Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea

Sisters of Mercy all around the world draw inspiration from Catherine McAuley, who founded the Sisters of Mercy in Ireland in 1831. Catherine's words - "It began with 2, Sister Doyle and I" - speak of the humble beginning to what has now become an international association of Sisters of Mercy. Catherine recognised the needs of those who were marginalised and oppressed by unjust social attitudes and practices of the day. She responded by establishing a House of Mercy in Dublin which provided educational, religious and social services for women and children who were at risk of homelessness through exploitation and entrenched poverty. Within the first ten years, Catherine's sisters had heard the missionary call inherent in the vocation of a Sister of Mercy and crossed the oceans bringing mercy to Newfoundland, England, United States of America, Scotland, Australia and New Zealand.


Agency Head

Mr Jonathon Campton, Executive Officer Ministries


33 Myrtle Street , Stanmore, NSW, 2048, Australia


(02) 9572 5400



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