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Our History and Mission

Celebrating 90 Years and Counting of Franciscan Catholic Education

Mount Alvernia Academy opened its doors for the first time in 1927. Founded by the Missionary Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, the school is named in honor of Mount Alverno in Italy, where Saint Francis of Assisi received the stigmata.

What began with 13 students and a handful of committed religious sisters has become a tight-knit community of 300 students and a full staff of dedicated educators under the auspice of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception and their Provincial, Sister Irene Laurence. We proudly carry the torch the sisters lit over 90 years ago, devoted to helping our students grow intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally.

MissionMission Statement

In keeping with the traditions of the Missionary Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, rooted in the teachings and values of St. Francis and St. Clare, the Mission of Mount Alvernia Academy is to educate and nurture students in a challenging academic environment to become life-long learners and responsible Christians.

The Academy cultivates a desire within our students to share their God-given gifts with the world, which has been entrusted to them. 

Children's Mission Statement

God made me to live, not just for myself, but to share my gifts with others. I will follow in the footsteps of Jesus, Saint Francis, and Saint Clare to make the world a better place.