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On Thursday, September 22, 2015, the students of Merion Mercy were invited to participate in a Mercy Day of Service, in lieu of having a school wide service event. Students took part in various acts of service, such as feeding the homeless, cleaning garbage in neighborhoods, volunteering at hospitals, tutoring young children, participating in the World Meeting of Families, and even taking prayerful nature hikes.

Service is an important part of the Merion community. According to its mission statement, “[Merion’s] curriculum stresses mercy spirituality, global awareness, and social responsibility.” The call to service was a prime example of Merion students addressing their social responsibility and helping others in their own backyard, all of which is a building block in the journey towards becoming globally aware.

By participating in the Mercy Day of Service, students embraced their school’s core foundation, which is built upon Catherine McAuley’s mission to help the poor and less fortunate. Nora Pergolini ‘18 spent the day making casseroles for St. John’s Hospice and welcoming pilgrims from Virginia who traveled to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families. She said that the Day of Service was “a great way for us to embody the spirit of Catherine McAuley and incorporate her mission of helping others into our own lives.”

Mercy. It’s in their name. It’s in their mission. It’s in their hearts.

Rylee Mesi ‘18, Kirby Droogan ‘18, Meredith Mackenzie ‘18,  Nora Pergolini ‘18, and Grace Winterle ‘18 took part in the day of service by making meals for St. John’s Hospice.

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