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.
All goes well when you can work together in harmony
M Patricia O’Neill rsm
The beauty of true friendships is that they transcend time, geography, age, ethnicity, gender, and the list goes on!
Since the inaugural International Friendship Day in 1958, we have committed one special day a year to recognising the value of our friendships, although we celebrate them each and every day by being a good friend to those around us. This year, International Friendship Day is on Sunday 5 August.
Friendship is such an important part of creating a strong, content community – after all, to be in whānaungatanga – right relationship – is to enhance the quality of human life. We are all interconnected living creatures and knowing that we belong is one of mercy’s gifts.
While we certainly don’t need one day of the year to remind us about the importance of friendship and being a good friend, here are some of the many ways you can let your friends know how much they mean to you this International Friendship Day, and every other day of the year.
Go the extra mile: giving without the expectation of receiving is liberating. Beneficence can take practice, but it helps to foster resilient relationships where each party is giving their best for the most genuine reasons.
Counsel the doubtful and comfort those in sorrow: being a good listener and encouraging others in their time of need is a special quality within friendship.
Forgive all injuries: great friendships can survive anything. It can be easy to carry a grudge, but encourage and accept redemption, and when your emotions have led you astray, be willing to accept accountability. Bear wrongs patiently and give others and yourself the room to make mistakes.
Be compassionate: being a true friend involves compassion – sharing, righting wrongs, being loyal to justice and sticking up for our friends – are all compassionate actions. Loyalty is such an essential quality to any friendship.
Be happy for them: jealousy is an all-consuming emotion and leads to unhappiness. Celebrate your friends’ achievements and invite them to share in yours. Competition should only be with yourself and be gentle with your friends’ self-esteem.