Mar 25Purpose-filled Quest to The Northwest
Mercy Housing Northwest’s five founding communities have a long, rich legacy in the Northwest. In most cases, the communities themselves had to find their way to the Northwest and to the housing ministry.
Adrian Dominican Sisters
- Traces roots back to 1233 in Germany
- Came to Aberdeen, WA in 1890 to set up a hospital for loggers and a school
- Known as Edmonds Dominicans until 2003 and then joined Adrian Dominicans
Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary
- Founded in Quebec in 1843
- Main ministry was education, which brought them to NW 16 years after start.
- Known in Seattle for numerous schools they founded
Sisters of Providence
- Founded in Montreal in 1843
- Mother Joseph of the Sacred Heart traveled to NW in 1856.
- More than 30 hospitals, schools, and homes for orphans, the elderly and the sick followed.
Sisters of St. Dominic of Tacoma
- Founded in 1216 in France
- Main ministry was education.
- Founded Marymount Military Academy, which eventually became a school until the 70s.
Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace
- Founded in 1884 in Nottingham, England
- Involved in housing ministry since the start.
- Started first hospital in Bellingham, WA, which has grown into the multi-state PeaceHealth healthcare system.
- Joined as Founding Community of Mercy Housing in 1992
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