Around the Table Newsletter Archive
 This newsletter is published four times per year: September, December, March and June.

In the March 2018 edition of Around the Table, we offer reflections on the Lenten season, explore Women’s History Month, and pay tribute to the national, student-led demonstrations for gun law reform. In addition we profile MESA Board Member Pegeen D’Agostino and MESA Associate Director for Programs and Services Kimberly Baxter.

March 2018

In this issue, we share a reflection from the Board of the Directors written by Sr. Richard Mary Burke, R.S.M. and another one on the season from Sr. Lisa Griffith, Executive Director, Mercy Education System of the Americas. Also inside are updates on programs and services, the accreditation pilot, a student reflection and an interview with Board member David Levy.

December 2017

Around the Table will share more about the Mercy Education System of the Americas (MESA) by learning what is happening in the office and our education ministries. We will publish the newsletter four times a year: September, December, March and June.

September 2017

For updates from The Mercy Educations System of the Americas

MESA Flash Newsletter Archive
 The MESA Flash will communicate time-sensitive information and will be published as needed.

Mercy March For Our Lives

MESA Flash - March 20, 2018

MESA and the Institute Justice Team are coordinating the participation of Mercy schools in the March for Our Lives this weekend. See also how Gwynedd Mercy Academy chose to observe National Walkout Day.

March For Our Lives

MESA Flash - March 13, 2018

Resources for students participating in national and local marches and a great big welcome to Jamie Landry, a Mercy Associate who joined MESA as our new Executive Assistant. Mount St. Mary Catholic High School profiled.

Mesa Mission Statement

MESA Flash - March 6, 2018

MESA’s new mission statement was approved by the Board of Directors and was unveiled at the Leadership Forum in Atlanta. Also inside new opportunities for Mercy educators and a request for contributions from Mercy International Association.

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MESA Flash - Feb. 27, 2018

MESA and the Institute Justice Team offer support as students decide to participate in actions related to the Florida school shooting. Also, the Pope issues a challenge ahead of World Youth Day.

Parkland Shooting Statement

MESA Flash - Feb. 20, 2018

When will the shootings stop? We share an excerpt from a statement from the Sisters of Mercy. Also inside details of how the new tax code help families pay for Catholic school.

Lenten Series

MESA Flash - Feb. 13, 2018

Lent starts tomorrow. The Sisters of Mercy announced a new Lenten meditation series reflecting on the last seven words of Jesus. Also, February is CTE Month.

Mercy Mcauley Announcement

MESA Flash - Feb. 6, 2018

Two of our schools are joining to form a new school – Mercy McAuley High School. Plus resources on Black History Month, an opportunity to be recognized on the Catholic Honor Roll and more!


MESA Flash - Jan. 30, 2018

Check inside for details about how to participate in FoodFast, an educational program of Catholic Relief Services. Also, see our profile on Academy of Our Lady of Guam.


MESA Flash - Jan. 23, 2018

Catholic Schools Week runs Jan. 28–Feb. 3, 2018. Look inside for details about how to participate. Also, the Education Department is accepting nominations for its Green Ribbon program.

Viva Mercy

MESA Flash - Jan. 16, 2018

The story of the formation of the MESA is chronicled in the cover story of ¡Viva! Mercy. We also profile Mercy Career & Technical High School in Philadelphia.

Migration Week

MESA Flash - Jan. 9, 2018

We mark National Migration Week with a social media series from the Sisters of Mercy. We also bid farewell to Jennifer Lasseter’s MESA’s first Executive Assistant.

Happy New Year

MESA Flash - Jan. 2, 2018

Blessings and well wishes for 2018 for our entire community. Also, the Sisters of Mercy #MakeMercyReal Video contest now open.

Foundation Day

MESA Flash - Dec. 12, 2017

Happy Foundation Day! On this day we mark the 186th anniversary of the founding of the Sisters of Mercy. Also inside are Advent reflections and an announcement of the student video contest.


MESA Flash - Dec. 5, 2017

In this issue, we share resources for the first week of Advent and announce the next New Leader orientation meeting.

Blue Ribbon

MESA Flash - Nov. 28, 2017

Congratulations to Gwynedd-Mercy Academy Elementary on being named a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School! Also inside are a TED Talk by His Holiness Pope Francis and a notice about upcoming Advent resources.

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MESA Flash - Nov. 21, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving from MESA! We shared holiday greetings and a prayer from Sr. Cynthia Serjak. Mercy educators who are participating in a U.S.-Mexico border immersion are profiled.

Mesa On Social

MESA Flash - Nov. 7, 2017

We’ve joined Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. We encourage you to like our pages and share our content.


MESA Flash - Oct. 31, 2017

We stand with the Dreamers. Answer the call to pray and remembers those we’ve lost and those in jeopardy.

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MESA Flash - Oct. 24, 2017

Highlights from the Education Conference, Mercy Elementary Education Network Joins MESA, and Sister Marily Lacey Named Opus Prize Laureate

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MESA Flash - Oct. 3, 2017

The Sisters of Mercy issued a call to prayer for the victims and families of the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

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Happy Mercy Day!

Happy 190th Mercy Day! As Catherine reminded us, “Our center is God, from whom all our actions should spring from their source.”


MESA Flash - Sept. 19, 2017

Information on the Mercy Pilgrimage, Border Immersion Experience and the #MakeMercyReal Video Contest

Harvey Irma

MESA Flash - Sept. 12, 2017

Information about supporting the response to  Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Plus announcements on DACA, #MakeMercyReal, and the Season of Creation

Mesa Office Open

MESA Office Opens July 3, 2017

The Mercy Education System of the Americas office is officially open!


Publications of Mercy Education System of the Americas are distributed in a variety of ways and the format and the means to access or receive will be posted on the Educational Resources page of this site.

The Mercy Education System of the Americas supports the statement made by the Sisters of Mercy in response to the recent events in Charlottesville, VA.  To view the full statement please click here.  

On June 15, Mercy Education System of the Americas announced their opening date of July 3, 2017. This announcement included an introductory video so viewers could hear their witness and share in their anticipation of this exciting new extension of the Mercy mission. The videos can be seen in both English and Spanish below.