ADVANCING MERCY'S MISSION

ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN

In 2013, Mercy International Association (MIA) launched a global campaign with a goal to build an endowment for the important work of MIA.
Thanks to the generosity of friends, partners and stakeholders around the world, we have raised $11.2 million* to date.

Friends, partners and stakeholders of the Mercy mission are being asked to participate and inform the best strategy for building an endowment to secure the future of Mercy International Association, while also ensuring that funds are available for current initiatives.

The Campaign will raise critical support for:

An Endowment $26M* | Existing Program Support $2M* | The Mercy International Centre, Dublin $5M*

*All USD figures are based on a 1.3 exchange rate conversion from euros.
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    The Endowment

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    Sustaining existing programs

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IT IS FOR GOD WE SERVE THE POOR, AND NOT FOR THANKS.

− CATHERINE MCAULEY. FAMILIAR INSTRUCTIONS, P.140 −

THE MERCY STORY

MERCY’S HISTORY AND HERITAGE

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    CATHERINE MCAULEY. THE HEART OF MERCY

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    MERCY'S EVOLUTION

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ABOUT MERCY INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION

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    FOUNDING

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    Pursuing Global Needs

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    Mercy International Centre (MIC)

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SUSTAINABILITY AND SECURING THE FUTURE

Mercy International Association (MIA)  is uniquely positioned to coordinate action among Mercy congregations, ministries, and affiliates; and has leveraged this position to ensure the most efficient use of resources and advance scaling and replication of successful programs. MIA’s ability to coordinate and activate an international grassroots network attracts stakeholders committed to change on a global scale, through investments in local initiatives.

Currently, MIA is funded by support received from the founding Sisters of Mercy Congregations and modest income from activities − with the Sisters of Mercy playing the crucial role in providing financial support. It is important to reduce our dependency on the Sisters of Mercy Congregations for sustainability. As Catherine saw fit to establish a religious congregation to ensure the longevity of her work and ministry, MIA leaders believe we are at a time when the combined resources of the Mercy family can greatly enhance the services provided to those in need. A robust endowment is critical to ensuring our future and to continue the important work begun 187 years ago.

In many ways, Mercy’s founding story has come full circle; Catherine had a dream that she and a band of lay co-workers would live what we today recognize as the Mercy charism. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, she was led to understand that its continuance into the future needed the establishment of a congregation. Today there are about 7,200 Sisters serving in the world. At the same time, there are over 5,000 Mercy associates and more than 250,000 partners in ministry. These numbers are growing and Mercy’s tent is widening. As we listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit, we recognize that the continuation of the Mercy charism into the future depends increasingly on the combined resources of the Mercy family.

It is a pivotal time in Mercy International Association’s history, as it celebrates twenty years of successful engagement, the House on Baggot Street (the Mercy International Centre), and launches more focused global action initiatives to eradicate poverty and trafficking, and ensure environmental sustainability.

OUR CHARITY MUST BE IN OUR HEARTS AND FROM OUR HEARTS,
AND A CHARITY SUCH AS JESUS CHRIST PRACTICED WHILE ON EARTH.

− CATHERINE MCAULEY. RETREAT INSTRUCTIONS, P.148 −

ABOUT THE EVENT

An event will be held to thank donors for their commitment and support of the Sisters of Mercy and of Mercy International Association later in the campaign. The event will be held in New York, likely in the fall of 2016. It will feature a performance by Wynton and Branford Marsalis. Wynton and Branford were educated during their early years by Mercy Sisters in New Orleans.

WE HAVE EVER CONFIDED LARGELY IN DIVINE PROVIDENCE AND SHALL CONTINUE TO DO SO.

− CATHERINE MCAULEY. LETTER TO MARY ANN DOYLE, SEPTEMBER 24, 1841 −

…SINCE THERE IS VERY LITTLE GOOD CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED OR EVIL AVOIDED WITHOUT
THE AID OF MONEY, WE MUST LOOK AFTER IT IN SMALL AS WELL AS IN GREAT MATTERS.

− CATHERINE MCAULEY. LETTER TO FATHER JAMES MAHER, JANUARY 10, 1838 −