Sisters of Mercy

A congregation of women, founded in 1827 in Dublin, Ireland by Catherine McAuley, in religion known as Sister Mary Catherine. The Rule of the society is based on that of Saint Augustine. The sisters are engaged in the instruction of the ignorant, visitation of the sick and imprisoned, the management of hospitals, orphanages, and homes for destitute women, and other forms of charitable work. The mother-house is in Dublin. In June 1928, 27 communities of the Sisters of Mercy in the United States petitioned the Holy See for permission to form one single religious institute governed by one superioress-general. The request was granted and the First General Chapter of the Sisters of Mercy in the United States was opened at Mount Saint Mary's Seminary of the West, Norwood, Ohio on 26 August 1929. All communities of Sisters of Mercy in the United States are at liberty to join the amalgamation; the decision, however, rests with each individual community. For purposes of government, six provinces were formed.

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