Mission & Values

We carry out the mission of mercy guided by prayerful consideration of the needs of our time.

Our daily lives as Sisters of Mercy are rooted in four core values inspired by the life of our founder Catherine McAuley:


The example of Jesus leads us, the Gospel guides us and Catherine McAuley’s spirit enlivens us. Ours is a life of contemplation and action, prayer and service.


Living in community deepens our relationship with God, strengthens us for mission, and continually inspires us in our call to serve others.


We see Jesus in the most marginalized people and take a vow of service to perform works of Mercy that alleviate suffering. We strive to follow Jesus’ example in all that we do.

Social Justice and Our Critical Concerns

We work passionately to eliminate poverty, the widespread denial
of human rights, the degradation of earth, the increase in violence and racism, the continued oppression of women, the abuse of children, the mistreatment of immigrants and the lack of solidarity among people and nations.

Recognizing the immensity of this work, the Sisters of Mercy have identified five interconnected “critical concerns” that cry out for attention at this time. 

Visit our Social Justice Advocacy page to read more about our Critical Concerns.

Works of Mercy

"The spiritual and corporal works of mercy which draw religious from a life of contemplation, so far from separating them from the love of God, unite them more closely to Him and render them more valuable in His holy service." Catherine McAuley

Our lives as Sisters of Mercy are focused on responding to unmet needs, through direct service as well as seeking ways to change unjust systems. Both approaches are compassionate responses to the most basic of needs as described in the centuries-old tradition of the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.

The spiritual works of mercy:

  • Instruct the ignorant;
  • Counsel the doubtful;
  • Admonish the sinner;
  • Bear wrongs patiently;
  • Forgive offenses willingly;
  • Comfort the afflicted;
  • Pray for the living and the dead;
  • Grateful contemplation of God’s world.

The corporal works of mercy:

  • Feed the hungry;
  • Give drink to the thirsty;
  • Clothe the naked;
  • Welcome the stranger;
  • Visit the sick;
  • Visit the imprisoned;
  • Bury the dead;
  • Care for our common home.