The Misericordia Women's Board was founded in 1921 by its first President, Mrs. Frances McCormick McGuire.  Mrs. McGuire enabled hundreds of Women's Board members to support the mission of Misericordia.

The purpose of the Women's Board is to promote and support the work of Misericordia by means of volunteering and fundraising.  The Women's Board fundraising initiatives include:


Annual Angel Appeal:

The Women's Board's Angel Appeal has been a major source of funding for Misericordia since the 1980's.  This annual campaign brings loyal donors from all over the country, whose gifts range from $25 to $100,000.  All donations are most gratefully received and are used to support the programs that enrich the lives of more than 600 children and adults who call Misericordia home.  For more information or to donate, click here.


Heart of Mercy Ball:

The Heart of Mercy Ball is the signature event of the Women’s Board and through the years, this annual gala has raised millions in funds for Misericordia.

A highlight of the evening is the presentation of the Heart of Mercy Award, the Sister Rosemary Connelly Service Medallion, and the Pillars of the Community to individuals who are recognized for their extraordinary commitment to the mission of Misericordia.  The Heart of Mercy Ball will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2024 at the Hilton Chicago. For more information on this year's Heart of Mercy Ball, please click here.


Christmas at the Home:

The Women's Board Christmas at the Home is an annual tradition. Women's Board Members and their guests get together in December at Misericordia to celebrate the holiday season and the blessing of Misericordia.  The day includes shopping, lunch, and a program with music by Misericordia’s Heartzingers Choir and a dance performance by the Heartbreakers.

Christmas at the Home will be held on Tuesday, December 3, 2024.



If you are interested in learning more about the Women’s Board, Contact Marcia Desmond, Membership Coordinator at: [email protected]

2024 Membership dues for current members, new members, and Sustaining members may be paid by check and mailed to: 

Carla Grossmann
1927 N. Dayton Street
Chicago, IL  60614                       Please make checks payable to: Misericordia Women's Board.          


To change your membership type, update your membership information, or become a new member, please complete:                2024 Membership Application/Renewal Form

For additional information contact Meg Fiorenza :  [email protected]

Please note that funds raised by the Misericordia Foundation go directly to support Misericordia Home’s programs and services. The Misericordia Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization.