Religious Sisters of Mercy

The Religious Sisters of Mercy is a religious institute of pontifical right dedicated to the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. It was established in 1973 in response to the renewal called for in the Second Vatican Council. The Institute's Motherhouse is located in Alma, Michigan. It recognizes the Venerable Catherine McAuley as its original foundress.


The Sisters profess the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, as well as a fourth vow of service. They work predominantly in the apostolates of education and health care. As of 2015 the community numbers about 100 members and has houses in several states as well as Germany, Australia and Italy.[1]

Sacred Heart Mercy Health Care Center (SHMHCC) is a non-profit Michigan corporation founded by the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Michigan.[2]

Sister Mary Prudence Allen R.S.M. was among the 40 theologians and philosophers Pope Francis named to the International Theological Commission on Sept. 23, 2014. She is one of five women, and two Americans named to the commission that was set up in 1969 to advise the pope and Vatican on doctrinal issues.[3]


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