The Mercy centre was founded by the sisters of mercy and catholic charities in 1961. students ages seven to sixteen attended the program. the sisters of mercy made up the entire staff.

The Mercy centre was founded by the sisters of mercy and catholic charities in 1961. students ages seven to sixteen attended the program. the sisters of mercy made up the entire staff.

 bishop bernard flanagan and bob cousy greet mercy centre students.

bishop bernard flanagan and bob cousy greet mercy centre students.

About The Mercy Centre

Bishop John Cardinal Wright's dream of opening a school for exceptional children was postponed in 1953, when a tornado struck and caused physical and financial crisis within the diocese. Finally, the purchase of land off of Chester Street in Worcester, along with the new concept of a day school, rather than a residential school, culminated in the opening of Our Lady of Mercy School for Exceptional Children on September 11, 1961. 

 

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The Mercy Centre Today

Mercy Centre Adult Services has remained open and continues to provide services to over one hundred people. Today, four programs are available, providing individualized options in the types of programs and services at the Mercy Centre.

While the age requirement is now eighteen, enrollment has risen steadily over the past year and referrals continue to flood in from local schools, former students, and a variety of outside agencies. The Mercy Centre serves people from Worcester, Auburn, Shrewsbury, Rutland, Holden, Spencer, Hudson, Marlboro, Millbury, and some travel from as far away as Hardwick and Holland.