You will become your best self

Live our “Actions Not Words” motto

For more than 175 years, Holy Child Schools around the world have been committed to helping young women become strong, self-assured global citizens who use their gifts to serve others. A Catholic, Holy Child education nurtures a love of learning and a strong sense of self, as well as a lifelong commitment to service and a true respect for the inherent worth of every human being. Mayfield graduates are compassionate women of faith and action, ready to make a difference in the world.

Our students set a strong moral compass in a rapidly changing world

Together, the Theology curriculum and our Campus Ministry program enrich the inner life of each student and provide a strong moral compass in the face of a rapidly changing world.

Students help plan and participate in monthly all-school liturgies and prayer services, where our community joins together in prayer to share our Catholic faith, and annual class retreats offer dedicated time for reflection, meditation and spiritual growth.

Theology studies provide students with a solid understanding of Catholic teaching and a deepening appreciation for their faith in relationship with God and others. In light of Cornelia Connelly’s vision of educating the whole person, we support intellectual growth and faith development.

In tandem with Christian service, retreats and worship, Mayfield strives to foster a deepening relationship with Jesus Christ. The Theology curriculum is in accordance with Catholic teaching and the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

— Cornelia Connelly

Be yourself but make that self just what Our Lord wants it to be.

— Mary Rose H. ’17 (Stanford ’21)

It’s really about making everyone realize that they are loved by God. That’s the whole goal of Campus Ministry.

Campus Ministry

Under the guidance of our Campus Minister, Teri Gonzales, Mayfield students experience their faith with a joyful spirit, learning that teenagers can serve as disciples of Christ in profoundly meaningful ways.

The work of Campus Ministry is at the heart of Mayfield’s Holy Child mission “to help others to believe that God lives and acts in them and in our world, and to rejoice in the divine presence.” Campus Ministry leaders are also involved in planning retreats, the annual Cornelia Connelly Day of Service and other Christian service efforts.

— Lauren S. ’18 (Gonzaga ’22)

Campus Ministry helps me express my love of my faith with the rest of my community. It has given me the chance to make my faith life what I want it to be, like planning our masses.
    • Our Campus Ministry team is dedicated to making school Masses a deeply felt time of worship for their classmates.


Service to others is an integral part of a Mayfield Senior School education. By adopting the values of awareness and compassion, students develop a sense of social responsibility to the larger community and a lifelong commitment to helping others. Ultimately, they learn to live out the school’s motto, “Actions Not Words.”

— Cornelia Connelly

Try to help others, and each effort will be blessed on yourself.
The Christian Service program is rooted in the Gospel message that “whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:16)

Cornelia Connelly Day

Each year, the entire school community celebrates Cornelia Connelly Day by volunteering at local service organizations. Students also help coordinate special school-wide service projects, including the Thanksgiving Food Drive, Christmas Toy Drive and the Lenten Clothing Drive, which benefit local food banks and shelters.

Senior Service Program

The Senior Service Program is designed to nurture each student’s confidence, self-knowledge, and spirituality while she employs her gifts and passions to make a difference in the world at a significant milestone in her life, the time of transition to college and life beyond high school. Each year in May, senior students give 45 hours of service at an approved placement site in the local community.

Volunteer Leaders

Mayfield Senior School students also become volunteer leaders in schools, hospitals and other community outreach projects, giving more than 15,000 hours of service each year to organizations.
    • Each year, incoming ninth-grade students perform a morning of service as part of their freshman orientation.

    • Students serve as Eucharistic Ministers, ushers, lectors and cantors.

— Cornelia Connelly

“Actions Not Words.”

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Teri Gonzales

    Teri Gonzales 

    Director of Campus Ministry
    (626) 799-9121 ext. 302
  • Photo of Nora Warren

    Nora Warren 

    Social Science & Theology Teacher
    (626) 799-9121 ext. 266
  • Photo of Kristina  Ortega

    Kristina  Ortega 

    Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion & Service Coordinator
Established in 1931, Mayfield Senior School in Pasadena, CA is a Catholic, independent, college preparatory school for young women grades 9-12. Noted for its rigorous academic program, which includes 28 Advanced Placement and Honors courses, Mayfield’s curriculum is underscored by a philosophy of educating the “whole child,” which also encourages commitment to and excellence in the arts, athletics, community service and spiritual growth. The nurturing environment at Mayfield Senior School allows each student to flourish in an atmosphere of personal attention.