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.
Your love calls to us…in every pebble, rock and hill – to sing of your mercy and justice.
Sr Rosaleen Hogan rsm
As September rolls around we celebrate the dawning of spring in the Southern Hemisphere. Spring represents a time of awakening and rejuvenation. Rather than hit the malls or movies in the weekends we start to think about spending a weekend at the beach or exercising outdoors and making the most of the early summer sun. And it seems that nature is copying our own renewed zest with buds appearing and new shoots shooting!
Spring is also a great time for us to look forward and set new goals for the coming season. All too often our goals can be thwarted and derailed by simple obstacles. So, what can we do to keep on track and keep up that forward momentum?
Write them down!
Writing down our goals either on paper or on our computer, phone or laptop makes them more real and helps to keep us committed. You can revisit them on a regular basis and tweak them if needed to accommodate unforeseen circumstances. Its also easy to measure progress when you have a clear starting point to look back on. A good goal should take at least a few months to achieve.
Make them simple and achievable
Its probably realistic to set out five goals that you know you can complete and then feel good about rather than fifteen that never get finished. If you find you have too many goals on that list, then shift some into next year and just focus on current priorities.
Make them tight!
Once you’ve written your goals down you should go back and refine them or tighten them up, so you are clear about what you want to achieve, how you will achieve it and when you will achieve it.
Don’t forget to build a regular “check in” time into your diary to assess where you are at and progress made. Maybe every Saturday morning is check in time! Look at what you have done, why you got that finished, what were the things that held you back and plan how to keep moving forward after setbacks.
Before you know it, you will have worked through your list and made some real progress.