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“Let us take one day only in hands, at a time, merely making a resolve for tomorrow;

thus we may hope to get on taking short, careful steps, not great strides.”

-Catherine McAuley


The New Mercy Leader Orientation Program is intended for all new leaders, whether school administrator and/or board chair. These new leaders will participate in the orientation program over a two-year period, attending five sessions per year.

In addition to the new leaders, seasoned leaders are accompanying the new leaders through the orientation process. Ideally, the new leaders will form their own “cohort” group for future collegiality and collaboration.


Presentation Date: September 4, 1-2 pm EST

This session is for new MESA administrators only.


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Presentation Dates:
September 9, 11-12:30 pm EST
September 11, 6-7:30 pm EST

This presentation will describe the charism as a gift of God that characterized and enabled Catherine McAuley’s life and work, and will characterize and enable the life and work of all in the Mercy family who follow her example and respond to the Gospel mission of Mercy as she did. The presentation will address why Catherine McAuley might be appealing to all Mercy educators and what Catherine’s attitudes and actions would be with respect to Mercy education today. Sister Mary will also address what Mercy education now needs in terms of a global perspective, a recognition of our oneness with our Earth, and explicit efforts to overcome racism through the Mercy Critical Concerns.

EVALUATIONS - Mary Lang and Martha Tedesco


Presentation Dates:
November 4, 2019, 11-12:30 pm EST
November 6, 2019, 6-7:30 pm EST

This presentation will offer best practices on completing board, administrator and staff evaluations. It will emphasize the following characteristics of effective evaluations: annual process, clear and rigorous expectations, multiple measures, multiple ratings, regular feedback and significance.


Presentation Dates:
December 2, 11-12:30 pm EST
December 4, 6-7:30 pm EST

Strategic planning is a critical method used by successful schools. It is often a requirement for boards of trustees of Mercy ministries. This session will introduce the essential elements of a strategic plan. Participants will learn about the process of getting stakeholders involved in strategic planning, identifying the critical needs of the ministry, designing strategic intents to address the needs and implementing a timeline to address the strategic intents.

GOVERNANCE - Sister Margaret Taylor, RSM

Presentation Dates:
February 3, 11-12:30 pm EST
February 5, 6-7:30 pm EST

Sister Margaret Taylor will answer the question of why we have MESA. She will describe the nonprofit corporation and its uses and will explain the legal relationship of the schools to the Sisters of Mercy, the role of the board vis-à-vis MESA and the legal responsibilities of the board of a nonprofit corporation. Her presentation will also cover the roles and responsibilities of local boards of trustees, standards of conduct and the “art” of being a good board member.


Presentation Dates:
April 20, 11-12:30 pm EST
April 22, 6-7:30 pm EST

This presentation will include reflections on Vatican II’s teaching on what it means to be Church; participation in the mission of Christ; sponsorship of MESA by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas and the canonical relationship of MESA to the Institute; Catholic and Mercy identity; and practical issues that arise from our relationship to the Church.

GOVERNANCE - Sister Judith Carey, RSM

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Presentation dates: September 11 and 12, 2018

This presentation covers topics including the nonprofit corporation and its uses, the legal relationship of schools to the Sisters of Mercy, the legal responsibilities of the board of a nonprofit corporation and the “art” of being a good board member.

SERVANT LEADERSHIP - Sister Deborah Troillett, RSM

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Presentation Dates: December 10 and 12, 2018

What does it mean to be a servant leader? What does it mean to be a Mercy servant leader? This session reviews the characteristics of a servant leader, which can include listening, empathy, healing, stewardship and more.

CRISIS MANAGEMENT - Kristina Cawley and Sharon Gallagher

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Presentation Dates: April 1 and 3, 2019

This presentation focuses on the question, “What is crisis management?” The presenters discuss many of the essential elements of crisis management, including information on social media crises and communication.


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Presentation Dates: November 12 and 14, 2018

This presentation outlines a 10-step process for ethical decision-making and discuss how to consider the “common good” in our decision-making.

HUMAN RESOURCES PRACTICES - Leslie Carlson and Cheryl Kreger

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Presentation Dates: February 4 and 6, 2019

This presentation includes a review of all aspects of human resource practices. Topics include performance management and reviews, job descriptions and handbooks, employee training and orientation, safety and risk management and employee benefits and building a culture.

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