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PROFILE:
The Mercyhurst Prep Graduate

As young men and women
move beyond Mercyhurst Preparatory School,

  • they embody its mission and vision in the lives they lead.
  • they seek integrity not only in the conventional sense of living by sound moral principles, but also in its broader sense as a state of being complete—wholeness of being.
  • their integrity is based upon a growing sense of conviction built through guided exploration of faith, spirituality, and morality.
  • integrate many positive personal qualities as they form their own identities
  • they have built a strong knowledge base of content, skills, tools, and methodologies in the core disciplines and beyond, facilitated by their technological competence.
  • they connect responsibly to the broader communal and global whole. They commit to the charism of Mercy in their connection to others.
  • with their commencement, our graduates truly begin to effectively apply their knowledge and character qualities in their chosen pursuits.
  • they serve others with their gifts and resources. They show concern for the dignity of all persons. They act to promote justice. They show compassion in word and action.

Mission and Vision


Catherine McAuley
Foundress of the Sisters of Mercy

Mercyhurst Prep Courtyard
   

As young men and women move beyond Mercyhurst Preparatory School, they embody its mission and vision in the lives they lead.
They move onward in diverse pursuits, each uniquely equipped with qualities, knowledge, and practices cultivated within these walls.

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Integrity


MPS Swim Team

Captain Hook and Pirates
from 2009 production of Peter Pan

 

The core quality toward which all MPS graduates will continue to aspire is integrity. These young persons seek integrity not only in the conventional sense of living by sound moral principles, but also in its broader sense as a state of being complete—wholeness of being.


AWARE Club
Stewards of the Environment

Laker Football Coach-Matt Morgan

Katie Sheriff Run

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Sense of Conviction


Bishop Trautman celebrates Mass at MPS


Liturgical Dance to the Suscipe -
The Prayer of Catherine McAuley


Mercy Cross

Their integrity is based upon growing personal conviction built through guided exploration of faith, spirituality, and morality. This conviction, existing in myriad unique forms, has been informed by the ever relevant models of Jesus Christ and Catherine McAuley, and an appreciation of other traditions and faiths. It drives personal ethics and values, equipping the MPS graduate to make responsible moral choices.

 


Spiritual gathering of students on retreat

Chaplain Fr. Mike Allison and members of Student Government
bless the peace pole

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Positive Personal Qualities


Entertaining in the Foyer

Studio Art

Women in Motion Club
at Breast Cancer Walk

Orchestra Rehearsal

 

Our graduates integrate many qualities as they form their own identities. They enjoy positive self-image and an awareness of their strengths and limitations. They are imaginative, creative, reflective, and enthusiastic thinkers and learners. They are versatile and adaptable. While open-minded, they demonstrate accountability, self-discipline, and time management. They are thus able to succeed academically and in their various roles in the world at large. MPS graduates have cultivated an aesthetic appreciation for the arts and their importance personally and culturally. They strive for health and fitness in all its forms. Lest we forget, they also know how to appropriately enjoy themselves and the company of others. They have fun. These young persons are engaged in the wonderful and fulfilling lifelong pursuit of meaning and wholeness of being.

 


Nick Stolar '09
Cross Country State Champion

Sophomores on Laker Day

Seniors on Laker Day

Painting Class
   

 

Strong Knowledge Base


Theory of Knowledge IB Course
Unique to MPS


Science Experiment


Social Studies student uses the airliner

MPS graduates have built a strong knowledge base of content, skills, tools, and methodologies in the core disciplines. Furthermore, they have begun to realize the connections among these disciplines and explored elective choices of study. Their competence in technology facilitates and enhances their conceptual knowledge in all fields.


Math Department Chairperson Howie Fox
teaches with the smart board

English and IB Teacher Paul Cancilla
in a discussion with students

Music Technology

Fetal Pig Dissection

French Club


Ceramics Instructor Dave Schroeck at the wheel

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Connect Responsibly

Integrity expands outward as the individual connects responsibly to the broader communal and global whole. Our graduates have developed a sense of connection and belonging to the Mercyhurst community. They engage in active citizenship and stewardship on levels from local to global, with a maturing awareness of contemporary issues informed by historical understanding. They commit to the charism of Mercy in their connection to others.


Sarah Signorino '00,
Campus Minister at Canisius College
on a trip to India

MPS Students with
Yamato Japanese Taiko Drummers

Foreign Exchange Students


Ivanka Rajh '96,
foreign exchange student,
visits MPS with her family


In partnership with His Call Missions,
MPS students are raising money
to build a Navajo Hogan

Leo Bretholz, Holocaust survivor and author, speaks to IB Humanities and
World Religions classes

Sarah Glover '92,
professional photographer, teaching the
“soul handshake” in West Africa

MPS International Students

Catholic Schools Week Food Drive

2009 International Baccalaureate
Diploma Recipients


Elizabeth Lanzillo '12 (green shirt)
guides visually impaired students through Mexico
as part of the service program “Global Explorers --Leading the Way”

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Effectively Apply their Knowledge


Sandra Brown '87
professional soloist ballerina with the American Ballet Theatre

Brian Sheridan '83,
TV, radio & film personality,
author & college professor
   

Nick Adams '01 discusses a career on Broadway with MPS performers

With their commencement, our graduates truly begin to apply their knowledge and character qualities in their chosen pursuits. They effectively employ critical thinking skills as students, citizens, and consumers. They are literate and articulate communicators: readers, writers, listeners, and speakers. Technologically proficient, they are able to adapt and to embrace new advances innovatively. They can solve problems creatively. MPS graduates can pose and implement effective strategies to plan, produce, and evaluate accomplishment in the fields of their choosing. They grow and contribute.

 

   

Jovan Johnson '02
added to the roster of the NFL’s
Pittsburgh Steelers in 2006 currently playing for the Canadian Football League

Eric Hicks '94,
NFL Kansas City Chief and New York Jet

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Serve Others


Katie Feeney '02
helping rebuild the Gulf Coast area
with AmeriCorps

Dr. David Duda '95, cancer researcher at
St. Jude Children’s Hospital
in Memphis, TN
   

MPS graduates integrate their qualities, knowledge, and practices into a wholeness of being consistent with our mission and vision. Their integrity stretches across the broad spectrum of choices possible in academic, professional, and personal life. They serve others with their gifts and resources. They show concern for the dignity of all persons. They act to promote justice. They show compassion in word and action. Each of them can do so in unique and wonderful ways.



Col. James Regenor ’82
in the Oval Office with President Obama

Honorable Elizabeth K. Kelly '76, judge

Jessica Horn-Kunco '89
member of Erie City Council
   

Patricia Genung '67
Brigadier General United States Army

Dr. John Pakiela '90,
Chief Flight Physician for
Cleveland Metro Life Flight

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