DECEMBER 12, 2017 | CONTACT: mesa@sistersofmercy.org
 
 
Happy 186th Foundation Day!
 
 
On this day in 1831, Foundress Catherine McAuley, Mary Ann Doyle, and Elizabeth Harley professed their vows as the first Religious Sisters of Mercy in Dublin, Ireland. While we celebrate their legacy and continue their work, we welcome all to use a prayer service prepared by the Mid-Atlantic Community Spiritual Life Committee.
 
 
 Advent Reflection Series Continues
 
In this second week of Advent, we pray for immigrants. Each Thursday, the Sisters of Mercy blog will share Advent reflections and art from members of the Mercy community. To help bring this week's theme to life, read the true story of two immigrants who are a part of the College of Saint Mary community: Daniela Rojas Florez and Dania Lisette Cervantes Ayala.

Mercy International continues its reflection on the MIRP themes of Degradation of Earth and Displacement of People. Read it by visiting their dynamic web experience, titled " For those not at home this Advent we pray."
 
Announcing the 2018 #MakeMercyReal Video Contest!
 
The Sisters of Mercy Justice Team invites all Mercy students to tell a story through video of how people in their communities “make Mercy real” and live out the Critical Concerns.

Videos should be five minutes or less in length, and they can be in English or Spanish. The videos are being accepted between now and March 1, 2018. A panel of judges will select a set of winners. The grand prize is $500!
 
MESA Office Closed Dec. 22 - Jan. 3
 
The Mercy Education System of the Americas office will close between Dec. 22 and Jan. 3 in observance of the Christmas Holiday and New Year's. MESA staff will periodically check email and voicemail. In case of emergency, please don't hesitate to contact the appropriate staff member by phone.
 
 Mark your calendars for these upcoming events and stay tuned for more details.
 
MESA Leadership Forum
March 1, 2018
8 am - 3 pm
Atlanta, GA
 
  Partners in Mercy
Leadership Academy
July 23-24, 2018
Baltimore, MD
 
 
 You are encouraged to send in information that you'd like to share through the MESA Flash. We'd love to share your good news, photos from your schools, along with tips and practical suggestions from which others in the community can learn. Email us at mesa@sistersofmercy.org.