History and Sisters of Mercy Sponsorship

Catherine’s House is a ministry of the Sisters of Mercy. Animated by the Gospel and Catherine McAuley’s passion for the poor, Catherine’s House is committed to our mission and vision.

History: In 1991, Hester Tribble, a social worker and graduate of the former Sacred Heart College, approached the Sisters of Mercy regarding her dream to serve the homeless.  The Sisters of Mercy agreed to help her by forming an active board and allowing the use of an empty building on the grounds of the former college.  When Ms. Tribble was unable to continue, the Sisters of Mercy adopted the ministry which opened in November of 1992.  They named it Catherine’s House in honor of their foundress, Catherine McAuley of Dublin, Ireland. For the past 25 years, Catherine’s House has provided residential care and services to over 2,200 women and children.