Mission at the Mater

Our Mission is at the heart of all that we do at the Mater. Inspired by the healing ministry of Jesus and the compassionate care provided by Mary Aikenhead and the Sisters of Charity, we strive to be a reflection of the love of God to all.

Pastoral Care and Volunteers

As well as excellent medical and nursing care, we provide spiritual and emotional care for our patient and their families and carers. The services offered by our Pastoral Care team and our volunteers ensure that you feel cared about and supported during your stay in hospital. The Mater Chapel, located on the ground floor is available for quiet reflection and prayer and the regular celebration of Mass. Our catholic chaplain is available for sacramental care and ministers or other denominations can be arranged to visit as needed.

Service of the Poor

Inspired by the love of Christ and the dedication of the Sisters, we endeavour to be aware of and respond to the needs of people in our local community who are isolated by economic, structural or social injustice and who are unable to access the support and services that most of us take for granted. Where possible we offer our resources and expertise and work in partnership with like-minded organisations to reduce inequality and promote human flourishing:

Mercy Foundation

The Mater is a supporter of the Mercy Foundation, an organisation committed to social justice and structural change to create greater social equity and inclusion in the Australian community. Established by the Sisters of Mercy, North Sydney, the Mercy Foundation is especially committed to ending homelessness through grants, advocacy and partnerships with other like-minded organisations.


Mary’s House

The Mater is proud to be a major supporter of Mary’s House, a hostel on Sydney’s lower North Shore that provides crisis accommodation for women and their dependent children escaping domestic violence. The Mater is committed to raising awareness of and overcoming the impact of Family and Domestic Violence on individuals and communities.


Staff and community involvement

Several times a year the Mater community joins together to support organisation that are serving the poor and vulnerable in both local and global communities. The spirit of generosity among our staff and volunteers is evident in their response to appeals for donations of goods for places such as the Asylum Seekers Centre, Share the Dignity and Children’s Fortress Africa. We support and encourage staff to volunteer their time and expertise to provide medical care for people in developing countries. We donate medical equipment and supplies to hospitals in places such the Philippines and Fiji through the Medical Repurposing Network.