Compassion and Service, another core value, is at the heart of what we are all about at Merion Mercy. MMA’s service programs exist to further the call of the Gospel, especially as lived by Catherine McAuley, and implemented by the Sisters of Mercy. You’ll practice this call by integrating faith and social justice. Through service, you’ll hear life stories different from your own, you’ll find common ground with those you serve, and you will also be changed.
No Service Requirement
There is no need for a service requirement here because everyone gets involved in outreach.
Service at Merion isn’t just about doing a good deed. It’s about living a values-centered life.
Whether it’s taking part in the annual day of service, helping locally through the Community Service Corps (CSC), involvement in the Mercy Volunteer Program (MVP) that plans and takes part in immersion trips that serve impoverished areas, or raising funds while having fun during events like last year’s Zambella Music Event, our girls put mercy in action every day. That’s why “Live Mercy, Seek Justice” is our mantra.
Mercy Mission Corps (MMC)
We are thrilled to announce the creation of the Mercy Mission Corps (MMC). MMC is an organization unique to Merion Mercy Academy and provides opportunities for students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumnae to put their faith into action through service.
MMC enables all service initiatives and programs (past, present and future) to be united under the same canopy. This will help ensure that our multifaceted outreach opportunities maintain greater balance and that our partnerships are guided by our Catholic and Mercy identity.
Our vision of MMC is to be an umbrella organization (similar to CSC in the past) but with a framework that will lend itself to increased service activity across our entire MMA community.
This new program will include the longstanding service club entitled "Kate's Girls" and will also organize several opportunities with both longstanding and newer partnerships. This organization will help fuel the service interests of other clubs, teams, and honor societies.
Activities are open to all students to participate and there are opportunities for students to demonstrate greater commitment and leadership by helping to plan and facilitate opportunities during our club rotation meetings.
Please click here to view the MMC website to learn more.
Mercy Volunteer Program (MVP)
The Mercy Volunteer Program provides educational and service immersion opportunities for students during the summer following junior year. Students and faculty travel to domestic and international sites to work in collaboration with community partners and in solidarity with people of diverse cultures, particularly with those who are materially poor. Volunteers live in community for a week or longer and are called to reflect on their roles as women of mercy.
“Traveling to the small town of Beattyville Kentucky for MVP was one of the greatest experiences I've ever had. It was amazing to be able to make such great connections with children through Bible school and by just simply talking to them. The children quickly made themselves impossible for me to forget. I loved it.”
- Jessica '17, MVP Participant
CRS Platinum Member
Merion Mercy is a Platinum member of the Global High School Partnership (GHS) with Catholic Relief Services (CRS). Our students are proud to be involved with this organization, and, in concordance with them, stand in global solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the world.
This program offers service opportunities to the extended MMA community. Students and family members coordinate events and volunteer at various sites, including Mercy Hospice and Philabundance.