September 4, 2018 | SEND NEWS ITEMS TO: mesa@sistersofmercy.org
Mission and Mercy Focus of Charism Workshops in Jamaica
Last week Sisters Lisa Griffith and Regina Ward facilitated charism workshops for faculties and staff from 8 education ministries -- Mount St. Joseph Preparatory School, Mount St. Joseph Catholic High School, St. John Bosco Career Advancement Institute, Jessie Ripoll Primary School, Alpha Primary School, Alpha Infant School, Alpha Institute, and Convent of Mercy Academy (Alpha) -- as well as Alpha Dental Clinic and the Sisters of Mercy Business Office.

Participants in the workshops explored the MESA mission statement as well as the mission statement of their ministry as a way to highlight values. They then identified values to help live out their ministry's mission throughout the year and set goals based on these identified values.

Sharing stories was another key component of the workshops. Attendees shared their call to Mercy with one another and discussed how to live Mercy both personally and communally.

"The presence of Mercy was alive and well," Sister Regina reported about the trip. "We felt very much at home in Jamaica."

Sisters Lisa and Regina would like to thank Mercy administrators in Jamaica and Sister Susan Frazer for their generous hospitality.

Apply for Border Immersion Delegations
The Institute Justice Team is organizing two immersion delegations on the U.S.-Mexico border that will offer participants an opportunity to experience the trying factors that push and pull families to migrate. The dates of the two delegations are November 12-18, 2018, and March 31-April 5, 2019. More information is available here. Please contact Jean Stokan for application information.

Last year's delegation included Mercy educator Rachel Jones-Summan, Mount Saint Mary Catholic High School. Rachel's video reflection on her experience is available here. More videos and articles from the 2017 delegation are linked here.
Help Us Update MESA Website
Our website at mercyedu.org includes information about all 56 education ministries that are part of MESA. View the list of ministries here. We need your help to keep this page up-to-date. In particular, please check to see if the enrollment number and photos are current. If you'd like to make any changes, please email Lauren Albright, MESA communications specialist.
Reminder: Send Your Mercy Day Greeting to Mercy International
It's less than a month till Mercy Day! For many years, Mercy ministries and communities from across the globe have sent in their Mercy Day greetings for posting on the mercyworld.org website. These are widely read and greatly appreciated.

Mercy International invites all MESA schools to send in a greeting. Greetings can include a text and image (if desired) and should be sent to mercyenews@mercyinternational.ie by September 21 to make sure they are published for Mercy Day. Greetings will be posted as they are received.

Additionally, Mercy Day materials from Mercy International Association are available online . You are invited to use this prayer service to follow along with a live-streamed Mercy Day program at Mercy International Centre, or adapt it for use in your schools and classes.
Registration due September 18 for Mercy Education Conference
The 2018 Mercy Education Conference will take place October 11-13, 2018.  Visit this page  for more details, and  click here to register .

This  conference brochure  contains further information, schedule and links to the registration forms. Please make sure that you and all of your attendees are registered for both the conference and the hotel (if needed) before September 18.
School Profile
Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School
It's back-to-school week for students at Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School (GMAHS) -- perfect timing to take our series of school profiles to Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania.
This all-girls school boasts an enrollment of 400 with an average class size of 18 students. There are over 30 clubs, 10 service programs, 12 sports and several honor societies. Gwynedd Mercy is a recipient of the Presidential Blue Ribbon Award for excellence in education and is fully accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Middle States Association. The history of GMAHS dates back to 1861, when the Sisters of Mercy established the Academy of the Sisters of Mercy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School encourages young women to live and act justly in the spirit of Jesus Christ and to follow in the tradition of mercy and service handed down from Catherine McAuley. GMAHS respects individual differences and challenges each student to achieve academic excellence. GMAHS empowers each student to develop her unique talents and abilities and to become a competent and compassionate Christian woman. Learn more about the school's mission and belief statements.
All courses are college prep, with numerous opportunities to take honors and AP classes. Classes emphasize independent thinking as well as collaboration. The new Catherine Learning Program provides academic support for students with a range of needs, and the Learning Commons is a unique, 21st-century library which encourages research, study and discovery. All 2018 graduates are continuing studies at a four-year college or university this year, and 97 percent were awarded scholarships.
Good News & Great Opportunities
  Updated Job Listings


Please send your job listings to mesa@sistersofmercy.org . 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.
 
Annual Administrator Meeting

October 11, 2018
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
 
Mercy 2018 Education Conference

Hosted by Merion Mercy Academy
October 12-13, 2018
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
 
Leadership Forum

February 28, 2019
Atlanta, Georgia
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