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.
Hurrah for foundations! Makes the old young and the young merry – Catherine McAuley
A centennial celebration is always highly anticipated and greatly cherished. When 100 years is being celebrated in the education sector it’s even more special because it recognises the incredible efforts made to raise and nurture future leaders. That’s exactly what Villa Maria College has been doing since it opened on 18 February 1918.
The fact the school turned 100 in 2018 makes it all the more meaningful for new Head Girl Emily Baker. “I feel very privileged and thankful to be given the opportunity to represent Villa Maria College as the Head Girl for the 2018 Centennial Year. I am beyond excited to see what we can achieve as a Villa community during this year of celebration”.
It has been an impressive journey for Emily during her four years at the college with some of the greatest highlights including her time on the field as part of the hockey team – earning the honour of a Federation Cup win in 2016. “As a major interest of mine, it has been amazing to see the growth of hockey at Villa and I believe this year we can continue to have the same success”.
From the sports field to the stage, Emily also holds her Stage Challenge memories close to her heart. “I have had the pleasure of experiencing the cultural side of the college through my involvement in Stage Challenge, taking out first place in the raw division in 2016 was a great achievement of ours”.
Reflecting on these wonderful memories will become an important part of the wider school community as Villa Maria enters its hundredth year. Emily looks forward to leading the school in this year-long celebration. “We will be celebrating the success of all Villa girls both past and present. We will look back on the last 100 years as a school to see how much we have achieved. As leaders this year we wish to embrace tradition, but we are excited about what the future holds as a school for the next 100 years”.
“Our main focus this year as leaders is to create an environment where every girl feels part of the Villa family. We wish to value, emphasise and enhance the culture within our school and encourage girls to support, empower, uplift and inspire one another on their journey to becoming Mercy women”.