Our Lady of Lourdes is an inclusive and growing Catholic integrated primary school catering for tamariki from Year 1-6. We are located on the western side of Palmerston North, with a bi-cultural and multi cultural mixture whanau. We are a school based on the MERCY values . We strive to live out our MERCY Values of :
- COMPASSION – Aroha
- RESPECT – Te Tapu o Te Tangata
- SOCIAL JUSTICE – Tika
- SERVICE – Rato
Catherine McAuley and the Mercy Cross
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Catherine McAuley designed the original Mercy Cross herself -a dark background with a white cross in the middle. The Mercy Cross that we see today still has a white cross in the middle of a dark coloured cross. Catherine chose the cross to be the symbol of the Sisters of Mercy because of her deep love for the crucified Jesus.
You may have noticed that the Cross does not actually have the crucified Jesus on the Cross. This is because Catherine believed that each Sister of Mercy places herself on the Cross to be like Jesus.