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History of Maricourt Catholic High School

Maricourt Catholic High School was founded by the Sisters of Mercy on 12th September 1957 under the title of Mater Misericordiae High School with Sister Mary Magdalen as the first head, a position she held for 32 years.

It opened in the convent parlour with only 16 eleven year old girls, but they moved to the first small section of the school in January 1958. This was formally blessed by Cardinal Heenan on 8th March.

Because of the interest taken in it by the Bootle Education Committee, it rapidly grew in building and numbers and became a voluntary aided Grammar School in September 1964, maintained by the Bootle Authority.

The Government, however, favoured Comprehensive education and so, in November 1967, the Archbishop of Liverpool, Dr. Andrew Beck, approached the Sisters to see if they would take over a nearby Catholic Secondary Modern School named St.Pauls and annex it to their building as a Co-educational Comprehensive.

This they agreed to do and, in September 1968, the first Co-educational Comprehensive School in the Archdiocese opened under the new title of Maricourt Comprehensive with Sister Mary Magdalen still as Headmistress. She retired at Christmas 1989 and was followed by Sister Mary Teresa who led the school until 2007. Mr McLoughlin led the school for the next 12 years and following his retirement in 2019, Mr Mangan became the new Headteacher.

History of the Institute of Our Lady of Mercy

In September 1827 Catherine McAuley established a 'House of Mercy' in Baggot Street, Dublin, Ireland. There she and several companions provided food, clothing, housing and education for many of Dublin's poor women and young girls. In 1831, with the approval of Archbishop Daniel Murray, she and her first companions founded the Congregation of Sisters of Mercy, the house in Baggot Street serving as its first convent.

Over the next ten years, as new co-workers presented themselves, thirteen other convents, two of them in England, were established. Invitations to found further convents were by now reaching Baggot Street from many parts of the world.

Catherine died a holy death on 11th November 1841. Within a few decades her congregation had spread worldwide. It is still one of the largest congregations of women religious in the church.

On 9th April 1990, by decree of Pope John Paul II, Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, was declared Venerable, in recognition of her holy life, her love of God and her merciful work among the poor. This is a major step in naming her a Saint.

Prayer for the Beatification of Venerable Catherine McAuley

Loving God you chose Catherine McAuley for the service of your people who are poor, sick and uneducated. You inspired her to found the Sisters of Mercy so that these good works might endure.

Give to each of us a portion of her compassionate spirit and an ardent desire to serve your suffering people.

Graciously hear our prayers for Catherine and by granting the favours we ask through her intercession, hasten the day when her sanctity will be celebrated by all the Church. Amen.

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