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.

Infant of Prague Nursery & Kindergarten

In 1952, the Sisters of Mercy on Guam, through the leadership of Sister Mary Redempta Thomas—now Sister Josephine Maria—established the Infant of Prague Nursery &Infant of Prague Nursery & KindergartenKindergarten in Tai, Mangilao. The daycare center facility, comprising of three quonset huts, was a response to working mothers’ need for a safe and caring environment for their children.

In the early years, enrollment for preschool children, ages three to five, numbered about 50 children. By 1957, the increased need led to accepting infants and toddlers.  In 1959,a permanent reinforced concrete structure was in place, only tb be damaged by Super typhoon Karen in 1962. After rebuilding and renovation through the ensuing years, the building was able to accommodate the increasing need for childcare. As the facility grew in enrollment and size, the quality of education and care increased through the implementation of curriculum and modern, updated methods of teaching.

Through the years, the Tai nursery has contributed to the early education of numerous public and private citizens who continue to make significant contributions to our society. Today, the Infant of Prague nursery & Kindergarten continue to be administered and staffed by the sisters of mercy and 23 lay employees. The facility features air-conditioned classrooms with learning centers, an office/reception room, a dining room, faculty lounge
and kitchen, bathrooms and a storage room. A bright, spacious air-conditioned room is provided exclusively for infants. An outdoor playground is also available.

Today, the daycare center continues to progress under the leadership of the Sisters of Mercy. The current enrollment capacity is 275 children ranging from three-months to five years of age. The facility also serves as a “feeder school” for our three, other Mercy-administered schools: Santa Barbara Catiolic School, St. Anthony Catholic School, and Bishop Baumgartner Memorial Catholic School.

IPNK Mission Statement
1. To nurture the children with the Spirit of Jesus
2. To provide a safe and happy environment
3. To enrich the learning experience of children.