The Religious Sisters of Mercy are members of a religious institute of Catholic women founded in 1831 in Dublin, Ireland by Catherine McAuley (1778–1841). In 2018 the institute has about 6200 Sisters worldwide, organized into a number of independent congregations. The sisters of mercy are an active religious order who divide their time between private prayer, communal worship, and service work within the community. The sisters main goal is to help people living in poverty and illness their patron saint is st mary of nazareth. They also strive for a better and more caring world as well as passing on the word of the lord.
Wherever they are, the sisters try to respond to needs too long neglected.
They establish schools and clinics, care for the sick and dying in their homes, consoled the bereaved, provide refuge for homeless people, and befriend prisoners and their families to comfort them. their lives as Sisters of Mercy are focused on responding to unmet needs, through direct service in the community as well as seeking ways to change unjust systems. The sisters are compassionate and responds to the most basic of needs as described in the centuries-old tradition of the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.
The sisters show all the gifts of the holy spirit but the most prominent are courage, fear of the lord and wisdom as they use them in their everyday life, they having a willingness to stand up for what is right in the sight of God and having the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding and insight. They show courage by going out into the community and helping those people that are less fortunate and in need, they show fear of the lord by recognising what God has done and is doing within the world and passing on the word of the lord and messages from jesus and his apostles and they show wisdom by seeing the little things their brothers and sisters are doing and see themselves as Gods children and servants.
The sisters of mercy haven’t changed much since catherine McAuley founded them but some things that have changed are the number of sisters have dramatically increased from only a few founding sisters to over 11,000 they have also spread throughout the world but mostly in the philippines and australia. Overall the sisters are great role models and carry out the word of the lord in their everyday life and have helped many people living in poverty and that are ill.