Sr. Meghan McArdle: Teacher, Coach, Minister, Mentor

When Sr. Meghan McArdle was called to religious life, she never imagined that she would end up at her alma mater, Our Lady of Mercy Academy in Syosset.

“It is hard to explain the Why in responding to God’s invitation to enter Religious life. There was no loud boom or phone call or major event that helped me realize my call,” said Sr. Meghan.  While she was happy teaching and living her life, she kept having that inner urge to discern religious life.

Sr. Meghan was taught by the Ursulines at St. William the Abbot. “I always admired how the Sisters were real people who had fun while living a life dedicated to God.” While discerning religious life, Sr. Meghan explored different religious communities. She was particularly inspired by St. Angela Merici and believed she was called to be part of this community.  Sr. Meghan professed her first vows on June 28, 2003 and her Final vows on June 10, 2006.

Her first ministry as an Ursuline was at her alma mater, Our Lady of Mercy Academy, where she currently serves as Assistant Principal and teaches Theology and coaches JV Volleyball and Varsity Softball. “The best part of my ministry is being with the students and teaching them that God is part of their lives every day.”

During the summer, she directs the Vacation Bible School at another alma mater, St. William the Abbot. This has given her the opportunity to reconnect with the community. Some of the children who have attended camp are children of Sr. Meghan’s classmates. She enjoys bringing God to young children in a different way…through songs and dances.

Sr. Meghan is the co-host of Guided by Grace on Telecare, a panel discussion where Catholic women share their experiences of faith and spirituality. She is a graduate of Mount St. Mary’s University, where she played four years of varsity softball. She earned a Master’s Degree in Moral Theology from St. John’s University. In her spare time she coaches her niece’s volleyball team and plays softball.

“I love my life. I am blessed to be a part of the Ursulines, which allows me to be my authentic self.”