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The Religious Order of the Sisters of Mercy (RSM) is an order of Catholic women founded by Catherine McAuley in Dublin, Ireland in 1831. As of 2003, the order has about 10,000 members worldwide, organized into a number of independent congregations. Image of a woman on the Pioneer plaque sent to outer space. ... The Venerable Mother Catherine McAuley (1778-1841) was an Irish nun, who founded the Sisters of Mercy in 1831. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ... Leopold I 1831 (MDCCCXXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, and also: The International Year of Freshwater The European Disability Year Events January events January 1 Luíz Inácio Lula Da Silva becomes the 37th President of Brazil. ... A congregation is a religious institute of Roman Catholics in which only simple vows, not solemn vows, are taken. ...


Sisters take vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, the evangelical counsels commonly vowed in religious life, and in additional, vows of service. They continue to participate in the life of the surrounding community. In keeping with their mission of serving the poor and needy, many sisters engage in teaching, medical care, and community programs. The organization is active in lobbying and politics as well. A boy from an East Cipinang trash dump slum in Jakarta, Indonesia shows his find. ... Allegory of chastity by Hans Memling. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The evangelical counsels or counsels of perfection are poverty, chastity, and obedience. ... In education, teachers are those who teach students or pupils, often a course of study or a practical skill. ... See also Healing, North East Lincolnshire Healing is the process where the cells in the body regenerate and repair to reduce the size of a damaged or necrotic area. ... It has been suggested that Interest representation: Academic overview be merged into this article or section. ... Politics is the process by which groups make decisions. ...


The order began when McAuley used an inherited fortune to build a "House of Mercy" in Dublin that provided educational, religious, and social services for poor women and children. The House aroused local opposition, however, it being traditional for nuns rather than lay women to engage in this sort of activity. Eventually the church hierarchy agreed to the formation of a non-cloistered order, and the sisters became known informally as the "walking nuns" for their ability to care for the poor outside a convent. The house still stands today, as the Mercy International Centre. Nun in cloister, 1930; photograph by Doris Ulmann In general, a nun is a female ascetic who chooses to voluntarily leave mainstream society and live her life in prayer and contemplation in a monastery or convent. ... Cloister of Saint Trophimus, in Arles, France A cloister (from latin claustrum) is a part of cathedral, monastic and abbey architecture. ... Mercy International Centre is is the original house of the Sisters of Mercy. ...


A number of hospitals with "Mercy" in their names are run by, or affiliated with the Sisters. Mercy schools are located throughout the United States and other countries and share the common mission of creating an environment that nourishes spiritual, emotional, and intellectual growth.


In 1992, the leaders of the various congregations created the Mercy International Association to foster collaboration and cooperation. 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... Mercy International Association is the international organisation of the Sisters of Mercy. ...


See also

The Mater Misericordiae University Hospital (commonly known as Mater Hospital) is a major teaching hospital, based at Eccles Street, Phibsboro, on the northside of Dublin, Ireland. ... Our Lady of Mercy College, Carysfort (Carysfort College) in Dublin was a important College of Education in Ireland for 150 years until its closure in 1988 and was located in Blackrock. ... Magdalen Laundry in Ireland, c. ...

External links

  • Mercy International Association website
  • Sisters of Mercy of the Americas website
  • Our Lady of Mercy Academy, Syosset, New York
  • Mcauley Foundation, Australia

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CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Sisters of Mercy (2122 words)
The Sisters of Mercy were now bound to the laborious duties of instructing the ignorant, visiting the sick and imprisoned, managing hospitals, orphanages, and homes for distressed women; in fact to every work of mercy.
The costume adopted by the sisters consists of a habit of fl material falling in folds from the throat to the feet and lengthened into a train behind, which is worn looped up except in the chapel, the community-room, and the parlour.
Number of Sisters of Mercy in the United States of America, 4732; pupils in parochial schools, 104,726; orphans and children in institutions, 3834; pupils in academies and high schools, 9967; hospitals conducted by Sisters of Mercy, 53; orphanages, 67.
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