Diocesan Sisters of Mercy of Portland
Main Number: 207-796-2359
Sr. Karen Hopkins, RSM
4 York Street
Sanford, ME 04073
Venerable Catherine Mc Auley, under the patronage of Mary, the Mother of Mercy, founded the Sisters of Mercy in Dublin in 1831 for the care of the poor, sick, and ignorant. The Congregation of the Diocesan Sisters of Mercy of Portland was established as an independent religious institute in July 1991.
Called by the Holy Spirit to follow Christ in giving glory to the Father, the sisters respond by vowing to live the evangelical councils of chastity, poverty and obedience in an ecclesial community. Sensitive to the need for a ministry of Mercy in the world today, the sisters, through a fourth vow, serve the poor, sick and ignorant. They commit themselves to grow in the love and likeness of Christ and to live a life of gospel witness. Sustained by prayer and their lives in community, they experience the mercy of God and share it with those in need.
All four houses of the community are located in the Diocese of Portland, Maine where the sisters minister in Catholic education, education to the Native Americans, ministry to the poor through social action, and service to the sick through visitation.