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The Conference of Mercy Student Leaders is a new student leadership development opportunity sponsored by the Mercy Education System of the Americas.

When: June 30 – July 3, 2019

Where: Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA


All high school age students at Mercy secondary schools are welcome.

Critical Concerns

Focused on the mission of Mercy and the five Mercy Critical Concerns.

Leadership + Service

A direct service opportunity complements leadership development activities.

Who Can Participate?

The conference will invite representative student leaders from various school ministries (i.e. student council/student government, ministry team, community service corps leaders) and others whom the school feels will most benefit from our program.

We recommend sending rising juniors and/or seniors.

Number of representatives per school: 4-6 maximum

Program Goals

  1. Participants will grow in their understanding of the mission of Mercy and Catherine McAuley.
  2. Participants will engage in Mercy Critical Concerns through a direct service opportunity and education about two Mercy ministries in Haiti: Mercy Focus on Haiti and Mercy Beyond Borders.
  3. Participants will enhance individual leadership skills and goals through various exercises and team-building activities.


$300.00 per student includes all on-site costs including room and board and activities.

This fee does not include travel.

No fee required for chaperones (1 to 2 maximum are required for each school group).

When and Where?

When: The conference begins Sunday afternoon, June 30, and ends Wednesday morning, July 3

Where: Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Mercyhurst University is a sponsored institution of the Sisters of Mercy.


Accommodations for students and chaperones will be provided at Mercyhurst University. Students will share a two-person dormitory room with private bathroom. Each chaperone will have her or his own dormitory room with private bathroom. Linens (sheets, pillowcases, towels and washcloths) will be provided.


Student Leaders will …

  • Offer presentations to their peers on how their schools embrace the Mercy Critical Concerns.
  • Participate in a direct service opportunity at Mercy ministries in the city of Erie.
  • Hone their leadership and team-building skills through a facilitated workshop.
  • Plan opportunities to share what they have learned at their schools.

The agenda will also include:

  • a fun activity in Erie
  • tours of Mercyhurst University and Mercyhurst Preparatory School
  • a closing liturgy and commissioning ceremony.

Learn more about Mercyhurst University.

Learn more about Mercy Focus on Haiti.

Learn more about Mercy Beyond Borders.

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