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.
“At the door we’ve often had young males ringing the bell, asking for a cuppa and sandwiches,” says Judy. “But this morning we began a four-day programme for a pilgrimage of nearly 70 young Mercy leaders, accompanied by 14 university staff and other adults.” Judy is glad to be back at Baggot Street which she first visited on a Mercy pilgrimage in 2002. “To return in this Year of Mercy, as Ireland marks the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising, makes our travel extra special,” says Judy.
From the day it opened in 1827 on September 24, feast of Our Lady of Mercy, Catherine’s house served a multitude of purposes. It provided a home for herself and the young relatives entrusted to her care, as well as for the growing band of women who joined in her ministries to the sick and poor of Dublin. It included classrooms for girls and young women, a prompt and safe place of refuge for women abandoned on the street, an infirmary for the sick and dying, as well as a chapel where Mass and prayers could be regularly offered.