Leaving a Legacy of Mercy

The Sisters of Mercy were founded with an estate gift to Catherine McAuley. Catherine used this bequest to foster her personal mission of serving the poor, sick and uneducated. As a result of this generous inheritance and her deep faith, Catherine built the House of Mercy in 1827 to meet the religious, educational and social needs of the women and children of Dublin, Ireland. In 1831, she founded the religious community of the Sisters of Mercy so these works may endure.

Generous benefactors who remember the Sisters of Mercy during their lifetime and in their estate plans continue this legacy, and allow us to commit our resources to serve, advocate, and pray for those in need around the world.

Continuing Your Charitable Giving

You have probably donated to charities throughout your lifetime. You might think that leaving a final gift is complicated, or that only very wealthy individuals make estate gifts. Leaving a final gift to continue the Sisters' good works of Mercy can be very simple, and you may give a gift of any amount. The right information may even mean the difference between losing your estate to probate fees and taxes or leaving an inheritance to your family and the charities that depend on you.

Sisters of Mercy Legacy Society

The Sisters of Mercy Legacy Society is a special way to recognize individuals who have made provisions for the Sisters in their estate plans. The only requirement for membership is a confirmation of your intent to make an estate gift. Supporting documents are most appreciated, but are not required.

We hope you will let us know if you plan an estate gift to the Sisters of Mercy, so we can thank you properly. Your name will be listed in our publications as a member of the Sisters of Mercy Legacy Society unless you indicate you wish to remain anonymous.

Seeking Advice

With proper planning, you can protect your estate and family, while continuing to support the Sisters of Mercy. We would be pleased to discuss with you ways to leave a legacy of Mercy. Feel free to contact our advancement office staff for more information.

When planning your estate and providing for a gift to the Sisters of Mercy, it is advisable to work with your attorney, accountant, or financial advisor. A financial professional can best advise you on the tax implications and legal matters that affect your situation.

Bequest Language

When making a planned gift, it is important to have a will or trust that clearly states your intent. The provision or wording for making the gift depends upon the type of gift you wish to make.

A sample of the proper bequest language for Sisters of Mercy is: “I give, devise, and bequeath [the sum of $_________ ] OR [___% of] [the residue of my estate] to the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, of Silver Spring, Maryland, to be used exclusively by or for the benefit of [describe the sub-group of sisters who are the intended beneficiaries].

If the Trustees or Directors, as the case may be, of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas determine, with absolute discretion, that the use of all or a portion of the bequest exclusively by or for the benefit of [describe the sub-group of sisters who are the intended beneficiaries] is impossible or impracticable, the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas are authorized to use such funds in the best interest of the organization."

The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas is a charitable 501(c)3 organization. Please consult with your financial advisor as to the tax implications of your gift.

For More Information

Your planned gift to the Sisters of Mercy sustains our mission of prayer and service to God's people. If you require more information or assistance, please feel free to contact our Advancement Office at (402) 393-8225 or at development@mercywmw.org.