The community was founded in 1988 as the
Ecumenical Brothers of the Mercy of God (BMG).
Br. Gerald William, our founder, did
preliminary outreach and recruited a few
prospective members who gathered at Christ
Church Cathedral, Hartford, Connecticut.
The initial ceremony of first
vows by two brothers and reception of two
novices took place in October, 1989, at the
St. Pius X Capuchin Friary, Middletown Connecticut.
these early members were from New England,
so the small group was able to meet monthly
for Sundays of prayer, discussion, and camaraderie.
In 1990, meetings were moved to Sacred
Heart Oratory, Vernon CT. Another brother
pronounced first vows there that year.
Since then, additional members have been
received every year, except in 1994 when
a two-year formation program was instituted.
the community began to spread geographically,
not all members could attend monthly gatherings.
The New England group continued to
do so and, in 1992, the first national events,
a Religious Life Weekend Retreat in the spring and Chapter I in the fall, were convened at the Christian
Brothers Center, Narragansett RI.
entity was incorporated in Rhode Island as
a non-profit organization on the Feast of
the Transfiguration, August 6, 1992. At
Chapter I, the group adopted a democratic
model of self-governance, decided to include
women, changed its name to Mercy of God Community
(MGC), and adopted a formal Rule and Bylaws. The first election of a Leadership
Council was held at Chapter II, in October,
1993. In 1994, the U. S. Internal
Revenue Service recognized MGC as a religious
order and granted tax-exempt status.
first sister professed vows in June, 1995.
The internet domain name "mgc.org"
was obtained and the original website was
launched on the Feast of St. Clare, August
11, 1996. Chapter III was convened
in October, 1996. The tenth anniversary
celebration highlighted the spring meeting/
retreat in June, 1998. Chapter
VII was held in October, 2011.
community has continued to grow and national
spring meetings/retreats and fall conferences/chapters
have been held every year. At
the re-founding in 1992, there were nine
brothers. As of December 31, 2012,
there were 13 members, 2 accepted for Candidacy,
80 individual associates, and 3 associated
parishes, residing in 28 states and Australia.
While adhering to our historic foundations,
we aspire to a present and future as outlined
in our Charism Statement.