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.
“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever” – Psalm 23:8
For Year 13 school leavers, reaching the halfway mark in the school year can be a very surreal time knowing that the page is almost about to turn and reveal a new chapter in your ever-evolving story. It is an exciting but possibly daunting time as well, particularly if you are still making decisions about what 2019 might look like.
We find and receive strength through our relationship with our Lord, and as a living image of Him, can be confident that we will never lose our way even if the path to our chosen career or life plan isn’t linear. It’s also good to remember that nothing of significance ever comes easy.
If you are contemplating what lies ahead and would like a helping hand in the direction that is best for you, here are a number of avenues that can help you on your way.
Be guided by mission: ‘At its heart, mission is more than ‘what’ we do. Its life and meaning come from ‘why’ and ‘how’ we do it’ (Atawhai Mai Atawhai Atu, 2014). This is so true of the career or path we choose. The satisfaction we can derive from following our dreams is more than just the realisation of the goal – it is also manifest in good judgement, well-meaning intentions and living out our dream with honesty, integrity and selflessness. In other words, choosing a career path simply because we think it will earn us the most money won’t bring us true contentment, but picking a career that contributes to transformative action in the emerging needs of today’s society can.
Career counselling: If your school doesn’t have access to career counselling, there are a number of free websites that can help you to work through what you will be best suited to. Remember, not everyone follows the traditional ‘school – university – workforce’ route and that’s ok. You may decide to volunteer for a year or take a gap year overseas.
Work experience: Sometimes we have an idea of what we think we want to do, but when faced with the reality of our choice, we realise it’s not for us. This is where work experience can be really useful. Many organisations have open arms and welcome students into their professional family as interns or sometimes even paid apprentices. If you have a particular passion, and would like to experience a trial period, then start reaching out to the businesses you might like to work with.