JANUARY 16, 2017 | CONTACT: mesa@sistersofmercy.org
  MESA Featured in ¡ Viva! Mercy
The story of the formation of the Mercy Education System of the Americas (MESA) is chronicled in the cover story of ¡Viva! Mercy.

Penned by MESA Associate Director for Programs and Services Kim Baxter, the report weaves a theme of building bridges as it details the educational aspirations of Catherine McAuley, the growing desire to bring all of our education ministries together under one umbrella, and the work being done by MESA leaders today to comprehensively address the needs of international schools and lay leadership— all while maintaining fidelity to the Mercy charism and Catholic identity.

Check out the story now in the January/February 2018 issue, and be sure to let us know what you think. Email mesa@sistersofmercy.org. Note: the Spanish translation of this issue will be available later this month.
Sisters of Mercy Condemn President Trump's Racist Remarks
The Institute of the Sisters of Mercy responded to alleged comments by President Trump labeling countries such as Haiti, El Salvador, and nations in Africa with an expletive. The statement reads in part:

We are deeply concerned for how decisions made by this Administration continue to foster a racist and isolated society. Our faith and the guiding principles of our country call us to the opposite. We will continue to actively work against this sentiment in our advocacy, our ministries, our accompaniment and in our forming of young women in Mercy, and we look forward to the day when our country’s leadership will reflect that as well.

The full statement is available online.
School Profile: Mercy Career and Technical High School
Today, the Mercy Education System of the Americas is made up of 57 education ministries in seven countries. In an effort to support cohesion and learning from one another, we decided to create a space to share a few facts about each of our schools. But you get to take it from here. If you see something you want to know more about, get in touch with that school community. We start with Mercy Career & Technical High School in Philadelphia, PA.
Mercy is the only coeducational Catholic vocational high school in the country. Founded in 1950 and headed by Sister Susan Walsh, the school takes project-based learning to a new level, giving students real-world immersion in highly sought-after career paths. The school posts impressive stats: nearly 100 percent across the board from daily attendance to graduation rates and professional licenses and certifications.
Mercy Career & Technical High School offers training in seven career and technical education areas:
  • Advertising Art & Web Design
  • Building Trades
  • Business
  • Computer Service Technician
  • Cosmetology
  • Culinary Arts
  • Health Occupations
Students also have the opportunity to participate in the school's Co-Op Pogram, which blends classroom learning with on-the-job training.
In addition to its career focus, students at Mercy Career & Technical learn from a world-class 21st century academic curriculum that fosters global awareness, financial and economic understanding, civic responsibility, health literacy, and environmental consciousness.

Learn more by visiting the school's website and following it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
  Ministry Openings
Did you know that on our website, we have a page dedicated to ministry openings? We include listings for openings at MESA, and links to the employment pages of each of our schools.

Two can't-wait opportunities include an executive assistant position with MESA and a presidential search at Cristo Rey Sacramento.

Do you have an opportunity you'd like to highlight in an upcoming issue of MESA Flash? Email mesa@sistersofmercy.org.
In last week's issue of MESA Flash in an article about the Cardinal Newman Society Annual Essay Scholarship Contest, we inadvertently made it seem as though Mount St. Mary's University was a Mercy school. This was a mistake. The essay contest is still open to seniors considering one of several select Catholic institutions. Check out the details, here: https://cardinalnewmansociety.org/recommended-colleges/essay/
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.