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Catherine McAuley

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Lily McIntosh

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Transcript of Catherine McAuley

Life Journey
Main Achievement
"Peace in the Cross, joy in suffering, prayer in action and action in prayer" - Bolster, "Catherine McAuley".
September 29 1778 - 1841
Part Two
Part One
Contribution to life in New Zealand
Adult Life
Peoples Reactions
The Significant turning point in her life:
Her Journey:

Catherine McAuley's journey started from a very young age. She was bound to be a excellent role model and that is exactly what happened. Her true journey though, really began when she opened the first House of Mercy in Dublin. From there her whole life started to blossom into a world of giving, caring and passion.
Many people were unsupportive of Catherine's work. Saying things like "Why did these women look like a religious order, yet not abide by the normal regulations of religious orders?", "Who was this "upstart" Miss McAuley?" and "Why was the "unlearned sex" doing the work of the clergy?". Despite having lots of criticism thrown at her, Catherine still kept going and found that just as many people were supporting her like her fellow Sisters of Mercy and many more.
Obstacles and Trials
Catherine McAuley
Catherine McAuley was born on September 29, 1778 in Dublin, Ireland. Her parents were Elanor and James McAuley. Catherine was an Irish nun who founded the Sisters Of Mercy. Catherine spent the money she had inherited on opening the first House of Mercy on Lower Baggot St, in Dublin Ireland on September the 24th 1827. It was a place of shelter for women and girls to learn.
Elements of a Journey
- The person setting out on the journey -
Catherine McAuley

- The place the traveler leaves at the start of the journey -
Her childhood house in Dublin, Ireland

- The destination the traveler arrives at the end -
Sisters Of Mercy on Baggot Street, Dublin, Ireland

- The route the traveler follows -
She lived in Dublin and Coolock, Ireland she went from her childhood home, to living with relatives then of course living in the Sisters Of Mercy House on Baggot Street

- The things that confuse, appose or block the travelers way -
The people around her not supporting her catholic faith, money requirements and people close to her dying

- The things that are useful to the traveler -
Always having a safe place to stay, being surrounded with people who had the same vision as her

- People who befriend and accompany the traveler -
Her siblings, the Armstrongs and their friends, her fellow Sisters Of Mercy

- Safe places where the traveler rests and shelters along the way -
Her childhood home, the Armstrong's home, the Armstongs's friends home, the Sisters Of Mercy house
Cultural Background
Parents & Family Influences
Influences & Education
Faith & Spiritual Development
Catherine's parents both died when she was young so along with her brother and sister, Catherine went to live with relatives (the Armstrongs). Despite the Armstrongs being very anti catholic Catherine still practiced catholic faith. From her upbringing she found
"Peace in the Cross, joy in suffering, prayer in action and action in prayer" - Bolster, "Catherine McAuley".
From a young age it was clear Catherine would be a very kind and giving person. Her father influenced her very much often bringing in homeless people.
When she was 25 years old Catherine started giving catholic instruction to the household servants and poor village children from Coolock House. At the time she was a live in companion with the Callaghans (friends of the Armstrong's), despite them also not supporting catholic faith they still helped her financially. As well as this she taught the young girls how to sew then sold what they made in a small shop. When William and Catherine Callaghan sadly died, she (Catherine McAuley) was surprised to find that she had inherited 25,000 pounds of their money as the Callaghans were very wealthy, this was extremely helpful for her.
Catherine was strongly catholic. Her parents were also but the people she then moved to live with did not support catholic faith at all. Despite this her companions still supported her in anyway they could.
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It was hard for Catherine with both her parents dying and not many people around her supported her faith in the earlier part of her life. One of the hardest times for Catherine was when her sister Mary died of consumption (tuberculosis), leaving Mary's husband and their five children. This brought on even more responsibility for Catherine; it was even harder for her as the first Sisters of Mercy house was due to open in a months time. When the first Sisters of Mercy house opened on the 24th of September 1827 it was highly criticized. Again her situation became worse for her when Mary's husband William Macauley died suddenly on January the 25th 1829. This now meant that Catherine was the legal guardian of nine children; her nieces and nephews, two young cousins and two orphans.
Compassion and Reconciliation
Catherine McAuley showed compassion and reconciliation by taking in young woman and children who were struggling and showing them a new way of life. She gave many people chances that never would have been possible without the motivation of her and her sisters. Overall she founded nine Convents of Mercy in Ireland and England that were all linked to her through her frequent visits and letters. Not only was she helping the young woman and orphans she was also helping the woman who ran the convents, by giving them jobs and knowledge they couldn't have found elsewhere.
Influences in her life:
Her Father James McAuley
Her relatives the Armstrongs
The Callaghans
Her Fellow Sisters of Mercy
The Archbishop of Dublin
Jesus Christ
Irish Sisters of Charity
Her Priest friends - Joseph Nugent, Edward Armstrong and Michael Blake
I believe the significant turning point in Catherine's life as when she inherited the money from the Callaghans. Despite it being a sad time of death this was the true moment of opportunity for Catherine. She could now turn her visions into action.
Baggot Street, Dublin Ireland
Catherine McAuley's main achievement was starting the Religious Institute of the Sisters of Mercy. It started on the 12th of December 1831 when Catherine and two others took vows. The Archbishop was very supportive of this and The Sisters of Mercy grew to be a very large organization in different parts of the United Kingdom. When Catherine died in 1841 there was already 100 Sisters in 10 foundations. Then in April of 1990 Pope John Paul II declared Catherine McAuley a venerable Saint.
Major Contribution to NZ Society
What Catherine did to inspire people in NZ
There has been many cases in New Zealand where Catherine McAuley in the form of The Sisters of Mercy has helped people of our country. One case who was struggling from a drug addiction was blessed by The Sisters of Mercy and since then began a healthy relationship with a woman and his family, rented a house, admitted drugs weren't the answer and went back to university.
All the families that The Sisters of Mercy helped would have been inspired to share their knowledge and kindness throughout New Zealand. Also the people who were helped would have been inspired to become better people and make changes in their lives which they did. The new Zealand Sisters of Mercy have all been inspired by Catherine McAuley to continue her work and they are doing this by working on lots of projects in places such and Tonga, Samoa and Chile.
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