Catherine’s Spirituality

The words of Catherine’s prayer express her total giving of herself to God.

It is a summing up of all her life-giving efforts for the greater glory of God.

Catherine brought Christ’s message to all. She was completely devoted to the poor.

She taught the needy how to regulate their lives, so that they would be holy as well as happy.

She emphasised the value of the kind word, the considerate action when dealing with the poor:

“If our own hearts are not moved, it is in vain we try to move the hearts of others”.
Catherine McAuley 

Significant dates in the life of Catherine


Opening of the House of Mercy, Baggot Street

24th September 1827

Feast of Our Lady of Mercy

24th September

Catherine’s Birthday 

29th September 1778

Death of Catherine 

11th November 1841

Catherine’s Profession Day and the Foundation Day
of the Sisters of Mercy

12th December 1831


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