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Since 1861,

Gwynedd Mercy and the Sisters of Mercy have nurtured competent, compassionate young women prepared to serve a vulnerable world. Today, our enduring mission, rooted in Mercy values, empowers students through transformative education. In our pursuit of unlocking the boundless potential of our girls to prepare them for the increasingly complex demands of the future, our "She is the Future" strategic plan has reshaped the daily student experience with a dynamic academic schedule, expanded counseling, and impactful leadership, wellness, and community initiatives. Now, our school facility must continue to evolve, too. Join us we embark on this historic campaign to honor the legacy of the Sisters of Mercy and create an even more nurturing environment for all our Monarchs to transform and take flight A Place to Soar.

View from Above

Note: Pink represents renovated space. Yellow represents new space.

We're renovating our 1955 cafeteria and building a new wing to provide our girls with an expansive dining and community commonsseminar room, counseling center, and two classrooms. These spaces, covering over 37,000 square feet, will foster academic innovation, self-advocacy, leadership, and community connections, ensuring the promise of our strategic plan "She is the Future."


Campaign Goal:
$7.0 Million

Funds Needed:

Anticipated Project
Completion Date:
January 2025





Be a Part of Our Historic Flight


Learn about our New Spaces

Community Commons

POISED FOR RENOVATION AND EXPANSION, Gwynedd Mercy's cafeteria, standing since 1955, will soon be transformed to enhance the dining and social experiences essential to the health and wellness of current and future students. Welcome to the Community Commons, an inclusive space with expansive indoor and outdoor dining and gathering areas and a modern kitchen and servery. Here, efficiency meets comfort, providing a versatile spot to dine, study, collaborate, and recharge with peers. At the heart of our campus, the Commons will also be used for academic purposes and a wide variety of meetings and events, bringing together members across our entire school community.

Community Commons Features: New indoor and outdoor dining and gathering spaces with increased capacity (160 - 224+) / Larger Colleague Dining Room to encourage collegiality and collaboration / New School Store to serve our community and show school spirit / Upgraded kitchen for enhanced food delivery and catering / Redesigned servery with quick access to freshly prepared entrees and grab-n-go stations to promote healthy food choices and shorter lines

"The Community Commons will be like the kitchen table in the family home, a place where meals and conversations are shared, and a lifelong sisterhood of support begins."

Teresa Araco Rodgers '91,
P'24, '25, Campaign Chair









Seminar Room

TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY EDUCATION is all about preparing students for the real world, fostering their ability to utilize innovative resources, solve problems creatively, and collaborate effectively with peers. Introducing the Seminar Room, a unique space at Gwynedd Mercy where small group interactions and expansive grade-level dialogues find their home. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology and adaptable furnishings, this room is primed for interdisciplinary instruction and collaborative and project-based learning. The Seminar Room will also serve as a hub for delivering the School's Wellness Curriculum.

Seminar Room Features: Largest GMA classroom, capable of fitting a full grade level / Flexible functionality as one expansive or two distinct learning spaces / Versatile space to accommodate various teaching configurations / Convenient access to Community Commons and Counseling Center

"Designed to foster

collaboration, the Seminar Room will allow our girls to cultivate vital teamwork skills and empower them to confidently assume leadership roles in the future."

Kathleen Kirk Bellwoar '81,
Board of Trustees Chair, 






Counseling Center

ELEVATING THE HOLISTIC WELL-BEING of each student and enhancing her possibilities is at the heart of our School and College Counseling Programs. Step into our new Counseling Center, a more expansive and inviting environment to accommodate the growth of our counseling staff and services in support of all our students, families, and visiting colleges and universities. This new haven will radiate warmth, steadfast support, and unwavering professionalism, fostering an atmosphere where all students can thrive and flourish.

Counseling Center Features: Welcoming reception area for students and visitors / Six private, professional offices assuring confidentiality / Executive conference room for meetings and college visits / Convenient Access to Community Commons and Seminar Room

"Actively caring for and preparing every student to succeed and contribute to the world is the core of our comprehensive Counseling Program and our mission as a Mercy school."

Denise Corkery Marbach '72,
P'05, '09, President






Mercy Legacy Walk

FOUNDED IN 1831 BY CATHERINE MCAULEY in Dublin, Ireland, the Sisters of Mercy, affectionately known as "the walking sisters," defied the norms of their time by extending their mission beyond convent walls to aid the marginalized — caring for the poor, the sick, and the uneducated. 

Since 1861, the Sisters of Mercy have been the pillars, architects, and dedicated caretakers of our beloved school, and their indelible legacy is woven into the very essence of our institution. As part of our school’s expansion, we proudly introduce the Mercy Legacy Walk, a tribute to "the walking sisters." This path will lead visitors to our new Community Commons, marked by a significant stone honoring the Sisters of Mercy. Along this walk, we will illuminate the five Core Values of Mercy Education: Compelled by Mercy, Educational Courage, Inspired by Faith, Principled Leadership, A Voice for Dignity and Respect. We will also celebrate each Sister of Mercy who has served and graduated from our beloved Academy with an engraved brick, securing her enduring legacy at the School.

"No work of charity can be more productive of good to society than the careful instruction of women."

Catherine McAuley,
Sisters of Mercy Foundress









Campaign Committee

Teresa Araco Rodgers ’91, P’24, ’25, Chair
Julie & Chip Behr P’02
Cindy & Mike DeCandido P’09, ’16
Sr. Patricia Flynn, R.S.M.
Rosemary Murphy Gulati ’57
Kathleen & Brian Hannan P’26
Kate Daniels Imbesi ’92 & Tony Imbesi P’22, ’25
Kathleen Roeder, M.D. ’60, P’92, ’92, GP’14, ’25
Sr. Cathe Shoulberg, R.S.M. ’65
Sandi Sicilia-Pasceri P’97, ’02, ’21
Christine Oliver Wiegand ’91
School Representatives:
Denise Corkery Marbach ’72, P’05, ’09, President
Colleen Belz Frascatore ’89, Director of Advancement

Contact Information:
Advancement Office
Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School
1345 Sumneytown Pike
Lower Gwynedd, PA 19002