September 11, 2018 | SEND NEWS ITEMS TO: mesa@sistersofmercy.org
What Are Your Plans for Mercy's 175th?
As previously shared, the Institute Leadership Team invites all MESA schools to participate in celebrating the 175th anniversary of the arrival of the Sisters of Mercy in the United States.

You are being asked to consider 175 ways to take action in honor of this milestone! Two suggested themes for your 175 actions are (1) growing in our personal practice of nonviolence and (2) strengthening our relationships.

MESA's 175 Actions
The MESA staff has committed to sending 175 cards to faculty and staff at our Mercy schools. Each card contains a postcard, and we are inviting the recipient of the card to send the postcard to another employee at a Mercy education ministry as a way to build even more connections. The cards will be mailed in October. We invite you to snap a selfie if you receive one and send it to mesa@sistersofmercy.org .

Your 175 Actions
What 175 actions will your school take? The deadline to share your plan is Mercy Day, September 24, and actions should be completed December 12. Share what your school is doing here so that it can be included in the Institute-wide list.

175 Online
For schools looking to engage with and promote the 175th anniversary online, here are some ways to connect:
  • Visit the 175th anniversary webpage on the Institute website.
  • Use the hashtag #Mercy175 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Register Today for Mercy Education Conference, October 11-13
Registration is due September 18 for the 2018 Mercy Education Conference. This year's event, hosted by Merion Mercy Academy, will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.

  • October 11: Meeting for School Administrators
  • October 12-13: Education Conference
  • Keynote speakers: Amie Konwinski, founder and CEO for Smart Girl Society, and Sister Janet Ruffing, RSM, Professor of the Practice of Spirituality and Ministerial Leadership at Yale Divinity School.
  • Panel of School Counselors: Kristin Fromal, Gwynedd Mercy Academy Elementary; Emily Cady, Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women; Kathleen Ketofsky, Mount Saint Mary Academy; and Mary Terese Lopata, Mercy Career and Technical High School.


Mercy Charism, School Mission Focus of Mercymount In-Service Meetings
From September 8-10, Sisters Lisa Griffith and Regina Ward led in-service meetings at Mercymount Country Day School in Cumberland, Rhode Island. For the board, Sisters Lisa and Regina provided an overview of MESA and touched on fiduciary responsibilities. For faculty and staff, the focus was on team-building and developing personal and team g oals. Mercy charism and Mercymount's mission formed the foundation of each in-service. View more photos.
Remembering 9-11
On the 17th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States, we call on the God of Mercy, Wisdom and Mystery to help us deepen our response to nonviolence. We are so aware of the fear and violence that continues to permeate our world since 9/11. As we pray in remembrance of that tragic day, help us also to be people of hope who embrace a belief that a new vision is possible.  

This prayer is adapted from "A Prayer of Comfort, Remembrance and Hope."
School Profile
Holy Cross High School
This week our series of school profiles takes us to Holy Cross High School in the Philippines.
Holy Cross High School (HCHS) is a private diocesan Catholic school managed by the Sisters of Mercy, Philippine Region. It is located on the top of a hill in Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte, which overlooks Panguil Bay and Ozamiz City. The school offers holistic formation. The spirit and charism of Catherine McAuley and legacy to Mercy education are kept alive in the school’s mission, vision, goals and objectives. Special care for the restoration of Mother Earth, peace education, basic ecclesial communities and leadership training are important aspects of education at the school.
HCHS commits to:

◊  foster moral and spiritual virtues among pupils, students, faculty, staff, administrators, parents and eventually to the larger community.
◊  provide physical, mental, social, emotional, aesthetic and economic opportunities for growth.
◊  be aware of and sensitive to the needs of the community including ecological restoration and dialogue of life.
◊  deepen and strengthen love of country.
◊  develop desirable working habits and attitudes towards the dignity of labor in preparation for the selection of life’s work.
Holy Cross High School offers the following programs:

  1. Kindergarten
  2. Elementary (grades 1-6)
  3. Junior High School (grades 7-10)
  4. Senior High School (grades 11-12).

There is an academic track as well as a Technical-Vocational-Livelihood track which includes programs in shielded metal arc welding, computer programming and computer systems servicing.
Good News & Great Opportunities
  • The Diocese of Tulsa, Oklahoma, recently celebrated the healing of a three-year-old boy (pictured above with his family), potentially through the intercession of Venerable Catherine McAuley. Read more.
  • We welcome Mr. Angel Leiva to his new position as assistant head of school for St. Catherine Academy in Belize City, Belize.
  • Mercy International Association is offering a five-day Ethos Program for Partners in Ministry who want to deepen their rootedness in the Mercy story. The program will be held at Mercy International Centre in Dublin, Ireland. Learn more here.
  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
 We encourage you to send in information for MESA Flash . We'd love to share your good news and photos from your schools, along with tips and practical suggestions. Email us at mesa@sistersofmercy.org .
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