Spread of Mercy Convents

Following Catherine’s death, other foundations followed rapidly; some direct from Baggot Street, others from Convents throughout Ireland.

Quite soon these new foundations, taking Catherine’s admonition to heart, were making foundations themselves, first within Britain and then to countries abroad.

The table shows the spread of Mercy Convents in Britain during the twenty years following the first foundation in Bermondsey. It gives some indication of the energy and vitality of this young Congregation and its evident answer to need. The story continues to unfold and can be followed in the histories of the individual houses.


FOUNDATION

DATE FOUNDED

FROM

London - Bermondsey

1839

Baggot St Dublin

Birmingham - Handsworth

1841

Baggot St Dublin

Liverpool

1843

Baggot St Dublin

London - Queen’s Square, Bloomsbury -
and later moved to Harewood Avenue, Marylebone in 1851

1844
1851

Baggot St Dublin

Nottingham

1844

Handsworth, Birmingham

Falkner Street Orphanage

1845

Liverpool

London - Chelsea

1845

Bermondsey, London

Bristol - Pritchard Street

1846

Bermondsey, London

Bristol - Dighton Street

1846

Pritchard Street Bristol

Birmingham - St Anne’s Camp Hill

1847

Handsworth, Birmingham

Leamington Spa

1847

Handsworth, Birmingham

Glasgow, Scotland

1849

Limerick

Derby

1849

Kinsale, Cork

Stafffordshire - Cheadle

1849

Carlow

West Midlands - Wolverhampton

1849

Handsworth, Birmingham

West Midlands - Maryvale

1851

Handsworth, Birmingham

Old Swan

1851

Liverpool

Pontypool, South Wales

1852

Liverpool

Sussex - Brighton

1852

Bermondsey, London

Lancaster

1853

Liverpool

Newcastle-upon-Tyne

1855

Liverpool

Yorkshire - Clifford

1855

Baggot Street Dublin

Staffordshire - Alton

1855

Cheadle, Staffordshire

London - Great Ormond Street

1856

Bermondsey, London

Staffordshire - Bilston

1856

Cheadle

Belper

1857

Derby

Wigton

1857

Bermondsey, London

Hull

1857

Clifford, Yorkshire

London - Crispin Street

1858

Wexford

Edinburgh, Scotland

1858

Limerick

London - Commercial Road

1859

Tullamore

Dundee, Scotland

1859

Derry

 "Hurrah for foundations,
makes the old young and the young merry."
Catherine McAuley
 

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