April 13, 2022

Hello, Mercy Friends, and Happy Spring!

At last! I am thrilled to report to you that, at long last, Mercy High School is embracing “normal” life this Spring, reveling in our first full post-COVID semester in more than two years.

The joy is palpable. Just this past weekend, our auditorium reverberated with the happy, upbeat sounds of “High School Musical,” performed with exuberance by Mercy and Xavier students to very large and appreciative audiences; in fact, the Sunday matinee crowd was the biggest we’ve seen in many years.

This week, the building is quiet, with students and faculty enjoying Spring Break in advance of the Easter Triduum. We will be off on Easter Monday, as well – and then we will run full steam ahead into six weeks bubbling with beloved Mercy traditions, including proms, the Mother-Daughter Mass, and the Mercy Memorial Mass commemorating our beloved deceased. The Senior Breakfast, Class Night, Baccalaureate, and Graduation are all being planned with those distinctive “Mercy touches” and a sense of warm hospitality that embodies the unmistakable charism of the Sisters of Mercy.

At the same time, we are looking ahead with renewed optimism, dreaming of what Mercy could become in the next five years, the next ten, the next 60. As you know, this Winter we held a series of Strategic Planning focus groups with volunteers from key constituencies (students, Board members, parents, faculty/staff, alumnae). Replete with lively conversation and creative brainstorming, those sessions yielded many of the questions and ideas that informed the content of our Strategic Plan Questionnaire 2022, which I share today with all of you.

Please click here to complete this anonymous, 10-minute questionnaire that will help us determine Mercy’s most important strategic priorities for the next five years and beyond. In early Summer, we will analyze your responses, triage the projects, and finalize our new Strategic Plan – and of course, share it with all of you.

As the world comes back to life this Spring, and as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ this weekend, I extend to you and your family my most sincere prayers for a peaceful and restorative Easter and the joy of rebirth in your own lives.


In Mercy,

Alissa K. DeJonge ‘95


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