Mercy Foundation Day
December 12, 2013
Each year, Sisters of Mercy worldwide honor the day when founder Catherine McAuley and her two associates took their vows and became the first Sisters of Mercy.
On December 12, 1831, McAuley, Mary Ann Doyle and Elizabeth Harley professed vows as the first Religious Sisters of Mercy. The chapel was not their own, they did not yet have an approved Holy Rule nor did they claim a fourth vow of service.
But on that day, this new Community of Mercy did own something very precious: a shared mission to serve the poor, sick and uneducated. As we join Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Companions and Associates around the world to celebrate the beginning of our Mercy Institute, let us "rejoice in the continued invitation to seek justice, to be compassionate, and to reflect mercy to the world."
(Thanks to Regina Werntz, RSM.)