Mercy Day brings Catherine McAuley’s example to the fore

​Sr Helen Monkivitch and Catherine
McAuley roses

Mercy Health will celebrate the inspiring example set by its Foundress Catherine McAuley on Wednesday 24 September. Sisters of Mercy organisations around the world will participate in Mercy Day, marking the date in 1827 when Catherine opened her first school in Baggot Street, Dublin.

All Mercy Health services from Victoria to Western Australia will take part in the year's celebration in order to remember and appreciate the origins of the Sisters of Mercy. Mercy Health Executive Director Leadership & Mission Sr Helen Monkivitch said Mercy Day was an important reminder of the example set by Catherine and the Sisters of Mercy almost 200 years ago.

Sr Helen said Catherine's compassion, commitment and vision ensured that the Sisters of Mercy would be relevant for years, decades and centuries to come.

"Today we come together to remind ourselves of the reason why the Sisters of Mercy play such an important role around the world,'' Sr Helen said. "We celebrate the Sisters' unwavering drive to help those in need."

​             Catherine McAuley


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