It’s a universal fact that in situations of poverty, it is women and children that suffer most.
Part of being a Mercy woman is making a positive contribution to society, and where we can have the most impact is through assisting those who are most vulnerable.
Recently St Mary’s College Auckland students volunteered to take part in an outreach for De Paul House. De Paul House is a Catholic organisation on the North Shore providing emergency housing and family support to those in need. The families who access their service have experienced homelessness and poverty. As part of their service they run a learning centre for all the children in their care from ages three to 12-years-old.
St Mary’s students arrived with a box of resources and ran the holiday programme session. It was a positive and rewarding experience for everyone involved.
An amazing trait Catherine McAuley had is she could imagine life differently for people in poverty.
Through visiting the lanes and slums of Dublin she had a true understanding of what it was like to be poor and through this grew a great love for the people she visited and an admiration for their fortitude in living in such conditions.
When Catherine visited the poor, she didn’t hand out gifts and favours. Instead she instigated professional services that would empower people who were powerless.
The Mercy International Association describes Catherine McAuley for being extraordinary in three ways:
- Her innate love and concern for people
- Her faith, belief and conviction that she encountered Christ in every person in need
- And her ability to imagine an alternative society.
Our Mercy schools provide an environment, where as well as being educated to become our own agents of advancement and liberation, we also have many opportunities to contribute positively to society through service.
Keep up this awesome work and know you are making a real difference.
Read more about Catherine McAuley and the Ministry of Mercy here.