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Final Call for Mercy Pilgrimage (2) 2018 - Education Tradition
Via Mercy International Association : There are some places still available for participants to join in the Mercy Pilgrimage- Education July 9-13, 2018. This pilgrimage will focus on the education tradition within Mercy and will be of particular interest to those engaged in Mercy education, especially administrators, teachers, trustees and members of boards of management.

Input will include:
  • Catherine’s Story, Life and Ministry
  • Early Women of Mercy – co creators of the work of Mercy
  • Catherine’s Approach to Leadership
  • Living Mercy Today: Challenges, Values & Directions
  • Mercy in a Global Context
  • Mercy Leadership

A report on the successful January pilgrimage for Education can be read here.
Messages to: Anna Nicholls rsm - Team leader Heritage & Spirituality
  Mother McAuley Faculty
Receive Honors
Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School is proud to announce that three faculty members, and alumnae, have been honored for their support and encouragment of student efforts both inside and outside of the classroom.  

Spanish teacher Mrs. Cathy Keaty O’Grady ’86 has been recognized as an Outstanding Activity Advisor by the Illinois Directors of Student Activities (IDSA). This award honors individuals who, through their time and effort, have made an impact on their club or activity and who exemplify the ideal advisor. Cathy serves as moderator of McAuley’s National Honors Society. In March, the group hosted its annual Ice Cream Social and raised money to support local groups, including families affected by domestic violence. Cathy received her award on April 12 at the IDSA Awards Banquet and Convention. 

Alumna and music and theatre teacher Mrs. Julie Wogan McKee ‘93 is a recipient of two prestigious awards. In April, she received the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) 2018 “Lead. Learn. Proclaim” Award during the organization’s annual Convention & Expo held in Cincinnati. She was one of only 26 teachers nationwide to receive this honor. Julie and the other honorees were highlighted in the NCEA magazine, Momentum. 

This month, Julie was named a recipient of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s 2018 “Heart of Enrichment,” Heart of the School Award. The Heart of the School Awards encompass nine award areas and two nominees were selected for each award area. Julie will accept her award during a special luncheon for all honorees on Thursday, May 10. 

English and journalism teacher and alumna Ms. Diana Burban ’99 recently was awarded the 2018 Scholastic Press Association of Chicago and McCormick Foundation Fellowship award. The annual distinction recognizes one Chicago journalism teacher with a $1,500 grant to attend a summer conference. Diana plans to attend the annual Journalism Education Advisers Institute in Las Vegas. She accepted her award during the 27th annual Scholastic Journalism Conference held last month at Roosevelt University.

--Submitted by Jennifer Ligda Busk
Director of Marketing and Communications
Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School
Mount Saint Mary Academy Garners Top Awards at Music in the Parks Competition
The excellence of the music program at Mount Saint Mary Academy in Watchung shone through on Friday, April 27, as students attended the annual Music in the Parks competition in Hershey, Pennsylvania with Susan DeFurianni (Department Chair, Music) and Marion Drew (Director of Choral and Theater Activities). 

Performances are evaluated by experienced instrumental and vocal teachers during the competition, during which ensembles from all over the United States and Canada participate. 

The Symphonic Band, led by Mrs. DeFurianni, earned an “Excellent” rating, while the Chorale, which is instructed by Mrs. Drew, received 1st place with a “Superior” rating. GraceNotes, which is also led by Mrs. Drew, garnered 3rd place with a ranking of “Superior.”

The Esprit de Corps Award – the highest honor given to only one school for outstanding musicianship, teamwork, behavior, and support to other schools - was earned for the second year in a row by Mount Saint Mary Academy.

--Submitted by Michelle H. Daino
Director of Communications
Mount Saint Mary Academy
Alpha Institute Celebrates 138 Years
Via Alpha Institute: Students and staff put on quite a show Thursday, May 1, 2018, in honor of 138 years of Alpha, all of which have been spent at 26 South Camp Road, in Kingston, Jamaica. See the photos and videos which we hope captures the wonderful work of teachers working closely with students to present a true showcase of vocational and discipline as well as the excellent example set by the Religious Sisters of Mercy through Alpha’s history.

Five Sisters of Mercy were recognized at the Alpha 138th anniversary celebration on campus organized by students and staff. Sister Goretti, Sister Mary Ligouri, Sister Marie Therese, Sister Alphonsa and Sister Mary Thecla, were recognized with framed portraits that will be placed prominently in the school classrooms that bear their names.

Alpha students and staff worked together to produce an amazing celebration of Alphas 138 years of service to the community. The Landscaping, music, and would work departments represented strongly with compelling performances by senior and Junior students, an amazing floral design by the Landscaping students and a beautiful wooden bench created for the event by The Woodworking students.
Muffles College High School
This week, we continue with our series of brief school profiles with  Muffles College of Orange Walk Town, Belize. As always, our goal for these profiles is to support learning from one another. So if you see something you want to know more about, get in touch with that school community! All MESA education ministries are listed here:
Located on the beautiful left bank of the New River, Orange Walk Town is home to one of two MESA education ministries, and we feature here Muffles College. The 65-year-old school enjoys a 15-acre locale in the middle of one of the most culturally diverse communities in the region, a true melting pot of cultures and its student population is a direct reflection of this diversity. Under the guidance of the Sisters of Mercy, Muffles promotes the integration of all cultures in accordance with the boundless love taught by Jesus Christ and exemplified by Catherine McAuley. The educational philosophy of the school encompasses both the intellectual and spiritual growth of students. 

Learn more about the school by visiting its website and following it on  Facebook. Get the latest news from the school's  newsletter.
Named for Fr. Joseph Mueffels, a Jesuit resident in the town at the turn of the 20th century, Muffles College began as a two-year school for young men and later became a co-ed institution. In 1960, it became a four-year high school. Seven years later, the Sisters of Mercy assumed sponsorship of the school and became known for making Muffles a respected and admired institution. The Sisters immediately began a comprehensive development campaign to accommodate the school's growth and burgeoning academic needs. In 1992, the school expanded once again to incorporate a junior college.

The high school now operates under the principal leadership of Maria Johnston, M.Ed. She will celebrate her 10th year as principal this year!
Muffles commits itself to quality education that is relevant to the needs of Belizean society. It strives to develop the total person - spiritually, morally, psychologically, intellectually, emotionally, physically, and socially- in keeping with the teachings of Jesus and in the Mercy tradition. It also seeks to create, through active participation of all concerned, an environment of harmony, tolerance, and respect for individual differences. The school population of more than 550 students enjoys access to playing fields that include football, volleyball and basketball, as well as some of the most modern and spacious educational facilities. Muffles students do well in both academics, placing in the top Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate exam results for the whole country every year.
Good News & Great Opportunities
  • Congratulations to Mother of Mercy High School sophomore Claire Farrow is the recipient of the first-place award in the 1st district Congressional Art Competition. Her art hang in the United States Capitol for one year. 
  • Did you know that Mercy International Association has been developing a library of published works by or about Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Associates and Mercy ministries? The Catherine McAuley Library is in a room on Baggot Street that was originally Catherine McAuley's office. The library currently holds 1,121 titles and you can search its holdings here.
  • On Thursday, May 10, Susan Cain, New York Times best-selling author will offer recommendations for cultivating an inclusive and effective classroom for introverts and extroverts in a free webinar. Register here.
  • Kristi Walters Wessling, an alum and longtime administrator of Mercy High School in Omaha, has been named the school's new principal.
  • Interested in learning more about storytelling and podcasting with your students? Take a free online course from KQED Teach, Podcasting with Youth Radio, to get started. 
  • Congratulations to Mercy Career & Technical High School President Sr. Rosemary Herron and Principal Sr. Susan Walsh on receiving the 2018 Trocaire Leadership Award – Religion/Vocation/Volunteer presented by Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School.
  • Georgian Court University's third online program in Mercy spirituality is enrolling for September 2018. A certificate is awarded following a series of formal academic coursework, spiritual reflections and thoughtful dialogue with students and faculty from around the world. Download informational brochure here.
  • This month, the National Catholic Education Association will host several free webinars this month covering such topics as STEM learning, assessments, and faith. The full slate is here.

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Get Certified in Catholic
School Leadership
Registration for the next cohort of Salve Regina University's Certificate of Graduate Studies Catholic School Leadership is now open.  The program is designed for education professionals who aspire to positions of leadership and senior administration (presidents, principals, business managers, development directors, academic deans, senior guidance counselors and athletic directors) in Catholic schools, or who are already in Catholic school leadership and administration and desire to strengthen their understanding of the Catholic school mission and operations for more effective leadership.

The curriculum is based on the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools, and the four-course program content pairs education leadership skills with Catholic charism and culture for a deeper understanding of what it means to lead a Catholic educational institution. Courses are offered online, with a short summer residency period. Residency dates for the next cohort are July 8-11, 2018 and July 8, 2019
  Updated Job Listings

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We will run employment notices in MESA Flash for two weeks only. After that, you'll find older listings on our Ministry Openings web page. That page contains links to the employment pages of MESA schools.
ism Workshop

Stability Markers, Strategic Planning and Financial Planning
June 11-12, 2018
Chicago, IL
“Partners in Ministry”

Leadership Academy
July 23-24, 2018
Baltimore, MD
Annual Administrator Meeting

October 11, 2018
Merion Station, PA
Mercy 2018 Education Conference

Hosted by Merion Mercy Academy
October 12-13, 2018
Merion Station, PA
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