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Our Lady of Mercy Academy
Celebrates 90 Years
Last month, Our Lady of Mercy Academy, a sponsored ministry located in Syosset, New York, celebrated its 90th anniversary at the Carltun on the Park, a local event venue. The rooms were decorated 1920s style with vintage-inspired artwork from OLMA students.

"This milestone provides us with the opportunity to come together to honor our legacy, reflect and offer prayers of gratitude to all upon whose shoulders we stand, and to reaffirm our commitment to live our mission and values among our students, parents, alumnae, neighbors and friends," said Margaret Myhan, president of the school.

Thirty Sisters of Mercy attended the event. Twenty-three Sisters of Mercy are alumnae of the school. Nine were present to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award. Watch a video the students created about the school to commemorate the milestone. 
New Universal Feast Day for
Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of the Church May 21
Via Catholic News Service: The Catholic Church doesn't often add new celebrations to its pretty full liturgical calendar, but this year's new feast day, Mary, Mother of the Church on May 21, has Catholics gearing up to mark the day or at least think a little more about Mary.

The new feast day, which will be celebrated annually the day after Pentecost, was announced in a March 3 decree by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments. The decree said the pope approved the celebration because he thought it might "encourage the growth of the maternal sense of the church in the pastors, religious and faithful, as well as a growth of genuine Marian piety."
Mercy Family Supports Migrants during Ecumenical Advocacy Days
Via Mercy Now: Seventeen Mercy sisters, associates and staff joined over 600 attendees from a wide variety of Christian faiths at 2018 Ecumenical Advocacy Days April 20-23 in the Washington, D.C., area. 

Participants engaged in workshops, worship and advocacy around the theme "A World Uprooted: Responding to Migrants, Refugees and Displaced People." In addition to individual participation, Mercy was an official sponsor of the event and assisted with the planning and promotion. 
Mercy High Choir Wins First Place with a Superior Rating in Recent Competition
The Mercy High School Tour Choir traveled to Virginia Beach for the Music in the Parks Competition. The competition took place in Williamsburg, Virginia. This was the first time Mercy’s High School Music Department participated in a competition such as this.

“I believe that competitions foster excellence, and inspire and push students to achieve their best. It also offers a unique opportunity to hear other groups from all over the country,” claimed Mr. Matthew Campisi, Music Director.  

The competition itself took place on Friday, April 13; Mercy performed two selections: "O Occhi Manza Mia" by Orlando diLasso and "Bring Me Little Water, Sylvie" arranged by Kirby Shaw. 

The awards ceremony took place on Saturday, April 14 at Busch Gardens. After spending the day at the park, the participating schools gathered in the evening for the distribution of awards. Twenty-four schools, divided into a Middle School Divisions and a High School Divisions, participated. Schools from New York to North Carolina were in attendance. Mercy competed as a women's choir, and won first place, with a superior rating; thus, earning the highest score of all the women's choirs that participated. Emily Acri, Class of 2019, earned the Outstanding Vocal Soloist award for her solo in "Bring Me Little Water Sylvie."

“Winning this award was an amazing honor. Working hard with a wonderful group of girls and being recognized with the best vocalist award is an incredible experience. I’m very grateful that I was given the chance to share the gift of music with the people that surround me,” stated Acri.

--Submitted by Marie Kalita-Leary
Director of Communications and Public Relations
Mercy High School
Middletown, CT
Mount Mercy Academy
This week, we continue with our series of brief school profiles with Mount Mercy Academy in Buffalo, New York. 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:
In the spirit of Catherine McAuley's mission to educate young women, Mount Mercy Academy aims to be the school of choice for students of every culture and economic background and to provide a high-quality education while remaining affordable and financially sustainable. Nestled in a quiet corner of South Buffalo, Mount Mercy Academy is attached to Mercy Center, the home of the Sisters of Mercy in Buffalo and directly next to Mercy Hospital, part of the Catholic Health System.

The school was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1904 and celebrates the achievements and contributions of more than 12,000 graduates, as it continues its mission to the community. It serves students of all faiths in grades 9-12 under the leadership of President Margaret M. Cronin and Principal Margaret Staszak. Mount Mercy is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Learn more about the school by visiting its website and following it on  Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.
Students at Mount Mercy Academy (MMA) have agency to direct their learning with innumerable resources provided by the school. It is through MMA’s rigorous college-prep program, along with the experiential STEM program and Health Science Academy, the new Women in the Social Sciences Program, outreach and volunteer service opportunities, and daily incorporation of
the Critical Concerns, that students, guided by strong Mercy values, become equipped with the knowledge, skills, integrity and confidence they will need to meet the demands of a fast-changing world as decision-makers and leaders. Mount Mercy's mission aims to produce leaders who seek justice for all. It's no surprise then that more than 80 percent of students provide more than 100 hours of service in the community. Moreover, their participation in the school's more than 30 extracurricular clubs and activities help to hone those qualities and skills. These include the Environmental Awareness Club, Anti-Bullying Society, and Students Against Destructive Decisions.
MMA offers a vibrant, opportunity-filled environment: challenging academics, a wide variety of activities, and students who bring a diverse range of ideas and opinions to the community. MMA is proud of its 10:1 student-teacher ratio, as well as the fact that 100 percent of seniors graduate and attend college. To be a Mount Mercy girl means to work hard, learn from others in a positive, supportive environment, to become involved in the life of the school, make lasting friendships and have a lot of fun along the way. The school emphasizes the importance of balance between work, prayer and fun. More than 85 percent of students participate in after-school athletics or activities. Mount Mercy Academy is a member of the Monsignor Martin League and 13 varsity sports. MMA currently offers 11 Advanced Placement courses and has articulation agreements with Trocaire College, Bryant & Stratton College, Erie Community College, Hilbert College and Niagara University. In addition, Mount Mercy has a memorandum of understanding with St. Bonaventure University.
Good News & Great Opportunities
  • Would you like to volunteer at Baggott Street in 2019? The application period closes on May 18, 2018. Inquire here.
  • Emma Bartley, a junior at Assumption High School, was awarded the 2018 Youth Virtues, Valor, and Vision Award from the National Catholic Education Association. 
  • "Participate" is offering schools a free guidebook on developing communities of practice as part of their professional learning programs.
  • Did you know MESA convenes groups of peers from our schools in a professional exchange we call Cohort Groups? Check out recent meetings from groups like Admissions, Finance, and Deans of Students.
  • The National Black Catholic Congress will offer a webinar titled "Overcoming the Sin of Racism: A Change of Heart Mandated by God" on May 23, 2018 at 3 pm. Watch this page for details.
  • Mount St. Mary Academy (Little Rock, Arkansas) just announced four pieces of outstanding news!
  • Two juniors received perfect 36 composite scores on the ACT.
  • The Odyssey of the Mind Team advanced to the World Finals after placing first in state competition and winning the award for outstanding creativity.
  • Students won 14 awards including 5 first-place awards in the Arkansas Young Artist Association's annual conference.
  • The Concert Belles received a superior ranking at the state choral festival for the "finest performance in the event" and received the highest possible total score.
  • Seven Walsingham Academy athletes were named to the All-Tidewater Conference of Independent Schools.
  • A team of students from Mount Saint Mary Academy (Watchung, New Jersey) finished second in the Euro Challenge, a competition that tests ninth- and 10th-grade students on their knowledge of the European economy and the euro.

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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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