A campaign to support the women who are Sisters of Mercy

If you have lived in the Chicago area, chances are very likely you’ve benefited from the good works performed so freely by so many Sisters of Mercy.

Since their 1846 arrival in Chicago, the Sisters have become synonymous with service to those in need. They established more than a hundred essential ministries including schools, hospitals, social service organizations, advocacy and aid programs.

The Sisters of Mercy have accomplished all of this with grace, dedication and selflessness. Today, they continue to advance their mission, directing their resources not to themselves but to those in greatest need.

But what about their needs?

Over the decades, these women religious have given so selflessly to educate, heal and care for others. They have done so with minimal compensation and with almost no resources allotted for their retirement.

At this time, more than two-thirds of the Sisters in the Chicago area live at Mercy Circle. To provide a way for those who benefitted from the Sisters’ ministries to honor their life-changing contributions, we established Complete the Circle.

Mercy Circle hosted its first gathering for donors to its Complete the Circle campaign. Three sisters were honored by having their residences permanently named in their honor. Also recognized was the Mercy High School Alumnae Association, which has contributed over $200,000 to the retired Sisters of Mercy.

A legacy of service

1846 St. Mary Free School for Girls
St. Joseph Free School for Boys

1847 St. Francis Xavier Academy

1848 St. Mary Free School for Girls
St. Joseph Free School for Boys, Galena

1850 Holy Name School
St. James Free School

1852 Mercy Hospital
St. Joseph School
St. Anne School, Bourbonnais

1854 St. Agatha Academy

1857 St. Angela Academy

1859 St. Joseph School, Ottawa

1863 St. John School for Girls

1866 St. James School

1867 St. Joseph Academy, Dewitt

1869 Mercy Hospital - Genesis, Davenport
Notre Dame Seminary, Independence
St. Mary School, Davenport
St. John School, Independence

1870 St. Patrick School, Janesville
St. Louis School

1872 St. Elizabeth Hospital for the Mentally Ill – Women, Davenport
St. John Hospital for the Mentally Ill - Men, Davenport

1873 House of Mercy

1874 St. Xavier Academy, Ottawa
St. Mary Free School

1875 St. Joseph Academy, Cedar Rapids
All Saints School

1880 St. Mary, Streator

1881 St. Gabriel School

1883 Mercy Hospital, Iowa City
St. Catherine Academy
St. Patrick High School, South Chicago
St. Malachy School
St. Patrick, South Chicago
St. Agnes School

1884 St. Patrick Academy
Immaculate Conception School, Lacomb

1885 St. Elizabeth School
St. Patrick School, Milwaukee
St. Rose of Lima School

1886 Immaculate Conception School, Milwaukee

1887 Holy Angels School

1888 Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Academy

1889 St. Monica School
Sylvester School

1890 St. James High School

1891 St. Elizabeth High School

1893 St. Anne School

1894 St. Catherine Residence, Milwaukee
Academy of Our Lady of Mercy, Milwaukee

1895 St. Catherine High School, West Side

1897 St. Gabriel High School
St. Mary Academy, Libertyville

1898 Holy Family, Davenport

1900 St. Finbarr School
St. Francis, Keokuk

1901 St. Columbia School, Ottawa
St. Cecilia School
Corpus Christi

1902 McAuley Hall, Davenport
St. Cecilia Academy, Burlington
St. Joseph, Libertyville
St. Patrick, Burlington

1903 St. Thomas Mercy Hospital, Marshalltown
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School

1904 Mercy Home
St. Ita School

1906 St. Mary's Training School/Maryville, Desplaines
Mercy Hospital, Janesville
St. Finbarr High School

1908 Precious Blood School

1909 St. Ita High School

1910 St. Thomas Aquinas School

1911 St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Aurora
Resurrection School

1912 Mercyville, Aurora
St. Xavier College
St. Lucy

1914 St. Alphonsus, Mt. Pleasant

1915 St. Patrick, Seneca

1916 St. Joachim School
St. Mary of the Lake School
St. Mary, West Burlington

1917 St. Catherine of Siena
Holy Rosary
St. Justin Martyr
St. Mary, Lake Forest

1918 Our Lady of Solace School
St. Matthew, Shullsburg

1921 Misericordia South

1922 St. Mary's Hospital, DeKalb

1924 St. Gabriel Commercial High School
St. Catherine of Genoa School

1925 Mercy High School, Milwaukee
Siena High School
Mercy High School
St. Mary, Sycamore
St. Paul of the Cross, Park Ridge

1926 St. Clara Club, Milwaukee
Little Flower School
St. Ann, Barrington

1927 St. James, Arlington Heights
St. Ethelreda School
Holy Family, North Chicago

1928 St. Patrick Academy, Desplaines

1929 St. Lawrence, Elgin
St. Catherine, Dundee
St. Clotilde School

1930 Sacred Heart School, Manilla

1937 Christ the King School

1940 Mercy Infirmary

1946 St. Malachy High School

1949 Marquette High School, Ottawa
St. Raymond, Mt. Prospect

1950 St. Monica School

1952 St. Irenaeus, Park Forest

1953 Queen of Martyrs School
St. William, Janesville
St. Stephen, Desplaines
St. Joan of Arc, Skokie

1955 Our Lady of the Assumption, Beloit

1956 Mother McAuley High School
St. Patrick, McHenry

1957 Burlington Catholic Central High School, Burlington
Mary Queen of Heaven, Elmhurst
Mary, Seat of Wisdom, Park Ridge

1959 St. Joseph the Worker, Wheeling
St. Eugene, Fox Point

1960 St. Matthew, Glendale
St. Emeric, Country Club Hills

1968 Mercy Hall

1971 Mercy Manor, Aurora
Mercy Center, Aurora
St. Charles Lwanga

1976 Misericordia North

1977 Austin Career Center

1983 St. Angela School

1984 Mercy Center Tolentine, Olympia Fields

1985 McAuley Manor, Aurora
Mercy Rehabilitation Center, Homewood

1989 Frances Warde School

1992 Fox Knoll, Aurora

(In Chicago unless otherwise noted)

Will you consider making a donation in honor of the Sisters of Mercy? A gift to Complete the Circle is the perfect way to express your gratitude to the Sisters for their service.