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There are many ways for school communities and individuals to get involved with the wider Mercy community.

2020 Make Mercy Real Video Contest

For the fourth year, the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy is sponsoring their annual #MakeMercyReal video contest. All students who attend Mercy high schools and colleges/universities or who are involved in a Mercy-affiliated ministry are invited to participate. Entries are due April 1, 2020. The winner will receive a cash prize of $500.
Further information about the contest is available here including rules, tip sheet and more. For questions, please contact Mike Poulin, director of justice outreach, mission and ministry for the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community. MESA encourages each school to submit at least one video to the contest.

March for Life Signs

Mercy-themed “March for Life” signs are available here. Schools are welcome to use these at local and national March for Life events. The posters are available as PDFs, size 11×17 inches, with messaging on both sides. If you wish to receive editable PhotoShop files to customize with your school’s logo, please contact Lauren Albright.

Mercy Focus on Haiti

  • Mercy Focus on Haiti website
  • October 2019 update on the humanitarian crisis in Haiti, including ways to contribute.
  • July 2019 announcement that student immersion trips to Haiti have been postponed indefinitely due to increased danger.
  • Coming soon – fundraising opportunities and lesson plans to help Mercy students learn more about the humanitarian crisis in Haiti and support the important work of Mercy Focus on Haiti.

Mercy International Association - Programs for Students and Educators

View the full list of programs available for students and educators from Mercy International Association in Dublin, Ireland.

Request a Prayer from the Sisters of Mercy

The Sisters of Mercy include all those in need in our daily prayer. Include your special intentions by submitting your prayer requests here.

School Activity: Mercy Monarch Milkweed Project

Become part of the Mercy Monarch Milkweed Project by creating a milkweed garden site on the monarch butterfly’s migratory path. Your site should include nectar and milkweed plants and be free of pesticides. You can then register your garden with Mercy Ecology, Inc. and receive a sign for your garden to identify it as part of the Mercy Monarch Habitat Network.

Learn more here.
Contact: Sister Anne Curtis, RSM

School Activity: Saint Kateri Habitat

Vegetable gardens, milkweed, chicken coops – our MESA schools engage in many creative and Earth-friendly practices to help students learn about stewardship and sustainability, hallmarks of the Mercy Critical Concern for Earth. These efforts can help your school earn distinction as a Saint Kateri Habitat. You can learn about the qualifications to become a Saint Kateri Habitat here.

The program is named in honor of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, the patron saint of Native Americans, First Nations Peoples, ecology and the environment.

Sisters of Mercy Action Alerts

Explore the current Sisters of Mercy advocacy efforts.  Get involved and raise your voice with ours!

Social Media Activity: Make Mercy Real - Find a Way Every Day

The Sisters of Mercy are challenging you to share how you Make Mercy Real. In the coming year, find a way every day to Make Mercy Real and share it on social media. We look forward to sharing the inspiring and creative ways our schools embrace the call to Make Mercy Real.

Here are a few ways in which you can take part:
  1. Share how your school community is embracing the Mercy Critical Concerns and Works of Mercy on social media using the hashtag #MakeMercyReal.
  2. Incorporate the Make Mercy Real movement into fundraisers, service activities, spiritual events, special projects and more.
  3. A folder of Make Mercy Real logos in English and Spanish – including a Make Mercy Real moving “gif”! – is available here. You are welcome to use these on signage, websites, social media, etc. For questions, please contact us.

Speaking Tour with Sister Kathleen Erickson, RSM

Sister Kathleen Erickson, RSM

How has your school continued the conversation on immigration since the 2019 Mercy Education Conference? The Sisters of Mercy Institute Justice Team Is offering our MESA schools the opportunity to host Sister Kathleen Erickson, RSM, one of the keynote speakers from the conference, at your schools for student, faculty, board, parent and/or alumni events. Sister Kathleen has recently returned from three weeks in Juárez, Mexico, and is poised to help continue to tell the story of the reality on the U.S.-Mexico border and the factors driving migration (climate change, etc.).

No stipend will be necessary, and the Institute Justice Team will cover Sister Kathleen’s travel costs. Schools in the same area may consider hosting joint events to maximize the impact of Sister Kathleen’s presentation on immigration. If interested in hosting an event with Sister Kathleen at your school in either spring or fall, please contact Jean Stokan.
Here is a recent 2-minute video of Sister Kathleen speaking about her journey with migrants. And here is a captivating 5-minute video from 2017 of Sister Kathleen speaking about her experience of serving as a chaplain at a detention center in Dilly, Texas. An NCR Global Sisters Report Q&A interview with Sister Kathleen from 2014 is still as relevant today as it was six years ago.
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