More than two decades ago, I arrived at 790 Centre Street. I chose Mount Alvernia High School for a number of reasons – I wanted a small school where I could be involved. I was interested in community service and social justice. I was curious what it would be like to go to an all girls school.

I found what I was looking for and so much more. I was challenged academically and I was challenged socially to try new things and meet new people. I found a home where I could learn and grow, where I could make mistakes and where I had a community of people who wanted the best for me.

Returning as a school leader, what I see now at Mount Alvernia is the continuation of what I experienced as a student. Our faculty and staff deeply believe and live what our Mission Statement says, that Mount Alvernia “enlightens and shapes courageous, compassionate and articulate women who believe that life has a purpose, who are able to discern the “good” and who will be an effective force for it in the world.”

As a proud alum, I see the force for good in the world that my classmates and other alums are in their respective fields. They are living the Franciscan values of pax et bonum – peace and goodness.  I enjoy hearing their stories about how teachers and experiences here have impacted their lives and the lives of those around them.

Never has there been a more important time for young women to have the time and space to find their voice and to be leaders. Our students are critical thinkers, inquiry-based learners, advocates for social justice and athletes. They excel in the classroom and on the field, but most importantly they experience our mission and they move on to do their own good in the world.

We look forward to welcoming you for a visit to 790 Centre Street.

Pax et Bonum,
Nicole Pascarelli O’Brien ‘97
Interim Head of School