Mother Catherine McAuley

Mother Catherine McAuley

Birth
Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
Death 11 Nov 1841 (aged 63)
Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
Burial Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
Memorial ID 10696428 · View Source
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Religious figure. On September 24, 1827, the feast of Our Lady of Mercy, this Irish Catholic laywoman, opened the House of Mercy at Baggot and Herbert Streets in Dublin. Catherine wanted to provide shelter and education for young women who came from farms outside Dublin to look for work in the city. She used her inheritance to build the House of Mercy (now Mercy International Centre). Other women joined in her serving the needy of Dublin, especially women and children, suffering from poverty, illness, and a lack of education. Daniel Murray, Archbishop of Dublin, knowing of the women's work, suggested that Catherine establish a religious community to continue the works of mercy she had begun. While it was not her original intention, she began the religious order. On December 12, 1831, Sister Catherine McAuley, RSM, pronounced her vows as the first Sister of Mercy. Today, the Sisters of Mercy who still work minister with the poor, the sick, and the uneducated, but now on six continents, celebrate this as their Foundation Day.


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  • Created by: rjschatz
  • Added: 28 Mar 2005
  • Find a Grave Memorial 10696428
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Mother Catherine McAuley (29 Sep 1778–11 Nov 1841), Find a Grave Memorial no. 10696428, citing Baggot Street Cemetery, Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland ; Maintained by rjschatz (contributor 46560566) .