The governance role of the Board of Mercy Education is confined to the twelve sponsored schools and sets policies, appoints Principals, approves senior leadership positions and fulfils due diligence in the area of finance and audit management, capital development, risk management and litigation.
Commencing 12 December 2017, Sisters Eveline Crotty RSM, Caroline Ryan RSM, Marie Duffy RSM (RIP), Gaye Lennon RSM and Elizabeth Moloney RSM & Sister Maureen Sexton RSM (Nov 2018) were installed as leaders of the Institute for the next six years, taking over from the Institute’s first leadership team – Sisters Berneice Loch RSM, Annette Schneider RSM, Barbara Bolster RSM, Sally Bradley RSM and Theresia Tina RSM.
The Institute Leader and Council ultimately oversees the actions of Mercy Education, bearing in mind that the history of our schools has reflected a strong emphasis on local government in decision making at the appropriate level whilst maintaining the distinctive Mercy educational philosophy.
“The tradition of our institute is to combine decentralisation in government with a deep and personal concern for unity of spirit. Catherine McAuley found that local needs are best met by local resources. By her continuing warm support of all foundations, however she also fostered unity, and encouraged all to a wide vision of building the kingdom wherever they were called by the Church. This two fold Mercy tradition is reflected in our administration which seeks to place decision-making at the appropriate place.”
Hence, in the Catholic Schools, which the Congregation sponsors, either solely or in partnership with a diocese and/or other Religious Congregations, the governance structure allows for differences between sponsored and co-sponsored schools and variations to suit the local needs of each College Council.
In incorporating Mercy Education, the Institute Leader and Council are mindful of their dual obligations of faith and of administration imposed by Canon Law which considers the incorporated entities to be part of the sponsoring juridic person. The Institute Leader and Council therefore reserve certain powers sufficient to meet their canonical faith and administrative obligations.
Catherine McAuley wanted first and foremost for her schools to live and to teach the Good News revealed in Jesus Christ. We will use the Mercy Education school Charter to remind us of our commitment to Catherine’s vision and as a lens through which to embrace the Gospel message, to inspire our school to strive for excellence in learning and achieve student success.