We acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands on which we walk, live and work. We recognise their living culture and their unique role in the life of the areas in which Mercy Partners ministries are located. We pay tribute to all of those who have nurtured this country over many thousands of years, deriving spiritual and physical needs from the seas, forests, soil, rivers, lakes and streams. We join with our First Nations people in honouring this land as sacred. We welcome the Uluru Statement from the Heart and support an Indigenous voice to parliament, enshrined in the Australian Constitution.
Our vision is to provide a contemporary Mercy education that empowers young women to lead with courage and act justly.
Vision Statement excerpt
Our Lady of Mercy College (OLMC) Parramatta was founded on the Gospel of Jesus Christ, faithful to its Mercy tradition, OLMC is a Catholic independent secondary girls’ school committed to excellence in education, respect for the dignity of each individual and the development of a strong sense of justice and social responsibility.
In 1888, nine Sisters of Mercy under the leadership of Sr. Mary Clare Dunphy, left their homeland of Callan Ireland for Parramatta. OLMC was quickly established as a work of the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta in January 1889, with Sister Mary Alacoque Kavanagh as the founding Principal. The Sisters worked tirelessly to establish the foundations for what has become a leading independent school in the heart of Western Sydney.
For the first 115 years, the leadership of OLMC Parramatta was in the hands of seven successive Sisters of Mercy. This enabled the development of the strong Mercy heritage, traditions and values that remain such a vibrant part of the College’s mission and community today.
A twenty first century Mercy Education at OLMC Parramatta is committed to excellence and enables every student to achieve her potential by developing her unique gifts and talents. Our vision is to empower young women to lead with courage and act justly, making a difference in whatever sphere of life they choose. Mercy Girls are equipped to be critical, creative and reflective thinkers.
We aim to continually support our students to make a positive difference in our world, following in the footsteps of the many Mercy women who have gone before them. We are a strong, vibrant, future focused Mercy community, constantly striving to be courageous advocates with limitless possibilities, in the spirit of Catherine McAuley.
Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta was entrusted to the care of Mercy Partners by the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta on 18 October 2021.