Our Story is simple, yet marked by God's
loving care for us and His people.
Being missionaries, one may ask why are
we in the United States? This is precisely why:
As missionaries, our Congregation is
present on all five continents. One of its first missions was
Saipan, in the Mariana Islands in the South Pacific. It was on this
island where the Lord first called us to a new ministry: to care of
It was the war against Japan during
Would War II. The late Msgr. Arthur Tighe, then a young priest from
Kansas City and chaplain in the Air Force, landed with his unit on
He met the Mercedarian Missionaries of
Berriz there. "If you want to continue your mission on Saipan and
on the other Micronesian Islands", Fr. Tighe told them, "you will
need to learn English." He committed himself to find a place
for the Sisters in the United States.
The first Sisters arrived in Kansas City
in September of 1946, followed by six more in March of 1947, Our
Lady of Mercy Home was established.