• We have one solid comfort amidst this little tripping about, our hearts can always be in the same place, centered in God, for whom alone we go forward or stay back.

    - Catherine McAuley

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Since their founding in 1831, the Sisters of Mercy have balanced action with contemplation in their community life and in ministry. As a result, all Mercy ministries flow out of prayer and discernment. Our works in housing, education, pastoral settings, and healthcare are concrete expressions of Mercy spirituality in the world. Out of the richness of inner life, Mercy ministers to those most in need, socially, personally and spiritually.

Reflecting this balance, vital Mercy ministries focus on spiritual growth and the integration of spirituality with daily life. Mercy retreat centers, spiritual direction ministry and the liturgical ministries are doors to Mercy spirituality for many people.


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  • DavisAfter college, Rose Davis, then a young laywoman, chose to work as an office clerk in the insurance billing department at Mercy Hospital San Diego. She spent so many lunch hours in the chapel that Sister Mary Alma, head of the department, asked her if something was wrong. “I like to pray,” said Rose, then a recent convert.