Our Mercy Traditions


“It is clear to me now that what has most shaped my character is my education and understanding of mercy.  I have been instructed in lessons of the heart.”                                                                          Catherine McAuley


​At McAuley College, our aim is to keep alive this vision of Catherine McAuley and the Sisters of Mercy and to give it practical expression.  We do this by embedding the qualities of Mercy into our curriculum, our Pastoral Care Program and our policies and procedures. 

The College will embrace the Mercy values of welcoming; love; faith; wisdom and justice. It is clear to see how intrinsically these are linked to our vision and mission within the College logo.

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 Welcoming – inclusive

Faith – deepening a relationship with God

Justice – committing to social action leading to just outcomes

Love – loving God, self, neighbour and creation

Wisdom – seeking understanding through a holistic education

More specifically we will celebrate Mercy Day at the end of Term Three each year. This coincides with the opening of the doors of Baggot Street in Dublin, the refuge for the poor and marginalised called Mercy House. It opened on the feast of Our Lady of Mercy, 24 September 1827. 

Although the Sisters of Mercy did not establish McAuley College, we have inherited their vision and we share their mission. We embrace the legacy already established in the long history of education established in the Scenic Rim by the Sisters of Mercy. Both St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Beaudesert and All Saints' Catholic Primary School, Boonah, (established in 1901 and 1957 respectively), were started by the Sisters of Mercy. 

© Brisbane Catholic Education, McAuley College (2015)