Catherine McAuley

Founder of Sisters of Mercy 1778-1841


Loving God, You chose Catherine McAuley for the service of your people who are poor, sick and uneducated. You inspired her to found the Sisters of Mercy so that these good works might endure. Give to each of us a portion of her compassionate spirit and an ardent desire to serve your suffering people.

Bless all our undertakings and grant that union and charity may always thrive among us.

Graciously, hear our prayer for Catherine and by granting the favors we ask through her intercession, hasten the day when her sanctity will be celebrated by all the Church. Amen.

Celebrating Foundation Day

RSM founders

On November 5, 1946, upon the invitation of Bishop Apollinaris Baumgartner, OFM Cap., the Sisters of Mercy from Belmont, NC arrived on Guam to establish a religious community on the island. 64 years after its foundation, the Spirit of Mercy is very much alive in the hearts and ministries of the Sisters of Mercy.

The three pioneer Sisters of Mercy from Belmont,NC who came to Guam to establish a religious community.

Sister Mary Inez Underwood (left)
Sister Mary Annette McBennett (standing)
Sister Mary Louise Weisenforth (right)

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