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Our MESA schools are rooted in the Gospel through the Mercy charism and the Catholic faith. They are places where all students have the opportunity to learn, achieve and feel empowered to take their rightful place as a merciful presence in Church and society. MESA schools have a two-pronged mission: Mercy Charism and Catholic Identity.

Standard 1: Mercy Charism

The school’s identity and practice is firmly rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the legacy of the Sisters of Mercy and their foundress, Catherine McAuley. Attributes for this standard include:

  1. Practices that illustrate a commitment to the education of faculty/staff, students, families and board members in the Mercy tradition, including orientation programs for new faculty, staff and board members.
  2. Cross-curricular inclusion of the Works of Mercy and the Sisters of Mercy Critical Concerns.
  3. Celebrations, rituals and visuals within the school acknowledging Mercy heritage and values.

Standard 2: Catholic Identity

The school gives evidence of its Catholic Identity in its curricular offerings, prayer and liturgical life, retreats and service opportunities. The following attributes are present:

  1. Cross-curricular inclusion of Catholic social teaching and, for high schools in the United States, inclusion of the USCCB’s Doctrinal Elements of a Curriculum Framework for the Development of Catechetical Materials for Young People of High School Age.
  2. Prayer and sacramental practices that are rooted in the Catholic tradition and Christ-centered retreat programs that embrace Catholic Identity.
  3. Campus ministry programs and service opportunities that are aligned with the religion program and affirm Catholic Identity.
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