Edmund Rice - named in honour of Edmund Ignatius Rice, founder of the Christian brothers who have had such a profound influence in the field of Catholic education throughout the world. In Australia, the Christian brothers have been acclaimed for their devotion in the education of the poor. The Christian brothers conducted Aquinas College from its beginning in 1964 until 1988.
Named in honour of Catherine McAuley who founded the Sisters of Mercy, a religeous order committed to following Jesus Christ in his compassion for suffering people. Catherine heeded God's call to reach out with courage and love to the needy of her time. She once said, "God knows I would rather be cold and hungry than see the poor deprived of any comfort in my power to give them." Today, the Sisters of Mercy serve God's people through education, health care and other ministries that further social, political, economic and spiritual wellbeing.