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.
Community Service Corps (CSC)
The Community Service Corps of Merion Mercy Academy, an affiliated chapter of the Archdiocesan Office for Youth and Young Adults, invites all students to participate in programs that serve their peers, children, the elderly, people with disabilities, and people who are poor or disadvantaged. CSC programs encourage student initiative and provide a means for students to respond to the Gospel message. Most of the weekly and monthly service activities are coordinated by CSC.
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.