McAuley, Catherine

print
bookmark
comment
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
You may use the stars on the left to rate and leave feedback for the current article. No registration is required. Waiting for 5 votes 5.0 of 5 stars (1 votes) — Thanks for your vote

Please fill out the following optional information before submitting your rating:



McAuley was born to a happy, devout, wealthy Catholic family but her father died when she was seven. Her mother moved the three children from their country mansion to Dublin and converted to Protestantism, although she returned to the Catholic church just before she died a few years later.

Catherine was first fostered by a Protestant surgeon named Conway, then by the Armstrong family. Both families were well-to-do and both fell on hard times, but when she was 18 she was adopted by a Mr. and Mrs. Callahan, distant relatives, who were childless and wealthy. They, too, were Protestants, but McAuley converted both of them to Catholicism. When Callahan died in 1822 shortly after his wife, she was left his entire fortune.

She had long wished to do something to help poor women, and set about founding a religious order, the Order of Mercy, in 1829. The order has grown to be one of the largest women's orders in the church.

References

Dictionary of National Biography
Dever, Maria, and Dever, Aileen. Relative Origins: Famous Foster and Adopted People. (Portland: National Book Company, 1992)
The Catholic Encyclopedia
A Dictionary of Irish Biography, edited by Henry Boylan. (Dublin, Gill & Macmillan, 1998)

Indexes

European
Ireland
18th Century
19th Century
Philanthropists
Christian
Financial Problems, Poverty, Bankruptcy
School-age Years, Adolescence
Orphaned (Both Parents)
Relatives
Others ("Strangers")
Wealthy, Famous, Noble or Divine Adoptive or Foster Families
Very Poor (Financially) Adoptive or Foster Families
Other or Unknown Reasons for Serial Placement
Adoptees/Fosterees from Wealthy, Famous, Noble or Divine Birth Families
Parent(s) Died, Disappeared or Became Incapacitated
Birth Siblings Placed Together
Visitor Comments (0) - Be the first to comment
Adding your comments contributes to the adoption community. Please keep all comments on topic and civil. Visitors are invited to comment and vote for or flag comments based on appropriateness and helpfulness. All comments must adhere to our commenting rules and are subject to moderation.

To see local Adoption resources, please select a location (U.S. only):


Need a Home Study?
Adoption Photolisting
Holden (FL / 11 / M)
Holden is a handsome, Caucasian male with brown hair and hazel eyes. He is full of energy and very lovable. Holden loves to give hugs and get hugs in return; he can be very... [more]
Parent Profiles
A home of laughter a home of love a home to share. We are Sherrie and Anita and are happy and honored to share our story with you. We are so excited to be parents! We look... [more]
Directory of Adoption Professionals
Find a professional
for all of your adoption needs including:

Note: Our authors are dedicated to honest, engaged, informed, intelligent, and open conversation about adoption. The opinions expressed here may not reflect the views of Adoption.com.

Settings Help Feedback
Template Settings
Width: 1024     1280
Choose a Location:
Choose a Theme: