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.
Special concern for the poor, especially women and children
Appreciation for Diversity
Dignity: self and others
Respect: self and others
Compassion and Service
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.)
Institute Direction Statement
Animated by the Gospel and Catherine McAuley’s passion for the poor, we, the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, are impelled to commit our lives and resources to act in solidarity with the economically poor of the world, especially women and children; women seeking fullness of life and equality in church and society; one another as we embrace our multicultural and international reality. This commitment will impel us to develop and act from a multicultural and international perspective; speak with a corporate voice; work for systemic change; practice non-violence; act in harmony and interdependence with all creation; and call ourselves to continual conversion in our lifestyle and ministries.
The Fifth Institute Chapter held in 2011 affirmed an intensified response to critical concerns of our time including: