Sisters of Mercy of the Americas

Soeurs de la Miséricorde des Amériques
Hermanas de la Misericordia de las Américas

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1991, by 17 Mercy congregations united to form one congregation, the Institute of Our Lady of Mercy, having been formed 12 Dec 1831, Dublin (Ireland), Catherine Elisabeth McAuley. Currently embraces various unions and independent congregations bearing the name of Sisters of Mercy, forming the largest English-speaking group of religious women.


Serve God's people, especially those who are sick, poor and uneducated; empower people to overcome the obstacles that keep them from living full and dignified lives.

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The mission is carried out in schools, hospitals, affordable housing development, emergency shelters, retirement centres, women's centres and retreat centres; it extends to programs in parishes, rural areas, inner cities and prisons in North and South America, the Pacific and the Caribbean. Priorities: acting in solidarity with the economically poor of the world, especially women and children; acting in solidarity with women seeking fullness of life and equality in church and society; acting from a multi-cultural, international perspective. Institute Sponsored Programs: Mercy Corps; McAuley Institute; Mercy Action; Institute Education Office; Institute Justice Office; Mercy Migrant Education Project.


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United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) (Special).

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Relations with 3 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 23 countries
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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 10: Reduced Inequality



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