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The meaning of our St Anne's logo


The logo is a shield emblazoned with five bars which we believe represent the pastoral care given to the people held in prisons. Modern-day interpretations of the bars stand for the vows taken by the Sisters of Mercy – poverty, chastity and obedience with the other two representing their special mission of service and love for people. On top of the bars stands the Mercy Cross. The original cross was made of ebony and ivory. “The Mercy cross has no figure on it as it signifies placing ourselves on the cross with Christ -  we are the body of Christ and the invisible ones on that cross” ( Sr. Maria Josephine D’Angelo and Sr Barbara Jeffrey)


Key Mercy Symbols


Symbols and celebrations play an important part in enabling and defining Mercy culture and identity.

They speak of what is held dear, what is valued. They have emerged from Mercy's biblical and cultural traditions transcending geography and time and passed down by our ancestors in Mercy.

Symbols make visible the invisible, they inspire and inform, orientating Mercy relationships and culture.  They are central to Mercy's founding myths and meaning system, grounded in the Gospel and recognised in the ordinary events of each day.


The Sisters of Mercy take four vows:

  • A vow of poverty – to relinquish all our monies and commit them to the institute for the Works of Mercy.

  • A vow of obedience – the call to live out the life that we have committed ourselves to on a daily basis.

  • A vow of chastity – not to marry and to live in a community together and be committed to each other, giving our time to love the world and the people we meet on a daily basis.

  • A vow of service - to be of service to those in need. 


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