...keeping hope alive...
Mission is at the heart of who we are. The works of Mercy are the ‘business of our lives’, reaching out to those in need.
The what and how may change, but inspiring us always as we seek to align Mercy’s mission to the needs of our time, is Catherine McAuley’s vision for a world where God’s love and mercy are experienced by all.
Mercy at its best will seek to achieve both systemic change and respond to human needs; each is required if our compassionate care is to help God’s kingdom to come.
To be in whanaungatanga – right relationship – is to enhance the quality of human life; and it’s also a call for humans to be at home in the Earth, with all other living species. Knowing that all of us belong is one of Mercy’s gifts; recognising that all living creatures are interconnected is another.
The vision of Nga Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa is shaped by Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the cry of Papatūānuku. The call of the Gospel and the spirit of Catherine McAuley inspire Mercy’s vision to unfold in transformative action within these contexts and in the emerging needs of today’s society.
While the work of this Congregation takes place far from Catherine McAuley’s Dublin, Sisters of Mercy and their companions in mission are linked across the globe in responding to that first call and ‘keeping hope alive in our world today.’
Our call is to share in God’s mission, in what may prove to be
the great adventure of our lives.’
Anthony Gittins CSSp