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.
The start of a New Year provides a wonderful opportunity to contemplate your personal goals for the year ahead. Certainly these involve aspirations at school, but empowerment of mind, body and spirit goes beyond the four walls of a classroom. In fact, when we nurture our wellbeing outside of school, we often find we perform better, as we are enjoying a balanced life.
If you are looking for ways to enrich your life in 2018, but have hit a brick wall when it comes to coming up with new ideas, have a look over the following and entertain one or more of these possibilities.
Volunteering: giving and respecting nothing in return is a beautiful quality. An important proverb in the bible is: “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.” It is impossible to overstate the value of the role you can play in your local community supporting those who are less fortunate. Volunteering roles are always in abundance – from lending a hand at your local Salvation Army, Mercy Hospice shop or hospital, to coordinating food drives at school or preparing a weekly meal for an elderly neighbour, the generosity of spirit you will feel and share with those around you is very powerful.
Supporting junior pupils: Jesus Christ is our Shepherd in life, showing us the way, the truth and the light. Here on earth, you can shepherd others, particularly the younger students. Becoming a mentor or tutor to junior members of your school has a great feel good factor to it.
Local tidy ups: environmental awareness is growing by the day, but there is still much work to be done. Take pride in your community by leading the charge on weekend working bees – with the approval and support of your local Council or neighbourhood, you can organise cleanups – from the beach to the roads and rivers, this contribution to your community will reward your mind, body and spirit.
Donate: excessive consumption of ‘things’ weighs down the spirit and is unhealthy for the mind, not to mention unnecessary. Make a pledge that 2018 will be your year to purge all of the excess from your life – and better yet, show generosity by donating items in great condition to those in need, and encourage friends and family to do the same.
Catherine McAuley said: “The compass… goes round its circle without stirring from its centre. Now our centre is God from whom all our actions should spring as from their source.” Her words speak true of how our commitment to mercy values helps to reveal the nurturing, mothering God at the heart of our universe.