Social Justice Advocacy

Inspired by the Gospel and by the example of our founder Catherine McAuley, we Sisters of Mercy envision a just world for people who are poor, sick and uneducated. We commit to serving, advocating for and praying with those in need around the world.

We work passionately to reduce poverty, violence and racism as well as the widespread denial of human rights, the degradation of Earth, the continued oppression of women, the abuse of children, the mistreatment of immigrants and the lack of solidarity among people and nations.

We examine the root causes of these issues and promote systemic change in the communities in which we minister in the U.S., Latin America, the Caribbean, the Philippines and Guam. We connect our efforts on a global scale with Sisters of Mercy congregations throughout the world through Mercy International Association and Mercy Global Action at the United Nations.  

The Sisters of Mercy were founded out of a deep concern for persons who are poor. Today, that commitment is focused in five “critical concerns” that we address through attention to personal and institutional choices, advocacy with legislators and other government leaders, and corporate engagement. Read more about our Critical Concerns below.

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Critical Concerns

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We strive to act in harmony and interdependence with all of creation.

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We work to ensure the dignity of immigrants, refugees and victims of human trafficking and stand in solidarity with all who suffer oppression.

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We promote peace in families, in communities, in business and among nations.

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We oppose racism in all its forms and address it among ourselves and in the communities where we live and work.

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We work for equality of women, celebrating their contributions, advocating for their rights and speaking out against gender discrimination in the church and society.

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