Catherine McAuley

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Birthday
29, 1778
Birthplace
Ireland
Death Date
Nov 11, 1841 (63)
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
29, 1778
Birthplace
Ireland
Death Date
Nov 11, 1841 (63)

About

In 1831, this Irish Catholic nun established the order of the Sisters of Mercy and dedicated the last ten years of her life to education-centered charity efforts. During her time as Sister Mary Catherine, McAuley opened fourteen English and Irish branches of the Sisters of Mercy and expanded the order to include 150 members.

Before Fame

The Sisters of Mercy began after McAuley used a large sum of money she had inherited to build a center in Dublin, Ireland for the care and education of impoverished women and children.

Trivia

After her death, her Sisters of Mercy organization expanded its reach to New Zealand, Argentina, Australia, and the United States and, by the early 21st Century, had grown to a membership of approximately 10,000.

Family Life

She and her two siblings grew up in Dublin as the children of Elinor and James McAuley.

Associated With

In the early 1990s, Pope John Paul II conferred upon McAuley the sainthood-eligible rank of Venerable.