In 1854, 八个年轻的慈悲修女会, 由玛丽浸礼会修女罗素领导, 离开了金塞尔海港, 从爱尔兰到旧金山. 到1857年，修女们建立了圣. Mary's Hospital in San Francisco and in 1924, they purchased the Kohl Mansion in 伯林盖姆 which became the Motherhouse. In 1931, the Sisters opened their first Catholic high school, Mercy 伯林盖姆, in the Kohl Mansion. Since the founding of the school, more than 8,000 young women have graduated from Mercy. Mercy has grown tremendously over the past 91 years and, 今天, more than 375 学生 and 80 教师 and 工作人员 members form the Mercy community.
The Sisters of Mercy are an international Catholic religious order of women who influence and serve in education, 医疗保健, 保障性住房, 社会服务, 社会正义, 以及宣传工作. As part of Mercy Education System of the Americas (MESA), our school is connected to a global network of 40 high schools, 20所小学, and 17 Universities and Colleges sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy.
我们的 核心价值观 仁慈教育的特点是什么. These are the ideals we stand up for and strive to live up to. We hold ourselves to these standards as an institution, as a community and as individuals. Each value is interconnected and necessary as we take Mercy into the world.
Most recently the Sisters have asked their ministries to provide education and outreach programs in five areas they have called the Critical Concerns. Through the Critical Concerns we have been asked to focus on issues concerning women, 不暴力, 种族歧视, 移民与地球.
9月24日, 1827, 慈悲圣母的盛宴, 凯瑟琳McAuley opened the House of Mercy (now 国际美慈中心)，在爱尔兰都柏林. She used her sizable inheritance to build the House of Mercy as a safe shelter and place of education for young women who came to Dublin from the surrounding countryside seeking employment. Unknowingly, 凯瑟琳McAuley planted the seeds of a new religious congregation.
12月12日, 1831, after completing her novitiate with the Sisters of the Presentation, Catherine pronounced her vows as the first Sister of Mercy. Sisters of Mercy who minister throughout the world to persons who are poor, sick and uneducated celebrate this as their Foundation Day.
In 1854, 25-year old 圣母玛利亚浸礼会罗素 led a band of eight Sisters of Mercy from their home in Kinsale, Ireland to San Francisco to create the first Mercy community in California. Mary Baptist created numerous social service institutions that were critical to San Francisco’s social safety net, 包括孤儿院, 医院, 就业中心, 和学校, 其中许多仍在运作.
她对病人和穷人的同情, 以及她对女性教育的奉献, live on in Mercy高中 伯林盖姆’s core values.
The Sisters of Mercy from California to Michigan have begun a new Mercy moment. The six former regional communities are now the 美洲慈悲修女会-West Midwest. While the West Midwest Community central administrative center is in Omaha, 内布拉斯加州, sisters and associates continue their ministries in their respective geographical areas. They serve in 32 states and four countries.
Animated by the Gospel and 凯瑟琳McAuley’s passion for the poor, we, 美洲慈悲修女会, are impelled to commit our lives and resources to act in solidarity with:
- the economically poor of the world, especially women and children;
- women seeking fullness of life and equality in church and society;
- one another as we embrace our multicultural and international reality.
This 承诺 will impel us to develop and act from a multicultural and international perspective;
- work for systemic change; practice non-violence;
- act in harmony and interdependence with all creation;
- and call ourselves to continual conversion in our lifestyle and ministries.
Mercy高中 is a sponsored ministry of the Institute of 美洲慈悲修女会 and is a member of the Mercy Education.