Our Spirit, Our Story…
The Auburn Foundation, originally the Sacramento Foundation, dates its history back into the gold rush era. Founded from
Mother Mary Baptist Russell brought her sisters to
The young community found itself engaged in a broad diversity of works. In addition to teaching the children and providing for the educational needs of adults, the sisters were the first visiting nurses in the city, founded a subscription library for the adult population and cared for orphans. All this was done with minimal financial resources and the support ofa very small Catholic population.
Over the ensuring years, the ministry of the sisters expanded to include health care. In the late 1800’s, responding to an invitation from doctors in the city, the sisters took over the administration and ownership of Ridge Home, a small hospital which had been owned by physicians. The following year they moved to larger quarters, opening
The sisters were part of the fabric of the civic community. As the city grew so did the outreach of the sisters. By the 1940’s the ministry of the community expanded to
In the early 1940’s the community moved to its present Motherhouse in
The Community Today
Today the tradition of Mercy established by the early sisters thrives within an atmosphere of collaboration and partnership. The geographic proximity of the sisters has enabled close bonds to be developed not only among the sisters themselves, but also with the larger civic community. In the 1980’s the community elected to expand its mission through collaboration with others. Two Mercy Foundations were established to support the works of Mercy, one in
The mission of the Mercy Sisters today takes many forms. In addition to the traditional works of education and health care, sisters are engaged in retreat work, social service and pastoral ministries. The opening of Mercy Center Auburn highlighted a commitment to provide a place of prayer and spiritual growth for the people of northern
Sharing ministerial leadership with lay leaders has enabled members to respond to the needs of the time, such as the chronically homeless, outreach to immigrant families and children with learning challenges.
The geographic area served by the
Sisters of Mercy