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Faith, Mission & Social Justice

Our Faith and Mission program provides opportunities for students to realise and explore issues of social justice in our local and global communities. Students are encouraged to be aware of the needs in our community and for our environment, working together to create a just world in the true spirit of Mercy.

Catherine McAuley College is built on the Mercy Charism inspired by Catherine McAuley and the Sisters of Mercy and is actively engaged in the community of the Sandhurst Diocese. Like Catherine, the teachings of Jesus and the Gospels inspire us in our words and actions and support the Mercy Values of service, courage, compassion, hospitality, respect and justice.

The Gospel values and teachings are fundamental in the integrated programs of Veritas and Virtues, which support students in developing a greater understanding of issues and the connection to all areas of the curriculum. Outreach, community service and awareness of the needs of others is an integral part of the program undertaken across all year levels.

Students are supported in developing a meaningful contemporary connection to their faith through social justice activities, prayer, liturgies, community service and Mercy in action. Inspired by Catherine McAuley’s courage and determination to educate, empower and serve the poor, students are offered opportunities to engage in activities to support both local and global projects, including the Winter Sleep Out, Seeds of Justice conference, leadership days, Bendigo Foodshare, Mercy Works and the Caritas Challenge.

Mercy for our Common Home is the College theme for 2020, which challenges our community to work together to contribute to the school’s goal of creating a sustainable future. The encyclical Laudato Si’ provides the base for the reGEN program which encourages students to care for our environment and reduce our carbon footprint, minimise waste, save energy and water, promote biodiversity and reduce our impact on climate change. Many challenges and activities to support the reGEN project will be implemented by the student leaders.

“All of us can cooperate as instruments of God for the care of creation, each according to his or her own culture, experience, involvements and talents.” (Laudato Si’, Paragraph 14)

COLLEGE PRAYER

Loving God,

We ask you to bless Catherine McAuley College

and challenge us to act in the spirit of Catherine.

May we inspire all in our community to be learners impelled to thrive and serve.

Guide our community to live our Mercy Values and the Gospel message of Jesus Christ.

Amen