St Mary's College

Mercy and Wisdom



School Motto

The school motto, “Misericordia et Sapientia” (Mercy and Wisdom) reminds us to reflect on how we make MERCY real in our world and that Jesus, the WISDOM of God embodied mercy throughout his life.  Catherine McAuley called Mercy, “the principal path pointed out by Jesus Christ to those desirous of following Him…”  The seven-pointed star represents the Seven Spiritual and Seven Corporal Works of Mercy.  They remind us to act with mercy and compassion towards our neighbour in helping to meet their spiritual, physical and material needs.  Many opportunities are provided for the students to reach out in service to others and to participate in activities that strengthen their spiritual formation

See also  Click on Spirituality for other Key Mercy Symbols.


Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy

Spiritual Works of Mercy

  • educate
  • counsel
  • confront wrongdoing
  • comfort the sorrowing
  • forgive
  • bear wrongs patiently
  • pray for the living and the dead
  • Care of our Common Home

Corporal Works of Mercy

  • feed the hungry
  • give drink to the thirsty
  • shelter the homeless
  • clothe the naked
  • visit the sick
  • visit the imprisoned
  • bury the dead
  • Care of our Common Home


School Song – Misericordia et Sapientia

St Mary’s College school song was composed by Matalena Leaupepe, Sabina Koscieleski, Koleta Kelekolio, and Joanne Leiua.

Mercy, Wisdom
St Mary’s we are.
Life, love and compassion
Together we do stand
with devotion and conviction
Strong our traditions last

Our Blessed Mother guides our hearts
So that we remember to share God’s love
Mercy is not bleak
Here it protects
Where warmth of friendships grow.

Mercy Wisdom
St Mary’s we are…..

We stand and always praise Thy name
To heaven lend our hearts and hands.
Wisdom from within,
Pride and loyalty
As one eternally.

Mercy, Wisdom
St Mary’s we are….