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.

Golden Jubilarian: Sister Maria Quintanilla, RSM | Ave Maria – Teach Me To Love!


MOTTO: Ave Maria – Teach Me To Love!

That Sister Maria knows a lot about children is an understatement.  Although she does not have any children of her own, she has loved and taken care of hundreds, maybe thousands, of babies throughout her 50+ years of childcare ministry in the Mercy daycare centers!   Before Agnes Diego Quintanilla entered the Sisters of Mercy Community on February 2, 1964, she was already working at Infant of Prague Nursery in Tai, Mangilao.

Shortly after she entered the convent as a postulant, “Agnes” was sent to the Motherhouse in Belmont, North Carolina, for formation training.  She almost left the island without seeing her parents, but with a special permission, her mother was allowed to board the plane to bid her daughter adieu!

After becoming a “Novice”, she took on the name, Sister Maria.  She enjoyed her three short years in Belmont, but was requested to return to Guam in 1967 after taking First Vows.  Besides continuing her daycare ministry, Sister Maria also taught CCD in seven parishes on Guam.  She describes herself as “easygoing and loving, as well as generous, forgiving and community-minded.”

Asked what motivates her to remain a Sister of Mercy after 50 years, Sister responded, “the love of God and His people, especially women and young children.”  She cites this same characteristic of Foundress Catherine McAuley’s life as instrumental in her “yes” daily to her vocation in Mercy.

Thank you, Sister Maria, for your “golden” years of service to all the babies, families and people of God in the Archdiocese of Agana!

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