McAuley, Catherine Elizabeth
MCAULEY, CATHERINE ELIZABETH
Foundress of the Sisters of mercy; b. Dublin, Ireland, Sept. 29, 1778; d. there, Nov. 10, 1841. After the death of her parents, Catherine was reared by Protestant foster parents, who left her a large legacy. Gradually she was attracted to helping the poor of Dublin. To this end she built a school for poor children and a residence for working women in Baggot Street, called the House of Mercy, which opened in 1827. Soon after this she added an employment agency and an orphanage as other young women came to help her. After deciding to form a religious congregation, she and two companions went to the Presentation Convent in Dublin to make their noviceship. They took simple vows (Dec. 12, 1831), and the Sisters of Mercy came into existence. When Mother McAuley applied to Rome for approval of her constitution, she stated that "the principal purpose of this congregation is to educate poor little girls, to lodge and maintain poor young ladies who are in danger, that they may be provided for in a proper manner, and to visit the sick poor." In 1839 Mother McAuley established a house in London, the first one outside Ireland. Since then the Sisters of Mercy have grown to be the largest religious congregation ever founded in the English-speaking world.
Bibliography: m. b. degnan, Mercy Unto Thousands: Life of Mother Mary Catherine McAuley (Westminster, MD 1957). m. e. evans, The Spirit is Mercy (Westminster, MD 1959). e. a. ryan, "The Sisters of Mercy: An Important Chapter in Church History," Theological Studies 18 (1957) 254–270.
"McAuley, Catherine Elizabeth." New Catholic Encyclopedia. . Encyclopedia.com. (February 19, 2019). https://www.encyclopedia.com/religion/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/mcauley-catherine-elizabeth
"McAuley, Catherine Elizabeth." New Catholic Encyclopedia. . Retrieved February 19, 2019 from Encyclopedia.com: https://www.encyclopedia.com/religion/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/mcauley-catherine-elizabeth
Encyclopedia.com gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).
Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.
Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia.com cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use Encyclopedia.com citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:
Modern Language Association
The Chicago Manual of Style
American Psychological Association
- Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most Encyclopedia.com content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
- In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.