Who We Are
Who We Are
Mary Aikenhead Ministries was granted canonical status as a public juridic person of pontifical right by the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life on April 25, 2008. The focus of the Sisters of Charity on service of the poor has been the motivation to ensure that these ministries continue and led to the establishment of MAM. In becoming the Canonical Stewards of MAM, the Trustees accepted the transfer of stewardship of the Apostolic Works of the Sisters of Charity from the 1 July 2009.
This has required a distinct ecclesial ministry of leadership of the PJP, calling many individuals to faithfully fulfil their civil and canonical responsibilities for the greater glory of God. Mary Aikenhead Ministries continues the mission of Jesus Christ when it assumed responsibility to further the health, aged care, education, and some welfare ministries. This is reflected in the crest of Mary Aikenhead Ministries which acknowledges our heritage, tradition and values while being innovative and visionary to support our mission for the future.
Stewardship is the formal relationship between MAM and the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, which is entered into to sustain the ministries of Jesus, through health, education, and welfare.
Sponsorship (Stewardship in Australia) of a health care ministry is a formal relationship between an authorized Catholic organization and a legally formed system, hospital, clinic, nursing home (or other institution) entered into for the sake of promoting and sustaining Christ’s health ministry to people in need.
Sponsorship of Catholic health care involves promoting and assuring Jesus’ healing mission. Those who sponsor are responsible for the continued viability of the health care ministry, promoting its ongoing mission, and animating its life. Sponsors act publicly on behalf of the Roman Catholic Church and have been entrusted to serve the church by guiding and overseeing a specific institutional ministry in a formal and public way.
Ethical accountability was established through the rights and responsibilities encapsulated in civil and canon law. The accountability once exercised by the Congregational Leader and Council of the Religious Sisters of Charity were handed to the Trustees as canonical stewards. To understand stewardship is to see it in relation to Catholic identity and Mission. The Christian call is to connect to God’s mission, and Baptism invites all to take part. Maintaining fidelity to the mission and its heritage was partnered with the emerging role of the laity since Vatican II. Essential to the evolution of sponsorship in both the areas of Catholic health and education, is anchored in the vibrant call and response of the laity and in the commitment of sponsorship to the service of the ministry.