One of our Core Values at Merion Mercy is Spiritual Growth and Development. We guide students every day on their spiritual journey and encourage them to enhance their faith through involvement on the Ministry Team, school liturgies and prayer services, retreats, and other religious experiences.
“We may perceive from all our instructions that a strong and lively faith
is the solid foundation of all virtue.”
– Foundress Catherine McAuley
As a Catholic community rooted in Gospel values, Campus Ministry is an integral part of our school and is responsible for organizing liturgies, services, retreats and religious events throughout the year, so that students, faculty, staff, and school families can share faithful experiences and traditions together.
Sister Danielle Gagnon welcome our girls to participate on the Ministry Team and encourage student leadership within our prayerful Mercy community.
The Ministry Team is a leadership and service organization within the school community, supervised by the Campus Ministry Office. Team members learn to: prepare Liturgical celebrations, plan prayer services, class retreats, and facilitate these events while developing and using collaborative leadership skills. Ministry Team members serve as student ambassadors at school sponsored events and take what they have learned and experienced at MMA beyond their time at MMA to serve their churches and colleges.
During junior and senior Year, most of our students participate in a Kairos retreat. The Greek word “Kairos” means “God’s time.” The retreat provides each participant an opportunity to “step away” from life’s busy pace for a three day/two night experience to focus on her inner life in relationship to herself, others, and God. The process evokes positive personal growth and spiritual empowerment.
As a community of faith, students, faculty, and staff worship together by participating in prayer services and/or celebrating the Eucharist. We celebrate Holy Days of Obligation, Mercy Day, Thanksgiving, Advent, Christmas, Respect Life, Ash Wednesday, Ring Mass, Baccalaureate, and Alumnae Reunions in the beautiful Convent Chapel adjacent to the Convent of Mercy. Liturgies at Merion are true celebrations! Vibrant and spirited, they are usually accompanied by our Liturgical Ensemble, they often include liturgical dance, performed by the Dance Troupe.
*The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered during the season of Lent.
Our school chapel is a haven of peace for all who wish to spend time in the Presence of the Blessed Sacrament. It is here that First Friday Mass is celebrated each month, some Theology classes gather, and other faith-based events occur.