From the Principal

Last Friday we gathered as a Mercy community to celebrate the annual Mercy Day. We were blessed to have the Most Rev. Terence R. Curtin. as our celebrant and on behalf all at St Aloysius College I extend our thanks for his unwavering support and time. You can read his homily here.

On the 24th September every year, Mercy Day is celebrated around the around, and this year’s Mercy Day marks 195 years since Catherine McAuley first opened the House of Mercy in Ireland in 1827 and dedicated it to Our Lady of Mercy. This day we celebrate and acknowledge all the amazing work of the Sisters of Mercy and we are blessed at St Aloysius with their unwavering support and presence in our community.

This year’s theme, Catherine McAuley: Boundary Breaker, highlights our global Mercy community’s commitment to breaking boundaries in order to create a more just and merciful world for all; and so celebrating Mercy Day is significant – it’s a day when we should rejoice in being part of the great Mercy family and each of us, in our own way, pay tribute to what has been achieved. Let us remember that Catherine was tireless in her care for others and in her efforts to provide opportunities for all – and these are still the hallmarks of a Mercy Education.

I congratulate all Year 11 students who been nominated and elected by their teachers and peers as College Prefects for 2023 and I ask them to follow Catherine’s footsteps in her leadership and ensure that their role is one of service, one full of the spirit. To our departing Prefects, thank you for your Spirit of Mercy throughout 2022, and may you continue to embody this spirit in everything you do in the years to come.

This week and next our College flags are flying at half-mast in respect to the passing of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen, as she was simply known world-wide, was not only kind-hearted, dignified and devoted to her faith, throughout displaying each Mercy Value, but she was also a great friend of our country. As a Stateswoman over the last 70 years she is unmatched and provides not only a role model of duty, leadership and service but will remain an immortal inspiration to all of us. May she now rest in external peace.

To all staff and students: Enjoy the term break.