Catherine McAuley

The Work of Mercy Begins

Mercy Health Foundation - Baltimore, MD

 “Remember Me Affectionately To All”
~ Catherine McAuley, founder of the Sisters of Mercy

These words of Catherine McAuley, the founder of the Sisters of Mercy, unite all of us. Through works of charity, prayer, service, and philanthropic support, we enable Mercy to be a strong and vibrant force for good in our community. 

Catherine McAuley was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1778. She found herself unexpectedly wealthy in her 40s after receiving a bequest from a family for which she cared. With this inheritance, she was able to launch the projects she had long envisioned: first, to educate and care for the poor; and second, to provide a residence called the House of Mercy, which opened on the Feast of Our Lady of Mercy, September 24, 1827, to serve women and children.

At Mercy, Catherine’s work continues. We celebrate lives touched and made stronger, relationships healed and deepened, life valued from its beginning to its end. Catherine was confident that God’s merciful work would endure through us … and it has and will continue because of our donors.

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