“Our name is mercy; our spirit is compassion.”
–Foundress Catherine McAuley
“Live Mercy, Seek Justice”
You’ll hear that everywhere here. In our classrooms, down our hallways, during liturgies, at lunch, on our fields and stage. That’s because at MMA we Live Mercy. Through your four years here, you will acquire a sense of purpose about yourself, about your future, and about commitment to others–all informed by the Mercy Core Values. Following the teachings of Jesus, Sisters of Mercy foundress Catherine McAuley recognized the dignity of all people, believed that communities should be full of compassion and hospitality, and proclaimed that no person need be excluded from life-giving opportunities. Mercy means loving kindness in action and it empowers us to Seek Justice; leading change to better our world, standing up for the right thing, and serving those less fortunate.
Here at Merion, you will get an excellent education, but it’s what you do with it and how you live your life with and through Mercy that really matters.
Our students define the Mercy Spirit and what it means to be a Mercy Girl better than anyone–they live and breathe it every day!
What is the Mercy Spirit?
“It is doing things for others when you know they can do little or nothing for you.” – Alyssa '16
“It is something special inside of you, you receive it as soon as you walk through our doors and you have it for the rest of your life.” – Maeve '17
“It’s the spirit one immediately feels upon walking into Merion. It motivates my friends and me to feel the sisterhood and make mercy a priority in our lives everyday.” - Kelly '18
What does it mean to be a Mercy Girl?
“It means that you are given countless opportunities to change the world for the better.” – Alay’na '17
“Someone who embraces the spirit, service, and excitement of the Merion community. Since mercy is rooted in everything we do, a Mercy Girl is every girl, no matter where you come from.” – Devyn '18
“To be a Mercy Girl is to be the girl who challenges others to think not only about the girls sitting next to you, but to be an advocate and a global voice for the girls halfway across the world. It is to act as a unifying bridge in a place amongst diversity.” – Maida '17
You can choose your family!
To sum it up, Merion Mercy is more than a high school. It’s an inclusive community, a caring family, really.
“That very first day at Merion was the day we met the kind, strong women we chose to call our sisters. They are our chosen family.” - Kate '16