Religious Communities

Sisters of Mercy

The Sisters of Mercy came to Athlone in 1857.  We have been involved in Education, Nursing, Social Work, Parish Ministry and Visitation of the sick and elderly.  We strive to answer our call to be a compassionate presence of God in our locality.

We have four houses in Athlone:

  1. Dún Mhuire, Lyster Street. Email: [email protected]
  2. Cois Abhann, Lyster Street. Email: [email protected], [email protected]

For further details about the Congregation visit our website

Disciples of the Divine Master

Chapel of Adoration, Community and Liturgical Centre

8 Castle Street, Athlone, Co. Westmeath.

Liturgical Centre Opening Hours:

Mon-Fri 9:30-5.30pm

Closed for lunch 1-2pm

Saturday 10 – 1.00pm

Closed Sunday and Bank Holidays

Tel. 09064 92278

[email protected]

For further details:

More about the Congregation

Our Vision

Disciples of the Divine Master, consecrated women living and giving Jesus, Way, Truth and Life to the Church in Ireland and to the world.

 Our Mission

Called from many cultures to be Disciples of the Divine Master we are committed to follow Jesus in a prayerful, simple and joyful lifestyle through our Eucharistic, Priestly and Liturgical ministry. We are committed to creating sacred spaces of prayer and hospitality for all, especially for priests, religious and young people seeking guidance, discernment and support.

They began in 1962 and have a community also in Dublin (

Ministries and Charitable works in Ireland

The sisters seek to live in accordance with the Gospel values which are incarnated in the Rule of Life and the Vision and Mission Statement. The following is an overview of their charitable outreach:

Disciples of the Divine Master:

As a group of religious women consecrated to God, their first mission is to one another. They care for each other in an atmosphere of caring and sharing; seeking to witness to a world that it is possible to live in an international and varied cultural group with respect and in harmony. In a busy world, they are committed to living a life which speaks of Christian values and by their committed way of life; they desire to speak of God’s love and mercy.

Life of prayer and vowed life:

Fidelity to the Eucharistic Adoration is key to the life style of the sisters. The sisters believe that this prayer reaches out to the world and contributes to healing and peace. Each month the sisters gather to meditate for a day of silence and prayer. This commitment enables them to nourish themselves and to reach out to the wider public in love and service.

They serve the community through the Eucharistic, Priestly and Liturgical ministry:

Chapel: Their communities and chapels are open to the public for quiet prayer, meditation and reflection. In the Divine Master Centre, Athlone a steady stream of persons visit day and night in order to pray for the needs of the world. In both Centres, the sisters extend hospitality and a warm welcome to persons in need.

Hospitality: The sisters open their community and offer hospitality to young people, priests and lay persons who desire to withdraw from a busy life to have space and prayer. A group of 5 women and 2 young men live on the premises. The sacred space enables these young people to have a safe environment while away from their own families.

Liturgical Ministry:

Part of the outreach of the mission of the community is the creation and beautification of the Houses of worship. In both communities the sisters have small Liturgical Centres which provide the clients with all that is required for worship and prayer. Some sisters and volunteers are employed in such work – craft, sewing, card making, banner making etc. The sisters attend regular outreach Conferences in order to bring their mission and service to others.

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