Through our health care facilities including residential aged care, hospice and surgical hospital care we provide a quality and holistic service founded on the vision of Catherine McAuley.
Mercy healthcare entities provide services which continue the healing ministry of Jesus, expressing God’s love and the vision of Catherine McAuley. Especially to those who are vulnerable through age or illness. Through compassion, Mercy offers healthcare which is promoting human wholeness in all its physical, emotional, spiritual and social aspects.
Residential aged care, including hospital and palliative care, is a vital part of Mercy’s ministry to older people.
Education is a core work of Mercy for the Sisters and Tiaki Manatū. While few of the Sisters are still in the classrooms, as Proprietor of their five colleges and their special relationship with McAuley College, the Congregation is involved in governance responsibilities at local and national levels.
Mercy education philosophy statements reflect Catherine McAuley’s concerns for the empowerment of women through an education which addresses each student’s spiritual, intellectual, emotional and physical development while challenging them to be women of Gospel justice in their own society.
As part of our work with Mercy Schools we have launched several initiatives to help guide and connect with Mercy Women.
Keeping up with the modern age, the Mercy Women NZ Facebook and LinkedIn pages help us stay connected to our past and present students, staff and other stakeholders. To connect with us and to share in the celebrations of Mercy work within our schools, please go to
Mercy’s community development ministries are committed to the pursuit of social justice and human development in the community. The work of transforming human lives and communities is achieved through Mercy’s core values: Te aroha ki te rawakore reaching out to the poor and vulnerable with a strong emphasis on programmes of empowerment, personal and professional advancement and social advocacy.
A wide range of inclusive services is provided in consultation with Māori and all groups and community agencies.
Lives that are centred in God are well placed for keeping hope alive. Far from being just wishful thinking, that hope is grounded in the very modern perception that God is at work in an unfolding, unfinished universe.
“Since God’s power is not limited to time or space, we have the same means as the greatest saints had. God can affect in us what he accomplished in them. In fact, to arrive at their sanctity requires no more than to simply perform our daily actions perseveringly and regularly for this is what constitutes a saint” – Catherine McAuley
In just a few short weeks we will mark and celebrate one of the most important days in our Sisters of Mercy History – Mercy Day.
This is the day that Catherine McAuley first opened the House of Mercy in Dublin, Ireland and dedicated it to Our Lady of Mercy. It represents a significant opportunity to celebrate the special work of the Sisters of Mercy and their friends all around the world.
In 1827, the house on Baggot Street in Dublin became a beacon of hope for poor young girls, providing them with empowering education, as well as offering a residence to homeless girls and women.
Inspired by her great work, the Archbishop of Dublin advised Catherine to establish a religious congregation, and three years later, on 12 December 1831, Catherine and two companions became the first Sisters of Mercy. In the decade that passed between the founding and her death, Catherine was able to establish a total of 14 independent foundations in Ireland and England.
Needless to say, 24 September is a very special day for us all as we honour the special community of women we are part of and their commitment to gospel values and the discipleship of equals.
From 24 September to 12 December, we can also celebrate ‘Good Cup of Tea Day’. Just before she died, Catherine told her Sisters they should have a good cup of tea together in their community room after she had gone.
Mercy International Association asks us to hold a Good Cup of Tea Day to help raise money for works of Mercy. Share this special idea with your school community, friends and family and hold your own Good Cup of Tea Day – a great way to celebrate one of our most important values – hospitality.