Founding the Institute

Throughout their history the Sisters of Mercy have continually sought to meet the changing needs of God’s people. Doing so has meant that governance structures of the first Mercy congregations have undergone several changes over the years. The ongoing story of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas is one of movement from independence to unification, as sisters have increasingly recognized the need to unite so as to continue seeking justice, being compassionate and reflecting mercy to the world.

On July 20, 1991, over 7,000 Sisters of Mercy formally joined their congregations together to become a single, unified whole. The creation of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas was the result of a long, consultative process intended to enable the Sisters of Mercy to better meet their mission and carry out their charism.

This exhibition explores this history with audio, video, photographic, and textual records from Mercy Heritage Center . Mercy Heritage Center is located in Belmont, NC and acts as an educational center and archives of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.

To navigate this exhibit, begin on the first section. Visit the links located on the top of the page, left to right. Artifacts that correspond with each section can be found on the page, or under each section’s link. The home button in the top left corner will return you to the main page.