Who We Are

Mary Aikenhead Ministries was established by the Holy See in 2008 as a public juridic person at the request of the Congregation of the Religious Sisters of Charity of Australia to succeed to, and to carry on and expand, various health and aged care, education and welfare ministries previously conducted by the Sisters of Charity.

Foundation Work

In preparation for the petition to Rome requesting approval for the establishment of Mary Aikenhead Ministries, much foundation work was undertaken, beginning with a theological statement drawn from several scriptural quotes. The Mary Aikenhead Ministries foundational documents include the Theological Statement, Educational Philosophy and Ethical Framework.

Canonical Status

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. Mary Aikenhead Ministries was formally promulgated at the official transfer ceremony on July 1, 2009.

Under Mary Aikenhead Ministries many ministries that had been established and developed by the Sisters of Charity, since their arrival in Australia from Ireland in 1838, are now governed by a group of Trustees. The Trustees seek to ensure that the heritage, tradition and the charism of the Sisters are taken purposefully into the future.

“Our congregation’s spirit and our inheritance is the gospel privilege of serving others, especially the poor. Our story is one of innovation, courage and conviction. It is our hope that this will continue. We are confident that through Mary Aikenhead Ministries the spirit of service will flourish in new and progressive ways, always alive to the spirit of the times.”
Sr Elizabeth Dodds rsc, former Congregational Leader