• 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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The Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas is an international community of women religious vowed to serve people who suffer from poverty, sickness and lack of education with a special concern for women and children.
In innovative and traditional ways, Sisters of Mercy address human needs through collaborative efforts in education, healthcare, housing, and pastoral and social services. Among Sisters of Mercy one can find doctors, lawyers and paralegals, theologians, immigrant advocates, missionaries, justice advocates and peace activists, prisoners of conscience, and foster mothers.

The Institute is comprised of six Communities with more than 4,200 sisters who serve in North, South and Central America, the Caribbean, Guam and the Philippines. More than 3,000 Mercy Associates, several Companions of Mercy, over 600 Mercy Volunteer Corps alumni and hundreds of co-workers in Mercy-sponsored programs and institutions also share in our mission, following the example of Mercy foundress, Catherine McAuley.

Our Mission

Sisters of Mercy are women who commit their lives to serving God's people, especially those who are sick, poor and uneducated. In the spirit of the Gospel, our mission is to help to overcome the obstacles that keep them from living full and dignified lives. A life of prayer and community animates and supports us in our mission.

Direction Statement

Animated by the Gospel and Catherine McAuley's passion for the poor, we, the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, are impelled to commit our lives and resources to act in solidarity with

  • the economically poor of the world, especially women and children;
  • women seeking fullness of life and equality in church and society;
  • one another as we embrace our multicultural and international reality.

This commitment will impel us to develop and act from a multicultural and international perspective;

  • speak with a corporate voice;
  • work for systemic change;
  • practice non-violence;
  • act in harmony and interdependence with all creation;
  • and call ourselves to continual conversion in our lifestyle and ministries.

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  • QuinnSister Margaret Quinn is pastoral assistant and music director at Saint Louis Church in Englewood, Colo. A former elementary and high school teacher, she also served as chaplain at Mercy San Juan Hospital in Carmichael, Calif. She moved to Denver in 1985 where her love of music and liturgy became the focus of her ministry.