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.
On Tuesday 5 March we will celebrate Shrove Tuesday.Whatan important daythis isin our calendar as a reminder to us all that we are entering a season of penance, with Lent beginning the following day. During the Lenten season(6 March – 18 April)many of us will observe a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. The real purpose behind this is to enable us all to set aside some time to reflect on Jesus Christ – his suffering and sacrifice for us all. This period marks the forty days leading up to Easter.
But why do we eat pancakes on Shrove Tuesday I hear you ask? This is probably a carry over from times when households needed to use staple foods like eggs, dairy and flour before the period of fasting began.
The word shrove means to hear a confession, assign penance, and absolve from sin. In the Middle Ages, it became the custom to confesssinsonShrove Tuesday so that we could enterthe penitential season in the right spirit.
In languages that derive from Latin,Shrovetide is also known asCarnivaleand translates literally as farewell to meat as we began this period of fasting.
On Wednesday 6 March,as we remember Ash Wednesday, manyof us will choose to attend mass where the focus will be on repentance from sin. The ashes we receive at mass are a symbol of repentance andthedeathof Jesus Christ.
Take timeat this special time ofyear to truly reflect and engageon your faith.
To find out more about how you can prepare for the season and follow past practicefollow this link for resources on listening, viewing, praying and reflection.