The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas 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 founder Catherine McAuley, Sisters of Mercy envision a just world for people who are poor, sick and uneducated. Sisters of Mercy commit their lives to God and their resources to serve, advocate and pray for those in need around the world.
In addition to the three vows (poverty, chastity and obedience) all Catholic sisters take, Sisters of Mercy also take a fourth vow of service.
Today, more than 2,900 Sisters of Mercy of the Americas make a difference in the lives of others in North, South and Central America, the Caribbean, Guam and the Philippines.
The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas trace their roots to Dublin, Ireland, where founder Catherine McAuley opened the first House of Mercy in 1827 and joined two companions in becoming the first Sisters of Mercy on December 12, 1831.