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Sisters of Mercy

The Sisters of Mercy of Newfoundland is a congregation of women religious who live and minister according to the spirit of their founder, Catherine McAuley. Catherine’s gift of Mercy shaped the story and ideals of the congregation she founded and became the hallmark of its mission and spirituality. Three Sisters of Mercy from Ireland arrived in Newfoundland in 1842. The Sisters of Mercy formed the first community of Mercy in the new world. The story of Mercy in Canada, is one that is rich in history and tradition, steeped in and shaped by the unique culture of Newfoundland and Labrador, the most easterly province of Canada.

The Sisters of Presentation

In the early 18th century new seeds of God’s creative dream were planted in the heart of a young Irish woman, Nano Nagle who went on to be the founder of the Presentation Sisters. In 1833 four pioneering sisters carried her vision to Newfoundland. They were the first community of Presentations Sisters to leave Ireland and they also formed the first English speaking community in what is presently Canada.  The story of Presentation Newfoundland and Labrador is also one rich in history and tradition, marked by the unique culture in which it has grown as they endeavour in new ways to meet today’s needs.