Mercy Spirit

Our Spirit

Catholicism at MMA

Catholicism is the heart of our mission and our Merion Mercy identity. As a private, all girls, college preparatory school, we help our students foster their Catholic identity through daily prayer, regular opportunities to receive Eucharist and to provide service to the community, and spiritual class retreats each year.

We offer a robust four-year course of Catholic theological study instructed by teachers who are practicing Catholics and hold advanced degrees in theology, and who can create classroom environments inspired by faith.

All Are Welcome

While we offer a Catholic education, students from all religious backgrounds are welcome, and are encouraged to explore and grow in their faith lives. We seek to learn from students who come from other faith traditions as they participate in all aspects of our school’s spiritual life

Continuing the Mercy Tradition

Our school motto “Live Mercy, Seek Justice” is born from the Church’s adage that “social teaching is a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the challenges of modern society,” and as such Catholic Social Teaching is central to Merion Mercy’s spiritual life.

Merion Mercy Academy is sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, and as a member school of Mercy Education System of the Americas, we undertake an annual accountability study to reflect on how the values of the Sisters of Mercy are reflected in day to day school life, and school policies. 

MMA upholds the Mercy Education Core Values. These are the ideals we stand up for and strive to live up to. We hold ourselves to these standards as an institution, as a community and as individuals:

Furthermore, we promote the Critical Concerns of the Sisters of Mercy

  • Non-violence

  • Racism

  • Immigration

  • Earth

  • Women

Profile of a Graduate

Mercy Core Values Wheel

Our Profile of the Graduate is how students come to manifest and embody our Core Values. It’s the culmination of everything a Mercy Education hopes to achieve. Throughout the student’s journey, this blueprint defines the attributes they’re expected to acquire and the steps they’ll take to gain them. With the Profile of the Graduate, every experience and academic opportunity is linked to and aligned with our Core Values.

"At Merion, our daughter is encouraged to live a mission of Mercy every day. She is being challenged both academically and spiritually. This is truly the gift of an MMA education.”
—Maggie Oliver ’95, P ’24, Havertown, Pa.

Meet the Mission, Ministry, and Belonging Team

Danielle Gagnon, RSM

Danielle Gagnon, RSM

Assistant Head of School for Mission Integration
Maya Johnson '12, MS, LPC, NCC

Maya Johnson '12, MS, LPC, NCC

Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging
Amanda Carrier RSM

Amanda Carrier RSM

Campus Minister