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.
Leadership is a wonderful privilege. Built on the foundations of compassion, interconnectivity, transformative action, generous love and mercy, and a faithfulness to god’s mission to support future life and growth, leadership skills lie in all of us. They can be activated and improved through selfless acts and empowering others, and through a commitment to enhancing human life and keeping hope alive in today’s world.
For Year 13’s heading into their last term of school, now is a wonderful opportunity to not only refine your leadership skills as you embark on a new chapter, but to consider what leadership wisdom you can impart on the leaders of 2018 – the up and coming Year 13’s who will look to you for guidance and inspiration.
Mercy Values provide inspiring guidance around how to be a strong leader. In honour of these values, here are some examples of great leadership acts that will not only enrich your life, but make a powerful and lasting impression on the leaders of tomorrow.
Hospitality: generosity of spirit goes hand-in-hand with hospitality, and there are many great hospitable acts that demonstrate leadership. We have all experienced what it is like to be new to an environment, and whether it is welcoming new children at your school, or families into the neighbourhood, greeting new people with an open heart and mind is a hallmark of a natural leader. Equally, spearheading a fundraising campaign like donating food or money to a worthy cause, such as St Vincent de Paul or Caritas, inspires the community of people around you to take heed of this generous act and emulate the same behaviour.
Service: an endearing leadership quality involves service – offering your time, skills, energy and support without the expectation of receiving something in return. Service is just as important at school as it is at home. Show your peers how good it feels to contribute to their community by helping their younger peers navigate new challenges, or by showing initiative with small jobs that need doing around the school like picking up rubbish and helping to keep classrooms tidy. Showing gratitude towards teachers, coaching sport, or tutoring students are all virtuous acts and show great leadership.
Compassion: this beautiful quality is one of the most inspiring to discover in others – it represents sensitivity, empathy, love, tolerance and humanity. You can be a compassionate leader every day at school – from forgiving those who have hurt you, through to caring for others who are struggling with friendships or study. The ultimate act of great leadership is helping justice to be served in situations where someone has been wronged – sticking up for those who are finding it hard to stick up for themselves will have a lasting impression on that person and those who bear witness to the act.