Every weekly Student Council announcement to the school community ends with three words: Pax et Bonum.

Meaning “peace and goodness” in Latin, those words are our motto. But more importantly, it epitomizes the soul of Mount Alvernia and guide all of those who walk its hallways.

Around the country, students and alumnae are living examples of those words through community service.

Just as we aspire to foster a commitment to lifelong learning at Mount Alvernia, we likewise aim to nurture a dedication to serving the needs of others.

As a community in the Franciscan Tradition, we are committed to fostering in our students the belief that all people are interrelated and they belong to a single community, sustained by God, who calls each of its members to a life of compassion and justice. This sense of communal belonging and the inherent responsibility it entails is one of our fundamental and most cherished values.

In addition to our academic requirements, students must complete a required amount of community service hours. By their graduation day, the Class of 2020 collectively completed 4,771hours of community service during their years at MAHS.

Our students are involved with a variety of service opportunities from teaching religious education in their parishes to volunteering in food pantries to school-wide fundraising campaigns and clothing drives. Every year, as a community, we collect hundreds of children’s books for the library at St. Patrick’s School in Roxbury during our Giving Tree Prayer Service before Christmas.

Serving is a way of life here at 790 Centre Street.