Ministry in Healthcare

Caring with Compassion

Care of the sick is integral to the charism and tradition of all Sisters of Mercy as well noted in the founding history of the congregation. Visitation of the sick in their homes and in institutions has been adapted to circumstances of time and place, yet remains a strong witness of the Mercy ministry.

In the early and mid- twentieth century the Sisters of Mercy owned and operated in St. John’s a large acute care hospital, St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital, as well as a large nursing facility for the aged and infirm, St. Patrick’s Mercy Home. Until recently the Sisters administered a large school of nursing associated with the hospital. In addition to those who ministered in these institutions, sisters continued to visit the sick at home, and in other health care facilities in the areas where they lived and worked.

Today, Sisters of Mercy of Newfoundland may be found at St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital and  St. Patrick’s Mercy Home in the ministry of pastoral care.  Sisters have great devotion to our sick and infirm sisters at the Residence at Littledale.  Some sisters attend to the sick in the parishes and regions where they dwell.