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Three Schools Welcomed as Affiliated Members of Mercy Education

The Mercy Education Board of Directors recently approved affiliated membership for three schools that carry deep legacies with Mercy:

  • Bishop Feehan High School – Attleboro, Massachusetts
  • St. Bernard Academy – Nashville, Tennessee
  • The Campus Laboratory School of Carlow University – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

“With great joy we welcome Bishop Feehan High School, St. Bernard Academy and The Campus Laboratory School of Carlow University to our Mercy Education family,” said Sister Regina Ward, RSM, Associate Director for Mission Integration. “It has been a pleasure to experience how the Charism of Mercy is alive in each school. They celebrate their Mercy history and nurture their students to respond to the world through the lens of the Critical Concerns. Their deep desire has been to become part of something bigger that will nurture their expression of mission.”

Affiliation in Mercy Education

Affiliated schools and Mercy Education share mutual accountability for the life and growth of the school’s Mercy mission, expressed through Mercy charism and Catholic identity. It is a great joy to welcome new schools into Mercy Education. The Mercy Education Board of Directors is currently conducting a capacity study to evaluate how Mercy Education can continue to welcome new schools as affiliated members.

Learn more about the three new affiliated members of Mercy Education.

Bishop Feehan High School

Bishop Feehan High School is a diocesan school and the second-largest co-ed private school in Massachusetts. The school’s purposefully accessible tuition rate – the lowest of any regional neighbors – is intended to help the Bishop Feehan serve those families for whom the school was built. The school boasts a 100% college acceptance rate.

Students put their faith into action and live out the Gospel call to be servant leaders through engagement in a comprehensive service program that includes advocacy opportunities and direct service. The school’s new No Place for Hate organization and Imago Dei club have quickly earned prominent leadership roles in helping Bishop Feehan serve all students. Students also show their respect for the contributions and sacramental life of the Sisters of Mercy by attending Mercy funeral masses. A signature service event is the annual Santa Shop, where local moms and dads “shop” for their children from thousands of student-donated gifts while the little ones are entertained in another part of the school.


St. Bernard Academy

  • Pre-K to 8, enrollment – 395, coeducational
  • Founded in 1866 by six Sisters of Mercy. St. Bernard is the oldest elementary school in Nashville!

St. Bernard is a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. Guided by Mercy and Catholic heritages, St. Bernard Academy’s curriculum is centered on the development of the whole child and organized around eight core characteristics – mercy, respect, integrity, responsibility, honesty, citizenship, empathy and service. As an independent Catholic school, St. Bernard Academy is active in the local Catholic community. Religious diversity at the school includes 10 different faith traditions, and all races and ethnic groups are welcomed.

The rich school community is derived from St. Bernard’s inclusive culture, supportive parent group, mission-driven focus on service learning, strong alumni network, outreach within the Nashville community and the many opportunities students have to come together, both inside and outside the classroom.


The Campus Laboratory School of Carlow University

  • Pre-K to 8, enrollment – 200, coeducational
  • Founded in 1844 by Sisters of Mercy – at the time called St. Mary’s Academy, it was the first Mercy academy in the United States.

As a laboratory school, The Campus Laboratory School of Carlow University (CLS) partners with the university on which it sits to provide pre-service educational opportunities for university students in education, nursing and social work.  CLS faculty both take and teach courses for the university as well.  The school’s elementary literacy program is built upon a strong foundational structure of evidenced based practices and explicit instruction. Middle-school students excel in competitive electives such as robotics and forensics. The school’s commitment to service permeates its curriculum and extracurricular activities.

At Campus Lab School there is a consistent emphasis on respecting the dignity and worth of the human person. CLS is working to achieve designation as a “No Place for Hate” school and has developed scholarships to promote diversity within the school. The Mercy Critical Concern for Earth is embraced in outdoor gardens and indoor spaces dedicated to planting and growing. Supporting literacy for all, the school also has a new Dyslexia Learning Center and has accommodations for all types of learners.

Follow our new Mercy Education members on social media

The Campus Laboratory School of Carlow University: Facebook

St. Bernard Academy: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

Bishop Feehan High School: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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