Mercy Honors 2016 Recap

Congratulations to our 2016 Mercy Honors Award Recipients! The 17th annual Mercy Honors dinner was held on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at The Creekside Banquet Facility. Each year we recognize deserving honorees with awards for Distinguished Alumna and the Spirit of Mercy Awards. This year we also honored worthy recipients with the Mercy Devotion Award and the Sister Sally Walz Memorial Award. As always, the evening was most enjoyable and inspiring.  The amazing accomplishments of our respected honorees gave us all a reason to celebrate.

The evening started with a wonderful speech from our student speaker, Clare McKeone of the Class of 2017. Clare is the daughter of Chris and Jennifer Shea McKeone '85. She is an academically excellent student and participates in numerous sports and activities. Clare also participates in numerous volunteer projects both at Mount Mercy and outside of school... she is one of Mount Mercy's shining stars! Our mistress of ceremonies for the evening was once again Bonnie Kane Lockwood '73. Bonnie has such a wonderful way with words and a presence that truly makes the night special and engaging. During our traditional video picture montage, we paid tribute to Mount Mercy's beloved former principal and director of alumnae and development, Sister Sally Walz '56.

 Of course the undeniable focus of the night was on our deserving honorees. Their accomplishments, ambition and commitment show us just how sincerely inspirational they are. They gave amazing speeches and hearing about all they have achieved left everyone in the room feeling excited and encouraged. All of our honorees show a dedication and commitment to their community, to their personal success and are truly ministers of mercy. Congratulations again to our Catherine McAuley Distinguished Alumna honorees: Marie Porter Cannon '83 and Dr. Lisa Mendonza '89. The Catherine McAuley Distinguished Alumna Award honors alumnae of Mount Mercy Academy who have distinguished themselves as women of faith, knowledge, integrity and compassion.  They are women whose accomplishments in all areas of her life - family, community & career reflect the legacy and mission of Catherine McAuley.  Congratulations to our Spirit of Mercy honorees: Anita Durkin Crotty '63 and Michael and Cathleen (Canney '84) Lempko. The Spirit of Mercy Award honors persons who exhibit the Spirit of Mercy in their professional and personal lives, most notably for their commitment and dedication to their community. Congratulations also go out to our Mercy Devotion Award honoree, Robert A. Fix, Mount Mercy Academy faculty member for 31 years. This award is presented to an academy faculty or staff member who has earned the respect and admiration of students and colleagues over the years. Finally, the Mount Mercy Academy Alumnae Association was proud to award the first ever Sister Sally Memorial Award. Congratulations to Moey O'Connor Oakley '73 for this much deserved honor. The Sister Sally award is presented to a woman, strong in faith, who is distinguished in her family and career, a woman who shares her talent with the Mount Mercy Academy community. Thank you all for inspiring us!

A sincere thank you goes out to the wonderful ladies of our Mercy Honors committee, without their hard work this event wouldn't be possible. We especially thank Mary Waters McDonald '81, the event chairperson, who works tirelessly on ensuring the success of our Mercy Honors dinner. 



 
 
 
 

The Catherine McAuley Distinguished Alumna Award is presented to an alumna of Mount Mercy Academy who has distinguished herself as a woman of faith, knowledge, integrity and compassion.  A woman whose accomplishments in all areas of her life - family, community, career - reflect the legacy and mission of Catherine McAuley, the Foundress of the Sisters of Mercy.

The Spirit of Mercy Award is an annual presentation of Mount Mercy Academy to those who exhibit the Spirit of Mercy in their professional and personal lives.  The recipients are honored for their outstanding commitment and dedication to their community.  They are truly ministers of Mercy who "live justly, act in tenderness and with humility journey with their God" (Micah 6).   

The Mercy Devotion Award is presented to a faculty or staff member at the Academy who has served as an inspiration for, and has earned the respect and admiration of students and colleagues over the years.

 The Sister Sally Walz Memorial Award is presented to a woman, strong in Faith, who is distinguished in her family and career, a woman who shares her talent with the Mount Mercy Academy community, a volunteer who brings that generosity of time and talent that marked Sister Sally's life. This award is given to an alumna who, like Sister Sally, has "an expansive heart that is always welcoming and a generosity of time and talent for what needs to be done."

We are so pleased to announce this new award named in honor of Sister Sally Walz '56, who was a driving force behind the Mercy Honors Awards dinner. Her passion for this event was always evident through her guidance, wisdom and insistence on integrity.

 


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