The History of the Community

Misericordia Sisters of Montreal – 1848

History and Mission

The Institute of the Sisters of Misericordia has its headquarters in Montreal (Quebec). It was founded in the city in 1848 by Mrs. Rosalie Cadron-Jetté, widow. She is a woman here, Lavaltrie born in 1794, married at 17 and mother of eleven children, six survived to adulthood. Widowed at the age of thirty-eight years, while the family lived in Montreal, it is especially devoted to help the single mother who was rejected by the company. At the request of his bishop, Bishop Ignace Bourget, she founded the community to continue the work.
The name “Sisters of Misericordia”, received Monseigneur Bourget, expresses itself the community charism of the Congregation. He identifies his own spirituality and draws the line of apostolic strength of his act.

Extending the Mission

Since its founding, the Institute has developed gradually extending its services in Canada and the United States, then in Cameroon, Africa and now in Ecuador, South America.
Rosalie Jetté Cadron-inspired those who followed him boldness and courage that have animated to meet the challenge of founding Institute said.
The Sisters of Mercy have headed homes for single mothers and their children, maternity open to all women and general hospitals. From 1970, they have gradually withdrawn from the field hospital and nursing homes, leaving only day centers.


By their particular ministry, the Sisters of Misericordia are engaged in a society where even today, female heads of single-parent families feel disadvantaged. They often live on the margins of their surroundings and are struggling to meet their needs and those of their children. On this difficult path, the support services are available to help women regain their independence by rediscovering their strengths and rebuilding their confidence in themselves and in others.
This support is lived in the same by listening and give benevolent home. Today the Sisters are still present to the Board of Directors of The Little House of Mercy in Montreal as well as Carrefour of Misericordia in Gatineau. Moreover, they retain control of the Educational Support Center in Montreal.
The Sisters of Mercy working with lay people who extend the mission by their actions in the same loving concern, compassion and justice are a great spiritual and apostolic Family: “International Family of Misericordia. »