Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy

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The Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy is a Roman Catholic religious institute founded by Bishop John England of the Diocese of Charleston, South Carolina, in 1829. The Sisters' founded schools, an orphanage, and a convent, and in 1882 opened St. Francis Xavier Hospital, which exists today as Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital in Charleston. The congregation grew and moved into the states of Georgia and North Carolina and shortly afterwards changed its name in 1949 to the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy. In 1989 the society opened an outreach center on Johns Island, near Charleston. The congregation lives by the rule of St. Vincent de Paul [1]

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