Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy in New Zealand
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Arts
Sisters of Mercy in our different dioceses have often expressed regret that, so far, no one has written a historical sketch of the Order of Mercy in New Zealand. Time is steadily stealing from our midst those who were privileged to enjoy personal acquaintance with the first religious women – the Auckland Sisters of Mercy of 1850 - to come to this country. So, while there yet remain with us, five of the original band who in 1878 founded the first Convent of Mercy in the South Island, I have attempted to break the ice, however feebly, and thus free the current for more competent explorers. Owing to the lack of a central authority for the Order, the collecting of sources and other data has entailed much more research than one might infer from the size of the work. A considerable amount of detail was necessary but I have endeavoured to so use it as not to lose sight of the vivifying spirit of mercy, which embraces even the least works of the Order.