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Our Charism

Our Charism

Inspired by the example of St Patrick and Catherine McAuley, the St Patrick’s Catholic School community strives to unite the school, home and parish with the Winton community in developing each child.

Guided by the traditions and values of the Mercy Sisters, we challenge our students to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ by respecting themselves, responding to the needs of others, and being co-creators of God’s creation.


  • Mercy - We respond to the needs of others urgently and act compassionately.
    "Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience." Colossians 3:12
  • Community - We promote inclusive partnerships between parents, students, staff, parish and community.
    "And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds... encouraging one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching." Hebrews 10:24-25
  • Co-creators - We respect all of God's creation and commit to caring for each other and the local environment.
    "And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." Colossians 3:17
  • Respect - We acknowledge and value each individual and support their growth.
    "Finally, all of you, be like minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble." 1 Peter 3:8

What is Charism?

A charism is a divine spiritual gift given to an individual or group for the good of the community. Each religious order has a specific charism, a gift to be put to the service of the Church and the world.

Pope Paul VI was the first to label "charism" specifically in relation to religious institutes. He explained that the charism of the religious life is the fruit of the Holy Spirit, who is always at work within the Church.

A charism touches the very core of our existence and colours everything that we do as human beings. It allows us to see things in new ways, and to understand them even more wonderfully. We absorb a charism as we absorb sunshine, and we radiate a charism as a light pierces the darkness.