Caroline Chisholm recognised that God had given her gifts that she should use for the benefit of other. This was her 'charism'.
Caroline Chisholm was a model for living a lay Christian life. She advocated for and strove to improve the lives of the marginalised people of her time (Matthew 25:35-40), especially showing God’s love for new emigrants, women and families (Matthew 7:12). She challenged existing social norms through advocacy and she led social reform (Matthew 5:1-17).
Her unique combination of gifts is encapsulated in the values of faith, courage, tolerance, dignity, compassion and justice. She lived these six values through service: so our scriptural mandate is lived here at the college through service. We, the Caroline Chisholm College community, are called to be Jesus’ “disciples” and serve God by “loving one another” (John 13: 34-35).
Caroline Chisholm was an ordinary woman who led an extraordinary life. The Caroline Chisholm charism is the lens through which these values are enlivened in our relationships, in our teaching, in our welcome of all and through Caroline’s Footsteps, our social justice program.