July 31, 2018 | SEND NEWS ITEMS TO: mesa@sistersofmercy.org
Responding to a Call: The 2018 Partners in Ministry Leadership Academy
“You are not in your current position at a Mercy school by chance or by coincidence. I believe every one of you has responded to a call, whether you knew it or not.”

With these words, Sister Regina Ward, associate director of mission integration for MESA, introduced the powerful theme of vocation to the 50 administrators and educators attending the 2018 Partners in Ministry Leadership Academy, July 23-24, in Baltimore, Maryland. This theme echoed throughout the two-day event as participants engaged in panels, presentations, reflection and dialogue around Mercy education’s past, present and future. 

Survey: How Is Your School
Addressing Climate Change?
At the Leadership Academy last week, several administrators and educators mentioned environmental initiatives taking place at their schools: greenhouses, gardens, refillable water stations, recycling programs and more. If your school is engaging in an environmentally friendly practice, please complete this survey, created by the Institute Justice Team. They are preparing a statement for the Global Climate Action Summit about the way Mercy ministries are committed to addressing climate change and caring for Earth.
New Mercy Leader Orientation Program
The New Mercy Leader Orientation Program is a two-year program offered online for new administrators and board chairs throughout the Mercy Education System of the Americas. The program consists of 10 sessions over a two-year cycle.

This year's topics include: governance, ethical decision-making, servant leadership, human resources practices and crisis management. Each topic will be offered twice via web-conferencing. The orientation program begins in September, with additional sessions in November, December, February and April.

Please contact Kim Baxter, associate director for programs and services, if you would like to view a recording of any of the sessions.
Reminder: 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 the 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.
Good News & Great Opportunities
  • The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) is seeking nominations for the Youth Virtues, Valor and Vision Award. The award recognizes extraordinary young people in NCEA member schools who are changing the world through service, innovation and commitment to social justice. Learn how to nominate a student.
  • Mount Saint Mary Academy in Watchung, New Jersey, announced it will establish a Bloomberg Financial Markets lab on campus for the 2018-19 school year. The lab will be integrated into existing economics, financial literacy and data analysis curriculum.
  • Interested in learning more about the life of Catherine McAuley? Mercy International Association will host a one-hour live-streamed presentation on Catherine's relationship with members of her family: daughter, sister, aunt, adoptive parent, cousin and friend. The session will be repeated three times, twice on August 4 and once on August 5. Connection information is available here.
  • Send us news about your school! MESA@sistersofmercy.org
  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
 You are encouraged to send in information that you'd like to share through MESA Flash . We'd love to share your good news and photos from your schools, along with tips and practical suggestions from which others in the community can learn. Email us at mesa@sistersofmercy.org .
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