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History of Mercy Volunteer Corps

Mercy Volunteer Corps (MVC) was founded in 1978 by the former Merion Regional Community of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas as a lay ministry, grounded in the charism of Catherine McAuley, to address the needs of the economically poor and marginalized throughout the United States.

In 1993, MVC was incorporated under the sponsorship of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, thus establishing it as a ministerial partner of the Sisters of Mercy. In 2000, the first international volunteers were commissioned to serve in Guyana, which continues as a site for volunteers. Since its beginning, MVC has placed more than 1000 women and men in 169 different service sites in 24 states, South America, and Central America, contributing more than 2,042,880 hours of service.

As a sponsored work of the Institute, MVC is a form of commitment to the charism of Mercy, a part of the family of those inspired by Catherine McAuley and provides a transformative opportunity for generous women and men to live in a counter-cultural style. The impact of the MVC experience on the volunteers extends far beyond their term of service.



Mercy Volunteer Corps (L to R) former staff member, Lisa Stellino, and current Executive Director, Marian Uba, meeting with founding Executive Director, Ellen Cavanaugh, RSM.

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