Women with a Mission St. Louis

Catherine McAuley

A mission-minded woman, Catherine McAuley founded Sisters of Mercy. In 1827 she was moved to respond to the suffering and poverty she witnessed around her in Dublin, Ireland. With a $1 million inheritance she established the first House of Mercy in Dublin. Today, we continue to strive to carry on Catherine’s mission to serve the poor, sick and uneducated - especially women, children and the elderly.

Message from a Member

“The Women with a Mission Society provides a platform for us to help meet the health care needs of the
St. Louis community through our connection to Mercy. The Society makes our philanthropic efforts all the more meaningful and effective.”

- Tessa Trelz, Partner, Armstrong
Teasdale LLP

As Women with a Mission, we strive to continue the mission of Mercy’s founder, Catherine McAuley. For more than seven generations, Mercy has established a legacy of care giving and commitment marked by compassion and excellence that continues today.

The Women with a Mission Society combines resources, vision and passion for helping others to support and improve health care in the St. Louis community. In the spirit of Catherine McAuley, the Society brings together women from diverse backgrounds with the common goal of making a difference. Women with a Mission leverages the power of giving together.


Membership is open to all who support the mission of Mercy throughout the St. Louis community with a minimum $1,000 annual gift. Each year, the Society identifies health care needs within Mercy. Each member is an equal partner in the decision-making process, and 100 percent of each gift directly supports the project(s) selected.

Activities and Benefits

  • Opportunities to socialize and network with other empowered women
  • Invitations to educational and social events sponsored by Mercy Health Foundation St. Louis
  • Satisfaction of making a difference by meeting great needs in our community

Regular attendance is encouraged but not required.


Quarterly Update - February 2016