Daughters of Our Lady of Mercy
MEET THE DAUGHTERS OF OUR LADY OF MERCY
OUR INHERITANCE IS MERCY
Mercy is our name, as shown on our community seal – our Tree of Mercy – whose circle of green branches signify a welcoming outreach to all who seek compassionate love and care under its protective branches. In the middle of our Tree of Mercy is the letter “M” and a “crown” of 12 stars – to honor Mary, Mother of Mercy, whose
name we bear – Mary, our model and patroness.
The growth of our Tree of Mercy began as a dream of our Foundress, St. Mary Joseph Rossello. Born to humble parents in Albissola, Italy, Benedetta, as she was named, from a very young age cherished and nourished her dream of becoming a religious in order to bring the mercy of God to the very poor. Her dream was “to have arms long enough to embrace the whole world and do good to all!”
Benedetta wished to dedicate her life to God and, being poor herself in material things, to serve the very poor. With great determination and nourished by prayer, perseverance, and constant bold risk-taking, Benedetta’s dream slowly became a reality. Thus the Tree of Mercy, first planted in Savona, Italy, grew, prospered, and took shape. As its roots grew stronger, the tree spread its branches to South America – Argentina and Brazil. Then in the year 1919, the Tree of Mercy reached North America – Springfield, Massachusetts and Hazleton, Pennsylvania – our founding missions.
As we, Daughters of Our Lady of Mercy, headquartered in Newfield, New Jersey, blessed by God’s grace and loving Providence through the years, celebrated the Centennial of our presence here in the United States in 2019. We invite you through these pages to get to know our Congregation and our Foundress, St. Mary Joseph Rossello, who was canonized in the year 1949 – the same year in which we were named the North American Province of Newfield.
The Daughters of Our Lady of Mercy, an International Religious Congregation, founded in Savona, Italy in 1837 by Saint Mary Joseph Rossello, strive to be a prophetic witness in the world of today as it extends the Mercy of Christ to others while remaining open to the voice of the Church and the needs of God’s people. The generosity which flows from their relationship with God is reflected in the members’ Christian concern for one another and those whom they serve.
CELEBRATING OUR CENTENNIAL
On Saturday, September 28, 2019, The Daughters of Our Lady of Mercy celebrated their Centennial marking 100 years of service in the United States. Below, you will find a video of the Centennial Mass and Dinner and a video slide show of the order's remarkable history.
The hands should be at work, the heart with God. -- St. Mary Josephy Rossello