Ministry and Service Information
"Let us take one day only in hands at a time. Resolve to do good today and better tomorrow."
Taking an active role in service is expected of a Mercy Girl. By getting involved, students build a strong sense of compassion toward others and in return partake in rewarding experiences. The enthusiasm of community service at Gwynedd continues to build every day. The participation of students and faculty in service projects are a prime example of how we express Mercy. Thank you to all who continue to support and carry out the real meaning of Ministry and Service.
The Ministry and Service programs are led, in large part, by a team of 25 students who learn valuable lessons in organizing and planning projects. They transform their ideas into events that help people in need. Membership on the Ministry Team is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors based on a commitment to faith and school-sponsored service. Team members are selected based on their involvement in current Ministry & Service activities.
Malala Yousafzai, a young Pakistan woman almost killed by the Taliban now an education advocate, continues to be an inspiration to Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School students. Malala said in her address to the United Nations "Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world." Malala serves as a consistent reminder that through promoting education for girls all over the world, we can and we will make a difference. Together we are Girl Rising.
"Girls Rising is alive. Across the world, girls are finding their voices. If we listen to them, we can do something amazing. We can end global poverty - forever. CHANGE STARTS WITH A GIRL!"
"Sr. Deirdre Mullan spoke to our students about our support of the Girls Rising Project. We select emerging senior class leaders to attend the annual mercy leadership conference, and then transfer their knowledge into a fundraising effort for that school year. This year we are raising money to equip the high school we helped build through our fundraising efforts last year with necessary educational resources. The high school is located in a war-ravaged section of Sudan near the NUBA mountains."
We have begun a Casserole Program in collaboration with St. Anthony of Padua parish.
Each month, eight students will work with Craig from Brock Food Services and 3 adult chaperones to make 30 family size casseroles. These casseroles will help to feed the residents and day guests at St. John’s Hospice in Center City, Philadelphia. St. John’s is a shelter for homeless men, and they provide services and outreach to other homeless men throughout the area. Our 1st casserole making went very well as our students donned their plastic gloves and hairnets. They had fun while also providing a much-needed service.
We are so happy to offer our students this opportunity to assist people in need.