Mercy Values

St Joseph’s School seeks to live out the following Mercy Values which underpin all that takes place at the school:

Mercy is defined as empathy or love that manifests itself in action that is practical and thoughtful, warm and open, respectful and enabling. The value of mercy is inextricably linked to compassion, justice, dignity, excellence, hospitality, stewardship.

The tender mercy of God has given us one another …. Catherine McAuley

Mercy… not only bestows benefits but receives and pardons again and again …. Catherine McAuley

Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.

Romans 12:15

Mercy calls us to be thoughtful, warm and respectful in all we do and feel.


Compassion is a non-judgmental understanding of another’s need, which results in unselfish giving to meet that need.

Let charity be our badge of honour … so that it may truly be said, there is in us but one heart and one soul in God.

Catherine McAuley

As God’s Chosen ones, clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience.

First Letter of Paul to the Colossians 3:12

Compassion calls us to show we care for others’ needs and help meet their needs.


Hospitality is the creation of a welcoming, open, inclusive and respectful environment for all individuals, through word and deed.

A good beginning is of great importance. You must waste some time with visitors. Catherine McAuley

Welcome one another just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.

Letter of Paul to the Romans 15:7

Hospitality calls us to be welcoming, friendly and inclusive in our play and our lives.


Justice is the treatment of each person with fairness in relation to the equality of all, and the maintenance of a balanced and fair relationship with self and all members of the community.

Never speak with contempt of any nation, profession, or class of people … Catherine McAuley

Walk in the way of righteousness along the path of justice. Proverbs 8:20

Justice calls us to treat all members of our community fairly and justly.


Respect is the treatment of each person with dignity and the recognition of their inherent value and worth.

Now and again bestow some praise. Catherine McAuley

So always treat others as you would like them to treat you.

Matthew 7:12

Respect calls us to treat each person with dignity, knowing we are all valued and loved by God.


Excellence is the state of achievement of the highest possible standards.

There is nothing of greater importance than the perfect discharge of our ordinary duties. Catherine McAuley

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:16

Excellence calls us to act with courage and try to be our best in all that we do.


Stewardship is the grateful and responsible celebration of the sacred gifts God has given us to do the work he is calling us to do.

We can never say ‘It is enough.’ Catherine McAuley

Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.

2 Corinthians 9:6

Stewardship calls us to protect with love all that God has given us.


Service is the exercising and ministry of leadership in order to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals and communities.

If we are humble and sincere God will finish in us the work he has begun. Catherine McAuley

It is for God we serve the poor, not for thanks. Catherine McAuley

Serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.

First Letter of Peter 4:10

Service calls us to make a positive difference in each other’s lives.

(Adapted from Mercy Education resources)