Mercy Crest Celebrates 25 Years

by: Cindy Taylor

How it began and grew  In the early 1990s, the Sisters of Mercy in Arkansas found a way to provide a retirement home for themselves while ministering to others. With funding from the Sisters’ retirement fund under the guidance of Sister Judith Marie Keith and Sister Stephanie Miller, the dream of McAuley Convent was expanded to include a 62 unit retirement center that was opened to the public.

Dedicated on September 24, 1992, Mercy Crest was a new concept and the largest retirement community that the Sisters of Mercy had built in this region.  An additional 40 apartments were added in 2004 bringing Mercy Crest to its current size of 102 apartments. In 2012, Mercy Crest doubled the dining and activity space to allow for larger group activities.

Through a deep desire to help the marginalized poor and seeing the need for affordable care for the elderly, Mercy Crest became an Assisted Living Level II facility in July 2005. This certification afforded Mercy Crest the opportunity to admit Medicaid eligible residents who had a very limited ability to pay. With the addition of a gym, Mercy Clinic and a Restorative Care Program, Mercy Crest continues to explore opportunities to expand services that meet the needs of the growing elderly population.

Irish Festival  On October 28, 2017, Mercy Crest and McAuley Convent will celebrate our 25th Anniversary with an Irish Festival. The celebration will offer a walk through the History of Mercy, Irish music and dance, Irish stew and other culinary treats, arts and crafts exhibits, and games for the kids. Come celebrate with us the Féile sa Bhaile! Festival at Home.

For more information contact Mercy Crest Assisted Living, 1300 Strozier Lane, Barling, 479-478-3000 or visit

Written by Cindy Taylor, Administrator at Mercy Crest Assisted Living,