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Core Values and Critical Concerns

Mercy Education System of the Americas Core Values

Mercy schools and educational ministries were founded in fidelity to the charism, core values and tradition of Mercy and exercise that fidelity today. The expression of the commitment to that fidelity is in the Mission statement of each education ministry. Consider these terms gleaned from the mission statements of Mercy educational ministries and reflect on their consistency with the charism of Catherine McAuley, and the most recent Institute Direction Statement and Critical Concerns named by the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.

  • Faith community
  • Gospel values
  • Christian/Catholic
  • Special concern for the poor, especially women and children
  • Hospitality
  • Appreciation for Diversity
  • Justice
  • Dignity: self and others
  • Respect: self and others
  • Integrity
  • Earth
  • Leadership
  • Collaboration
  • Compassion and Service
  • Educational Excellence
  • Concern for Women and Women’s Issues
  • Global (World) Vision and Responsibility
  • Spiritual Growth and Development

(Note: historically the last six were affirmed at Mercy Secondary Education Association Conference IX, in 1990.)

Sisters of Mercy Critical Concerns

The Fifth Institute Chapter held in 2011 affirmed an intensified response to critical concerns of our time including:

  • Immigration
  • Nonviolence
  • Anti-racism
  • Earth
  • Women