WELCOME TO DAUGHTERS OF OUR LADY OF MERCY
OUR INHERITANCE IS MERCY
We, Daughters of Our Lady of Mercy welcome you to our website. 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, having our headquarters in Newfield, New Jersey, blessed by God’s grace and loving Providence through the years, now celebrate the Centennial of our presence here in the United States, 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.