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.

Diamond Jubilarian: Sister Mary McAuley Paulino, RSM | Thy Will Be Done!


Motto: Thy Will Be Done!

Sister Mc Auley Paulino, also known as Teresita, entered the Sisters of Mercy on July 2, 1953, eight years after the Community was established on Guam.  She comes from a very religious family who generously offered four daughters to become Sisters, three as Sisters of Mercy and one as a School Sister of Notre Dame.

Little did Sister Mc Auley realize that the next sixty years of her life would be an exciting journey in education, which has been her primary ministry.  She served in education a total of 42 years, seventeen years as an administrator or principal:  18 years at Cathedral Grade School; 14 years at Santa Barbara School; three years at St. Anthony School; and seven years at Bishop Baumgartner Memorial School.

An important part of Sister Mc Auley’s professional training was completing her B.A. in Elementary Education at the University of Guam and her M.A. in Administration & Supervision from San Francisco State University.

Having experienced so much in her religious life, Sr. McAuley chose two events as “crowning moments”—her Final Profession in 1962 and her Golden Jubilee (50 years) in 2004.  She also chose as her greatest accomplishment her contribution to so many island youth through her ministry of education.  As her greatest challenge in religious life as a Sister of Mercy, she chose:  “Living each day consciously and speaking my truth.”   Daily she lives her motto—Thy Will be done—believing that “God knows best what is good for me!”   Congratulations, Sister Mary McAuley, Diamond Jubilarian!

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