The founder of the Sisters of Mercy, Catherine McAuley, stated in early 19th century Dublin that “no work of charity is more productive of good to society or more conducive to the happiness of the poor than the careful instruction of women”. The Sisters of Mercy at St Monica`s College, from its earliest days, worked to provide excellent education for girls as part of the teaching ministry of the Catholic Church.

In the twenty first century the staff of St Monica`s embraces the challenge to prepare students for the world in which they will live their adult lives, whilst remaining true to the Gospel values which underpin all Catholic education. Therefore, St Monica`s College is committed to education for girls in the context of a Catholic school which values above all the quality of relationships and the development of the whole person.

Two further comments by Catherine McAuley further explain the focus of education at St Monica`s College.

Firstly, her instructions to the early Sisters of Mercy, who were teachers:

  • “To teach well” she said, “kindness and patience, though indispensable, will not suffice without a solid foundation of a good education and a judicious method of imparting knowledge.”
  • “Be ever ready to praise, to encourage, to stimulate, but slow to censure and still more slow to condemn.” And secondly,
  • “Our centre is God from whom all our actions should spring and no action should separate us from God. Catherine Mculey 1778 -1841