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The Sisters of Mercy As a child, Catherine McAuley was uprooted from a comfortable, loving home when her parents died. Placed with relatives who scorned the Catholic religion, Catherine remained inspired and curious about the faith her parents had practiced and she remembered her father’s generosity to those less fortunate than himself. Catherine’s life took an unexpected turn when, at age 50, she inherited a fortune. She used her newly acquired wealth to build the first House of Mercy for Dublin’s abandoned and abused women in 1827. Soon other women joined Catherine’s small community, which lived and prayed together and provided training for residents of the House of Mercy. Catherine and her associates also visited the sick in their homes and in hospitals. Prompted by Roman Catholic bishops, in 1831, Catherine established a religious order, the Sisters of Mercy, to ensure that the Mercy mission would continue beyond her lifetime. In 1843, six sisters traveled to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to provide for the needs of immigrants. Four years later, they established the first Catholic hospital in the United States, Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh. Today, Catherine McAuley’s legacy endures, as the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas sponsor or co-sponsor nearly 200 health-related facilities, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, rehabilitation centers and family care and outreach centers. In 1997, nine regional communities of the Sisters Mercy of the Americas became founding sponsors of Catholic Health East. These nine communities are now six: Mid- Atlantic, Northeast, Baltimore, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, and Rochester. The Sisters of Mercy sponsor… Mercy Health System of Maine Mercy Community Health St. Peter’s Health System Mercy Health System of Southeastern Pennsylvania St. Joseph’s Health System – Atlanta Mercy Medical St. James Mercy Health System Holy Cross Hospital Pittsburgh Mercy Health System Catholic Health System
"The Sisters of Mercy"