Sisters of Mercy Wiri
Sister Anne Hurley and Sister Margaret Martin live and work in Wiri, a small largely state housing area just south of the Manukau City Centre.
The Gospels, Catholic social teaching and the charism of the Sisters of Mercy inform our practice. We belong to Nga Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa Sisters of Mercy New Zealand, a Catholic religious congregation of women.
We have over 25 years experience in social justice, community action and social service provision. As community social workers and advocates we participate in processes to influence those who exercise power and make decisions affecting the lives of others, raise awareness of current issues, encourage neighbourhood and community participation and support local initiatives.
The uneasy tension between charity and justice is a question we grapple with regularly. While social provision is needed it is the social justice and community action aspects of our ministry that offers people the most hope.