Who is Catherine?

We’re often asked, “Who is Catherine?”

The “Catherine” in our name is a reference to Catherine McAuley, an Irish laywoman who was born in Dublin, Ireland in September, probably in 1778. She was introduced to the realities of poverty when her father died just five years after her birth. She lost her mother after another fifteen years. In 1803 Catherine became the household manager for an elderly, childless and wealthy couple, little knowing they would eventually leave their estate to her. In 1824, using the proceeds of the estate, Catherine built a large home in Dublin to house and care for impoverished women and children. Much more on the fascinating story of Catherine’s life, including the creation of the Sisters of Mercy, can be found at their web site.

Catherine’s Health Center is committed to serving people from all walks of life without regard to faith. Through our own growth and development we have known challenges and are inspired by Catherine’s example, including her words to this effect: “Put your whole confidence in God. He never will let you want for the means to do his work.”

Because health care is necessary for life, we are determined to follow Catherine’s example of service.

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