On Sept. 24, 1827, the first House of Mercy opened on Baggot Street in Dublin, Ireland. There, Catherine McAuley, founder of the Sisters of Mercy, an international religious institute of Roman Catholic women, opened a school and residence for impoverished girls and women. She devoted her life to the poor, sick and uneducated, addressing especially the needs of women and children.
Each year on this day, we celebrate Mercy Day to honor Catherine McAuley’s legacy, as we strive to follow her example through our own personal decisions and choices.
The Sisters of Mercy have been touching lives and evolving to meet community needs across the world ever since those early days on Baggot Street. Still a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Urgent Care is the only dedicated not-for-profit urgent care network in Western North Carolina, providing an alternative to hospital emergency rooms for the treatment of non-life-threatening illness and injury.
Through our work, we continue to follow the teachings of Catherine McAuley in the name of Mercy — and, today, we hope that you will help us carry forward her message of compassion and caring.