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.
On 27th March Atawhai Mercy Assisi Home and Hospital, situated in Hamilton, was offically handed over to it’s new owners Tamahere Eventide Residential Care.
Since 1971 Assisi has been a Catholic facility at first run by the Franciscan Sisters. It was in 1994 that the Mercy Sisters accepted the invitation to take it over. Due to circumstances beyond their control and after months of careful negotiation we said farewell to our Mercy facility.
The poroporoaki, farewell ceremony, was attended by members of the Mercy Sisters Leadership team, Board members, local Bishops, Sisters from Mercy and other Religious orders, management and staff, residents and friends of Mercy. Richard Kerr-Bell, Te Kauhutu Mission Administrator, Tiaki Manatū, opened the ceremony with a mihi. Those who spoke reflected the feelings in the room: our sadness at losing Mercy, gratitude for all that has been achieved, and renewed hope for the future.
The Poroporoaki was followed soon after by Mihi Whakatau. Tamahere Eventide is owned by the Methodist Church. They will be able to carry on the Christian values at the root of Atawhai Mercy Assisi. The passing on of these values was represented by the Mercy Cross which was given to the Methodist Bishop as a continuation of this legacy. They were also gifted a pohutukawa tree as a living reminder of the roots that have been established here and for future growth.
You can view a 10 minute video of the event by clicking here.
Below is a slideshow of the Poroporoaki & Mihi Whakatau