JANUARY 9, 2017 | CONTACT: mesa@sistersofmercy.org
  Walking with Immigrants During National Migration Week
It is National Migration Week, which has for more than five decades been an opportunity for the Church to reflect on the circumstances of migrants, including immigrants, refugees, children, and victims and survivors of human trafficking.

Follow Sisters of Mercy on Facebook and Twitter this week for a seven-day series of content focused on our story of walking with immigrants on social media. Mercy for Immigrants: Share the Journey will explore the experiences of immigrants to the United States throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, concluding with the current work of sisters who continue to welcome and minister to immigrants from Mexico, Central America, the Middle East and many other regions. 

“During National Migration Week – and every day – the Sisters of Mercy stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers who are forced by poverty, persecution or violence in their native countries to flee their homes, loved ones and livelihoods, desperately seeking safety and the opportunity to provide for themselves and their families,” said Sister Patricia McDermott, Institute president.

“As Pope Francis reminds us: ‘How can we not see the face of the Lord in the face of the millions of exiles, refugees, and displaced persons who are fleeing in desperation from the horror of war, persecution and dictatorship?’"
  A Farewell to MESA's
Executive Assistant
MESA is bidding a very reluctant farewell to our very capable and esteemed colleague, Jennifer Lasseter, who announced she is moving on to pursue other opportunities. Jennifer has served us well over the past two and half years, first through the Mercy Education Project and then as MESA's first executive assistant. Jennifer will be with us through mid-March as she completes planning of our annual Leadership Forum. Words fail us as we contemplate the value, trust and friendship Jennifer has brought to MESA, but we can't let the opportunity pass to simply say thank you! We hope that you too will reach out and let Jennifer know how much she means to you.

In light of Jennifer's decision, we are now seeking a new executive assistant. Please review the job description and share it with anyone you know in the Washington, DC metropolitan area who might be a good fit for MESA.
Newman Society 2018 Essay Scholarship Contest Now Open
The Cardinal Newman Society has announced its second Annual Essay Scholarship Contest. Please tell your senior class all about it. The topic for this year’s essay is to reflect, in 500-700 words, on the following question: “How will a faithful Catholic college education prepare you for life?”

The winner of the Contest will be awarded $5,000 toward the cost of attending one of the institutions recommended in The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College in the fall of 2018 (which includes Mount St. Mary's University). 

Details about the contest are posted here. Questions can be directed to Kelly Salomon at programs@cardinalnewmansociety.org.
   Anti-racism Training
Planned for March 2018
The Institute continues to offer the Anti-Racism Analysis Workshop for the Mercy family in the United States. The next workshop is March 8-11, 2018, at the Cabrini Center in Des Plaines, Illinois.

The workshop provides an in-depth examination of the roots of racism, a look into the institutionalization of racism in societal structures and steps to dismantling it. Click here to register. If you have any questions on registering for this workshop, please contact Anna Flores at aflores@sistersofmercy.org.
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.