When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the
synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom.
He stood up to read and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him.
He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.”
And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing."
Gospel Inspiration of Mary Aikenhead Ministries - Luke 4:16-21
Caritas Christi Urget Nos
Mary Aikenhead Ministries is inspired by the vision of Jesus for communities that offer life to the full. We are committed to loving service of all people, especially those who are poor, marginalised and vulnerable.
Mary Aikenhead Ministries continues the mission of God to love through the healing, teaching and pastoral ministries of Jesus Christ. Inspired by the spirit of Mary Aikenhead, through an energetic stewardship, we respond to the needs of the times in innovative and prophetic ways, especially for the poor, marginalised and vulnerable.
After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.
John 13: 12-15
At Mary Aikenhead Ministries we seek to express the unconditional love of Jesus Christ as the primary motivator and basic character that defines all our ministries and guides our actions. Love lies at the heart of all human relationships which are ultimately life-giving and sustaining.
Thus, our ministries seek to be places of loving care where the dignity of all is recognised and where the human spirit is nurtured.
He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
Inspired by Jesus Christ, our ministries seek to respect the dignity of each person, acting with love. We advocate particularly for those who are vulnerable, marginalized and rendered voiceless.
Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes. Immediately they regained their sight and followed him.
Compassion recognises that each person is created in the image of God.
Seeking a profound awareness of the joys and sufferings of those we serve, we are impelled to reach out with humility and love.
Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10
“Hope is the door that opens onto the future” 1. Hope is to believe in the revolutionary potential of faith to make all things anew. Hope arises from the wellsprings of purpose and meaning and orients the human spirit towards possibility and new life.
Mary Aikenhead Ministries seek to provide a wide range of ministries that are beacons of hope, motivated by a vision of walking together with diverse people.
1 Pope Francis 26/4/17 TedX Talk
Preferential Option for the Poor
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.
As followers of Jesus Christ, we are called to make a preferential option for the poor. This includes inviting others to join us in proactively creating conditions which enable the voices of the marginalised and vulnerable to be heard, shared, and amplified.
We are committed to better understand the ways in which vulnerability and marginalisation are manifest in our communities so that we can accompany those who are most in need.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
The Trustees of Mary Aikenhead Ministries respectfully acknowledge that not all who seek care through our diverse ministries, nor all those who join us in the mission of Jesus Christ, share our Catholic faith.
Mary Aikenhead Ministries seek to be welcoming and inclusive communities which support values of love, justice, compassion and hope and the preferential option for the poor, as modelled by Jesus Christ.