,100 Mercy Associates, several Companions in Mercy, close to 1,100 Mercy Volunteer Corps alumni and thousands of co-workers in Mercy-sponsored programs and institutions – all sharing in the Mercy mission and following the example of Catherine McAuley. We sponsor and operate more than 160 service organizations in collaboration with tens of thousands of committed co-ministers, staff and volunteers.

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