Our community of faith



Founded in 1931 by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy High School Burlingame is driven by a clear mission: to provide a rigorous, Catholic education that prepares young women to lead with compassion and strive for excellence. We are called to live out the vision of girls education put forth by Catherine McAuley, Foundress of the Sisters of Mercy.

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Mission Statement

We, the community of Mercy High School, Burlingame, a Catholic college preparatory school sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, educate young women of diverse religious, ethnic, social and economic backgrounds to reverence and foster the dignity of each human person, to create a community of hospitality, to lead with compassion, to strive for excellence, and to proclaim Gospel values in word and deed.

Approved by the Board of Directors July 2013

Mercy Education

Mercy High School is part of a network of elementary, secondary schools and colleges sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy.

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Catherine McAuley

On September 24, 1827, the feast of Our Lady of Mercy, Catherine McAuley opened the first House of Mercy in Dublin, Ireland. Catherine, an Irish Catholic laywoman, used her sizable inheritance to build the House of Mercy as a refuge and place of education for destitute young women.

In an effort to give her ministry roots and stability, Catherine decided to found a new religious congregation. Today the Sisters of Mercy are an international order of religious women who minister throughout the world to persons who are poor, sick and who live on the margins of society.For more information please visit the Mercy International Association.

Sister of Mercy

Inspired by the life of Jesus and by their founder Catherine McAuley, the Sisters of Mercy envision a just world for people who are poor, sick and uneducated. The Sisters of Mercy are women of faith who commit their lives to God and their resources to serve, advocate and pray for those in need around the world.

For more information on the Sisters of Mercy please click on the link.

Critical Concerns

The Sisters of Mercy were founded out of a deep concern for persons who are poor. Today, that commitment is focused in five “critical concerns” that we address through prayer; advocacy with legislators and other government leaders; and corporate engagement.


We believe in the need to work toward the sustainability of life and support movements and legislation that secure the fundamental right to water for everyone, and that address climate change.


We reverence the dignity of each person and believe everyone has the right to a decent home. livelihood, education and healthcare.


We work for peace through prayer, education, and personal and communal practices of nonviolence.


We believe racism is an evil affecting all of us. We work to mobilize Sisters and Mercy Associates in recognizing and dismantling institutional racism in order to become an anti-racist multicultural community.


We believe that women’s education, health and spirituality need special attention. We continue this mission in our schools, colleges, health-care institutions and spirituality centers. We advocate for equal pay, for services for domestic violence victims, and for the rights of girls and women especially in repressive societies.

For more information, please click on the Sisters of Mercy link.

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