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The Congregation of School Sisters of Notre Dame was founded in 1833 in Germany by Caroline Gerhardinger, who believed that the renewal of society depended on the family and that mothers were the first educators. To that end, the School Sisters of Notre Dame chose as their mission the education of girls. Their ministry is directed toward education, which means enabling persons to reach the fullness of their potential as individuals. Their teaching extends beyond the classroom and into the lives of the people they serve-especially women, children, and persons who are poor.
The Congregation of Sisters of Mercy was founded in 1831 by laywoman Catherine McAuley in Dublin, Ireland who established the first House of Mercy to care for "distressed women of good character." The Sisters of Mercy are women who commit their lives to serving God's people, especially those who are sick, poor and uneducated. In the spirit of the Gospel, their mission is to help people to overcome the obstacles that keep them from living full and dignified lives.