Catherine McAuley and the Tradition of Mercy

Overview

Catherine McAuley was born into a wealthy Dublin family in 1778. By the time she had reached adulthood, she had witnessed the death of both parents, and experienced considerable religious uncertainty and turmoil. Driven by a deep faith and pragmatic sense of charity, she opened, in 1827, an institution for unemployed and underprivileged women. This proved to be the first step towards the foundation, in 1831, of the Sisters of Mercy, an order now established on every continent. Catherine McAuley was declared ...
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Overview

Catherine McAuley was born into a wealthy Dublin family in 1778. By the time she had reached adulthood, she had witnessed the death of both parents, and experienced considerable religious uncertainty and turmoil. Driven by a deep faith and pragmatic sense of charity, she opened, in 1827, an institution for unemployed and underprivileged women. This proved to be the first step towards the foundation, in 1831, of the Sisters of Mercy, an order now established on every continent. Catherine McAuley was declared Venerable by Pope John Paul II in 1990. The present volume, a collection of some of the most important writings by and about Catherine McAuley, includes letters, memoirs, and annals by many of the first Sisters of Mercy and McAuley's original manuscript of the Rule and Constitutions of the order, critically edited for the first time. The book provides a chronology of McAuley's life, presents the texts of the relevant writings, and gives information about the authors of these manuscript accounts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780268022594
  • Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Pages: 430
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
Prologue - A Portrait of Catherine McAuley 7
1 A Chronology of Catherine McAuley's Life 9
2 A General Introduction to the Early Biographical Manuscripts 26
3 Mary Ann (Anna Maria) Doyle, 1809?-1866 37
The Letters of Mary Ann Doyle to Mary Clare Augustine Moore 41
The Derry Large Manuscript 45
Excerpts from The Annals of...Sisters of Mercy, Saint Joseph's, Tullamore 65
4 Mary Clare (Georgiana) Moore, 1814-1874 77
The Letters of Mary Clare Moore to Mary Clare Augustine Moore 85
Excerpts from The Annals of the Convent of Our Lady of Mercy, Bermondsey 99
5 Mary Vincent (Anna Maria) Harnett, 1811-1865 130
The Limerick Manuscript 139
6 Mary Clare Augustine (Mary Clare) Moore, 1808-1880 193
"A Memoir of the Foundress of the Sisters of Mercy in Ireland" 198
7 Mary Frances Xavier (Frances) Warde, 1810-1884 217
Excerpts from The Annals of Saint Leo's Convent of Mercy, Carlow 225
8 Mary Vincent (Ellen) Whitty, 1819-1892 235
The Letters of Mary Vincent Whitty to Mary Cecilia Marmion 241
9 Mary Elizabeth (Anne) Moore, 1806-1868 247
The Letter of Mary Elizabeth Moore to Mary Ann Doyle 255
The Letter of Mary Elizabeth Moore to Mary Angela Dunne 257
10 An Introduction to Catherine McAuley's Manuscript of the Rule and Constitutions of the Sisters of Mercy 258
11 Rule and Constitutions of the Religious Sisters of Mercy 294
Epilogue 329
App. 1: Redmond O'Hanlon ODC 334
App. 2: Catherine McAuley's Reading and Prayers 341
Notes 343
Works Cited 397
Index 403
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