The Sisters of Mercy

The Venerable Catherine McAuley was born in Dublin, Ireland, on September 29th 1778 and died in 1841. Catherine spent her early adult years nursing family members. On September 24th 1827 she purchased a house in Dublin to provide a place of homeless girls so that they could be educated. As time continued Catherine realised that her work for the poor could only be continued if she started a religious order. On December 12 1831 the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy was born.

The Mercy Sisters’ values live on today when we:

  • Respect for the dignity of all people 
  • Compassion Service to others 
  • Justice for all 
  • Care for the poor 
  • Care for the vulnerable 

September 24th is the Feast of Our Lady of Mercy.

Visit the Sisters of Mercy's New Zealand website.

The Rosminian Order

The Institute of Charity

Blessed Antonio Rosmini was a great Italian philosopher and theologian, and founder of the Institute of Charity (Rosminians). Rosmini was born March 24th, 1797, and died July 1st , 1855. He was ordained a priest in 1821. Rosmini founded the Institute of Charity in 1828 at Monte Calvario near Domodossola. Italy.

Antonio Rosmini was committed to the education of young people. He believed that:  

  • Education brings hope of knowing the Truth of God: hope for our futures. 
  • Education of the whole person: spiritual, intellectual, physical, emotional and moral. 
  • Education for all students as individuals 
  • Education to become great people 
  • Education to become the highest good to which we aim to be 
  • Education that leads to: holiness, love of our Church, service, acknowledging God’s care and guidance, recognizing God’s place in our daily lives. 

July 1st is the anniversary of the death of Antonio Rosmini. 

Visit the Rosminian's international website

Contact Details

Street Address: 121 Kakapo Street, Gore, Southland, New Zealand
Postal Address: P O Box 94, Gore 9740
Telephone: (03) 208 9060
Fax: (03) 208 0000

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