Mercy Volunteer Corps

The Program

The Mercy Volunteer Corps (MVC) is a group of lay women and men who, In partnership with the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, volunteer to work for one year the areas of education, healthcare, and social services in the U.S. and South America. St. Peter's has two MVC volunteers whose duties include campus and music ministry, teacher or teacher's assistant, science program coordinator, and CYO sports assistant. Both of our volunteers follow the mission of MVC: to cultivate mercy and justice in the world by embracing compassionate service, social justice, spirituality and a simple lifestyle in community.

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Mercy Volunteers 

Ms. Guadalupe Avila

Guadalupe Avila received her B.A. in communication sciences and disorders from Saint Xavier University in Chicago, Illinois. She currently serves as an instructional aide for our elementary science program, administrative support person, campus ministry assistant, USF tutoring program facilitator, and CYO sports programming assistant. As a Catholic school educator, her goal is to motivate the students to reach their highest potential. Her hopes are to obtain a master’s in speech language pathology and a doctorate in audiology.

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Mrs. Marissa Gonzales

Marissa Gonzales was born and raised in Las Vegas, NM. She received a B.A. in elementary and special education, as well as her teacher credentials, from New Mexico Highlands University. She came into Mercy Volunteer Corps with a passion to teach children and to enrich their faith in spreading the love and word of God. She currently serves as a cooperating teacher with Mrs. Cyndi Gonzalez in third grade and coordinates the music ministry of the school.