Mahi/Ministries

“Our perfection does not consist in performing extraordinary actions, but rather in performing extraordinarily well, the ordinary actions of every day.”
Catherine McAuley

Education

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

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St Mary’s College, Auckland

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Carmel College, Auckland

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St Catherine’s College, Wellington

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St Mary’s College, Wellington

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Villa Maria College, Christchurch

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St Theresa’s Primary and preschool School

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St Joan of Arc, Leulumoenga, on the island of Savai’I,Samoa

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Health

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.

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Te Korowai Atawhai Mercy Hospice, Auckland

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Waiatarua Mercy, Parklands

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Mercy Hospital Dunedin

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Community

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.

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Te Ukaipo Mercy Initiatives for Rangatahi

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Te Waipuna Puawai Mercy Oasis, Ellerslie

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Coolock Cottages, Dunedin

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Mercy Villas, Upper Hutt

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Spirituality

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.

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Imaging Mercy Today
Key Mercy Symbols
Prayers

Te Ngākau Waiora Mercy Spirituality Centre

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