Earth Day and Laudato Si Week Resources
- Invite students to submit art, poems, prayers and more to Hope for Creation – a virtual celebration of Earth Day and Laudato Si.
- Celebrate as a school community, online – this 60-minute program from the Catholic Climate Covenant has been adapted for virtual gatherings.
- Encourage your school community to get involved at home – visit EarthDay.org for at-home activities and a daily challenge.
- Read about the history of Earth Day.
- Individual actions make an impact, too. Everyone in the Mercy family is invited to take part in the year-long Mercy Earth Challenge. Sign up here to get weekly updates to your inbox including spiritual and educational resources and a suggestion action respond to Pope Francis’ call to “care for our common home.” All Mercy Earth Challenge materials will be available in English and Spanish.
- Pope Francis’ video on Laudato Si Week
- Laudato Si Week Toolkit from the Global Catholic Climate Movement
- Meditation on Laudato Si prepared by Mercy Sister Ana Siufi of Argentina in English and Spanish
2020 Make Mercy Real Video 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.
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
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.
- Share how your school community is embracing the Mercy Critical Concerns and Works of Mercy on social media using the hashtag #MakeMercyReal.
- Incorporate the Make Mercy Real movement into fundraisers, service activities, spiritual events, special projects and more.
- 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
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.).