The Sisters of Mercy are called to serve in several areas of Critical Concerns, including:
EARTH: To reverence Earth and work more effectively toward the sustainability of life and toward universal recognition of the fundamental right to water.
IMMIGRATION/MIGRATION: To reverence the dignity of each person; To create a spirit of hospitality for immigrants and refugees; To stand in solidarity with immigrants, refugees and trafficked persons.
NONVIOLENCE: To deepen and assimilate more consciously the practice of non-violence and to have peace-making promoted at all levels - families, communities, businesses, nations, and among the countries and people of the word.
POVERTY: Act in solidarity with the economically poor of the world, especially women and children and to engage in volunteer work with and for persons who are poor as well as social analysis, advocacy and efforts to bring about systemic change.
RACISM: To oppose racism and work to develop a multicultural perspective that deepens our response to the unrecognized and unreconciled racism past and present.
WOMEN: Understand and participate in Catherine McAuley's special concern for women by working toward efforts that ensure the safety of women and children, celebrate the gifts and contributions of women, advocate for women's rights, and work against gender discrimination and towards the welfare and education for women.