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Mercy Spirit


We live-out the Mercy charism through promoting social justice, showing compassion, giving to others

through acts of service and showing care and concern for the poor and vulnerable in our world. Some of the

practical ways we develop the Mercy spirit follow…

Service Captains

Each of the six Houses at Villa Maria College has a

dedicated Service Captain. Their role is to support

their House groups through their leadership,

encouragement in faith and action and reaching out

into the community.

Mercy day

Mercy Day is always celebrated at Villa Maria

College; it is a tradition that honours and

commemorates the school’s founder, Catherine

McAuley. On this day in 1827 she opened the House

of Mercy in Dublin.

We too open our doors on this day to a group of

very special guests from around Christchurch.

Children from special-needs units are invited to

spend a day with Villa girls and staff.

Mission efforts

Girls are encouraged to raise money for ‘Mission

Efforts’ throughout the year. College Vertical

Groups and Mercy Action Groups find innovative

ways to raise funds for Caritas Aotearoa (the New

Zealand Catholic Bishops’ agency for justice, peace

and development), and our sister school in Tonga.

Having a ball

Each year, our Head Service Captain

and a team of Villa girls help to

organise the Ball for the Disabled.

In conjunction with The Special

Events Trust, Villa girls play a key role

in making this event happen. The

Ball provides an opportunity for its

special guests to come together and

have fun, while also allowing Villa girls

to be part of creating joy for others.