Mercy Education

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"To instruct is an easy matter, but to educate requires ingenuity, energy, and perseverance without end."

 

- Frances Warde, Sister of Mercy

Waldron Mercy Academy is a member of Mercy Education. Our faculty and staff have the unique opportunity to share and learn from fellow Mercy educators throughout the world. Mercy Education is international, spanning six countries : Argentina, Belize, Honduras, Jamaica, the Phillippines, and the United States. ​

 

Mercy education finds its roots with Catherine McAuley, founder of the Sisters of Mercy, who opened the first House of Mercy on Baggot Street in Dublin, Ireland in 1827. It was opened as a school for poor young girls and shortly thereafter began serving the sick and less fortunate.

THE MERCY CORE VALUES

EARTH


We believe in the need to work toward the sustainability of life and support movements and legislation that secure the fundamental right to water for everyone, and that address climate change. That leads us to examine our own behaviors and policies and to adopt more environmentally sustainable practices. We also advocate against hydrofracking; against mining that impacts indigenous and impoverished communities; for regulations that protect land, air and water; and for national and international agreements that mitigate climate change and ensure support for those most vulnerable to its effects.




IMMIGRATION


We reverence the dignity of each person and believe everyone has the right to a decent home, livelihood, education and healthcare. In the United States we work for just and humane immigration laws, a reduction in deportations that tear families apart, and an end to the detention bed quota. We look at the root causes of immigration, including U.S. policies that contribute to the economic and social conditions that push people to flee their countries, and the global impact of migration through our reality as an international community of women religious.




NON-VIOLENCE


We work for peace through prayer, education, and personal and communal practices of nonviolence. We support nuclear disarmament, reduction of arms, and the use of dialogue instead of armed conflict. We work to prevent domestic violence and abuse of women and children, stop human trafficking and reduce violence in our communities. That leads us to advocate for commonsense gun violence prevention legislation, an end to the death penalty, an end to the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, and dialogue with Syria and Iran.




RACISM


We believe racism is an evil affecting us all. We work to mobilize sisters and associates in recognizing and dismantling institutional racism in order to become an anti-racist multicultural community. We advocate for upholding the voting rights of marginalized Americans and for a fair criminal justice system, and point out racism wherever it exists.




WOMEN


We believe that women’s education, health and spirituality need special attention. We continue this mission in our schools, colleges, health-care institutions and spirituality centers. We advocate for equal pay, for services for domestic violence victims, and for the rights of girls and women in especially repressive societies.





A JOURNEY OF STUDENT DEVELOPMENT

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.

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CORE VALUE : COMPELLED BY MERCY


Mercy students, in the spirit of our founder Catherine McAuley, are steadfastly determined to take Mercy into an interconnected world. Our shared sense of social consciousness is fortified by universal empathy and a conviction that all are worthy of God’s mercy. This deep awareness and compassion move us to take principled action and serve the needs of others. Student Attributes: Compassion Having concern for the needs of all, including those outside our immediate circle. Empathy Putting yourself in someone else’s shoes to understand their feelings and perspectives. Responsibility to Serve Fulfilling the duty to not just care about others, but to take action on their behalf.




CORE VALUE : A VOICE FOR DIGNITIY AND RESPECT


Mercy students honor the intrinsic value of the individual and recognize God’s presence in each person. We embrace a global vision and value differences of opinion, and are unafraid to confront hostile or hurtful attitudes. By standing up for those who can’t, we go beyond acceptance to help make sure everyone feels recognized and heard. Student Attributes: Grace Allowing others to be fully human without judgment, while honoring what is God-like within each person. Advocate Being a forceful defender, supporter and sometimes spokesperson for the values and people we hold dear. Inclusivity Going beyond tolerance to embrace diversity, while accepting and serving with open arms.




CORE VALUE : INSPIRED BY FAITH


Mercy students become living models of faith and forceful advocates for Gospel values. Grounded in our Catholic identity in the Mercy tradition, we welcome all faiths and are strengthened and shaped by these relationships. As we pursue a personal relationship with God, we strenuously follow Jesus Christ’s example of social justice, love and service. Student Attributes: Spirituality Developing a personal relationship with a loving, merciful God, expressed in service and respecting other faiths. Modeling of Jesus Christ & Catherine McAuley Living life with abundant love, compassion, generosity and hospitality, demonstrating the strength of infinite mercy. Ethical & Moral Following a personal code based on Gospel values that guides action and choices.




CORE VALUE : PRINCIPLED LEADERSHIP


Mercy students are poised to lead with their unique gifts. Prepared with an ethical and moral compass, we put Mercy values into action and work assertively for what is right. We’re equipped to make difficult choices, learn from our mistakes and develop high emotional intelligence. As an international community, we’re confident in our ability to make a positive difference and push for systemic change. Student Attributes: Integrity Standing up for or doing what’s right, including when it’s difficult or unpopular. Lifelong Learning Always learning something new, gaining skills and wanting to know more, in all walks of life. Emotional Intelligence Recognizing and welcoming emotions within ourselves and others to build resilience and healthy relationships.




CORE VALUE : EDUCATIONAL COURAGE


Mercy students welcome the challenge of pursuing their full potential in a culture of excellence, critical thinking and curiosity. Their multifaceted journey builds character while it builds essential skills. Our holistic program expects engagement, a thirst for knowledge and personal responsibility, while preparing students to thrive for a lifetime. Student Attributes: Curiosity Being open to other ways of seeing the world and exploring new ideas. Personal Accountability Staying disciplined in decision-making, proactive in correcting mistakes and self-motivated in our studies. Critical Thinking Gathering and objectively evaluating and analyzing information through reflection and reason.





THE 5 CRITICAL CONCERNS 

Mercy schools educate students on the five Critical Concerns chosen by the Sisters of Mercy. Students address these concerns through prayer, attention to personal, communal and institutional choices; education; advocacy with legislators and other government leaders; and corporate engagement.

EARTH


We believe in the need to work toward the sustainability of life and support movements and legislation that secure the fundamental right to water for everyone, and that address climate change. That leads us to examine our own behaviors and policies and to adopt more environmentally sustainable practices. We also advocate against hydrofracking; against mining that impacts indigenous and impoverished communities; for regulations that protect land, air and water; and for national and international agreements that mitigate climate change and ensure support for those most vulnerable to its effects.




IMMIGRATION


We reverence the dignity of each person and believe everyone has the right to a decent home, livelihood, education and healthcare. In the United States we work for just and humane immigration laws, a reduction in deportations that tear families apart, and an end to the detention bed quota. We look at the root causes of immigration, including U.S. policies that contribute to the economic and social conditions that push people to flee their countries, and the global impact of migration through our reality as an international community of women religious.




NON-VIOLENCE


We work for peace through prayer, education, and personal and communal practices of nonviolence. We support nuclear disarmament, reduction of arms, and the use of dialogue instead of armed conflict. We work to prevent domestic violence and abuse of women and children, stop human trafficking and reduce violence in our communities. That leads us to advocate for commonsense gun violence prevention legislation, an end to the death penalty, an end to the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, and dialogue with Syria and Iran.




RACISM


We believe racism is an evil affecting us all. We work to mobilize sisters and associates in recognizing and dismantling institutional racism in order to become an anti-racist multicultural community. We advocate for upholding the voting rights of marginalized Americans and for a fair criminal justice system, and point out racism wherever it exists.




WOMEN


We believe that women’s education, health and spirituality need special attention. We continue this mission in our schools, colleges, health-care institutions and spirituality centers. We advocate for equal pay, for services for domestic violence victims, and for the rights of girls and women in especially repressive societies.





Learn more about MESA and Mercy education on the MESA website