About The George Mercer Jr. Memorial School of Theology

For over a half century, the Mercer School of Theology has been an important theological education resource preparing men and women for ministry in service to the church's mission. At the very heart of the school's life has been its program of education in preparation for the ordained ministry, both priesthood and diaconate. With the sweeping changes that came into the Church with the introduction of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, the Mercer School of Theology augmented its programs to prepare all women and men for the renewed lay ministries required for the spreading of the kingdom of God. Those lay ministries are provided for in Title III of the Canons of the Episcopal Church and in specialized ministry to the elderly and in education.

In the course of an academic year, the school offers seminars and study programs advertised on Mercer's website, that of the Diocese of Long Island, as well as on Facebook as Conversations at Mercer. Inquirers are urged to place their names on the mailing list for updates on such programs either by writing to the school office, or by e-mailing us at merceroffice@dioceseli.org. You may also telephone the school office at 516-248-4800, ext. 140.

Courses and workshops are offered both on-site at Mercer's Garden City campus and online. In addition, hybrid courses will be offered involving both online and on-site learning. Significant presentations will be recorded and made available online on an ongoing basis both in video format and as podcasts. Online conversations will provide space for ongoing, careful consideration of topics, themes, and issues arising in theological learning, preparation for ministry, Church life, and the relationship of all these to the world at large. Mercer School is intent on developing resources that respond to the issues of our time, putting the theological tradition into living dialogue with the needs, challenges, and prospects of the 21st century.

The vision of formal theological studies and ministry training within a community continues to grow at Mercer. As the needs for such learning and training increase and take particular forms, Mercer will respond by shaping educational programs designed to provide necessary knowledge and skills.

Welcome again to Mercer School of Theology; may you find support, learning and empowerment to carry out the ministry to which you are called, in joy! Mercer educates to better our minds and souls for better ministry.


"You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope."
~ Thomas Merton