Mercedarian Spirituality

    Evangelization with Mary
    in the Light of the Eucharist

    The two great pillars of our charism are the presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist and the maternal presence of Our Lady of Mercy. 

    Statue of Our Lady of Mercy

    Mercedarian Sisters in Adoration

    Our life revolves around the Eucharist. It is there, in silent adoration of the 
    Blessed Sacrament that we discover the actual captivities that enslave us and our brothers and sisters. It is of utmost importance that we place ourselves, like Saint John the evangelist, on Jesus’ heart to experience the longings of his heart and make them ours. Every day, when we go to the encounter of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, we surrender to Him everything we are and do, and we ask Him to transform us into Himself. Only when we allow our Lord to draw us into communion with his heart’s deepest desires, can we go to our apostolates and encounter our brothers and sisters. In the evening, we come back to prayer, carrying with us the unredeemed world and present it to Jesus asking him to hasten the day when He will be all in all.

    Mary, Our Lady of Mercy, accompanies us during our journey,
    teaching us and helping us to be transformed into Eucharist
    for the glory of God and the good of our brothers and sisters.  

    Mercedarian Spirituality

    Mary holding Jesus and excepting John as her sonThe Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy founded in 1218, is an international community of priests and brothers, who live a life of prayer and communal fraternity based on the Rule of Saint Augustine and the Constitutions of the Order.

    From this life flows the apostolic work of the Order that seeks to carry on the work of our founder, Saint Peter Nolasco, who in imitation of Jesus the Redeemer, offered even his life for those Christians in need of redemptive love.

    We, Mercedarian Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, were aggregated to the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy on June 11, 1946.  Our Mother Foundress Maria del Refugio wanted to put our Institute under the patronage of Our Lady of Mercy and share therefore in all the graces and indulgences given to the Order.  At the “School of Mary,” as our Holy Father John Paul II wrote in his encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia, we learn that,

    Mother Foundress Maria del Refugio

    Experiencing the memorial of Christ's death in the Eucharist also means continually receiving [Mary]. It means accepting – like John – the one who is given to us anew as our Mother. It also means taking on a commitment to be conformed to Christ, putting ourselves at the school of his Mother and allowing her to accompany us. Mary is present, with the Church and as the Mother of the Church, at each of our celebrations of the Eucharist. If the Church and the Eucharist are inseparably united, the same ought to be said of Mary and the Eucharist.

    Mercedarian religious strive to live the following spiritual values:

    • The constant giving of our lives as Jesus does in the Eucharist.
    • Example and model of Christ the Redeemer
    • A life centered on the Eucharist and our Blessed Mother
    • Daily Mass, Liturgy of the Hours, Meditation, and Rosary
    • Eucharistic Exposition and Benediction
    • Faithful to the Magisterium of the Church