Mercy Philosophy of Education
Catherine McAuley generated in her sisters a deep concern for the needs of people around them. Referring to this concern, Article 43 of the revised Constitutions of the Sisters of Mercy of Ireland (1985) states:
It engages us in Christian education
contributing to the full personal development
and formation of Christ in others,
especially in those most deprived.
It urges us to be
with, and for the poor and distressed,
working for social justice and well-being,
seeking to bring rich and poor together
in mutual love and service.
In particular this concern is reflected
in our commitment
to the spiritual welfare of people,
through sharing the gift of prayer,
and through building Christian community.
Catherine McAuley's Prayer
Inspired by the vision of Catherine McAuley, Mercy education is committed to holistic development and to the achievement of the full potential of each student, particularly those who are disadvantaged or marginalized. It is a process informed and influenced by the teaching and example of Jesus Christ and is conducted in an atmosphere of care, respect and joy. Mercy education is committed to on-going whole-school development in collaboration and partnership with the Board of Management, Staff, Parents and the wider community. (Mercy Philosophy of Education 1996)
O My God, I am yours today and
all the days of my life.
Help me to trust completely in your
loving care and tender mercy.
May I realize that whatever happens this day...we will do it together.
Please take away any fears, anxieties or hurts that I might experience.
And may I always be aware of your gift of
hope delighting my heart and entire being.
I pray all this, my God and my Lord until that
great day we meet face to face... forevermore.