Significant Events

Significant Events in Our Mercy Story

1842: Arrival from Ireland of first Sisters of Mercy in St. John’s (Sisters  Francis Creedon, rsm,
Ursula Frayne, Rose Lynch

1847: Death of Sister Joseph Nugent from typhus

1855: First Newfoundlander, Anastasia Tarrahan, entered the order; Death of Sister Francis Creedon

1859: Foundation of St. Michael’s Convent and Orphanage

1861- First wave of expansion: Brigus, Burin, Petty Harbour, Conception Harbour,
1871:  St. Lawrence,

1884: St. Bride’s College and Convent opened

1893: Foundation on Sandy Point from Rhode Island

1916: Amalgamation of nine Convents of Mercy in Newfoundland into one congregation

1922: Foundation of St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital

1939: Opening of St. Clare’s School of Nursing

1917- Second wave of expansion: Curling, Bell island, Bay Bulls, St. Joseph’s, Marystown,
1950: St. Teresa’s, Goulds, Stephenville Crossing

1958: Opening of Holy Heart of Mary High School – joint ministry with Presentation Sisters

1959: Opening of St. Patrick’s Mercy Home

1960: Opening of St. Catherine’s Convent and McAuley Hall

1961: Opening of Mission in Monsefu, Peru

1959- Third wave of expansion: St. John Eudes, Baie Verte, North River, Upper Ferry,
1984: St. Fintan’s, Rushoon

1991: Opening of McAuley Convent on Littledale Property

1994: Opening of The Gathering Place – joint ministry with Presentation Sisters

2020: Move of Sisters from McAuley Convent to The Residence at Littledale