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.
Every place has its own particular ideas and feelings which must be yielded to when possible. Catherine McAuley letter to Frances Warde November 17, 1838
“…Good intentions and conventional formulas, so often used to appease our conscience, are not enough. Let us help each other, all together, to remember that the other is not a statistic or a number. The other has a face. The “you” is always a real presence, a person to take care of”.
Pope Francis from Ted Talk
Taking a chance is almost an extinct art. Without taking a chance we think risk is averted.
Think about the great changes taking place, electric cars, drones, and above all social unrest. This unrest is in the form of populism which is destroying societies around the globe. Populist movements such as Trumpism, aspects of the Brexit and Italy’s Five Star Movement all have roots in xenophobia. Leaders of those countries remained risk averse, not willing to take the political risk of dealing with social problems head on. The results are a disaster for democracy and in some places religious freedoms.
What if Catherine McAuley had never taken the punt on Baggot Street? She could well have lived a very comfortable life. As my colleague Dennis Horton once told me “not preferring to be with God’s people”. Catherine made the choice to walk the unknown path.
We are all leaders, whether in an organisation, work environment or family. As such, we should examine our capacity for change by taking a chance in our decision making.
If you want to see more about the changing legacy of Catherine McAuley’s work watch the video below