The Sisters of Mercy are an international community of women religious vowed to serve people who suffer from poverty, sickness and lack of education with a special concern for women and children.
Founded by Catherine McAuley, an Irish Catholic laywoman, who recognized the many needs of people who were economically poor in early nineteenth century Ireland and determined that she and women like her could do several things to relieve their suffering. With an inheritance she opened the first House of Mercy on Lower Baggot Street in Dublin, Ireland, on September 24, 1827 as a place to shelter, feed and educate women and girls.
The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas now serve in North, Central and South America; the Caribbean; Guam and the Philippines, with more than 4,500 sisters responding faithfully to the needs of the poor in these countries.
The Sisters of Mercy are grouped into 6 regional communities. The West Midwest Community is based in Omaha.
The Network for Mercy Education was formed in 1999 and serves over 60 Mercy secondary and elementary schools by providing programs and materials to further the charism of Catherine McAuley.