The Mercy Honors has been rescheduled

*****Please watch for the new date in 2021!!******

Click here to view the listing of past honorees

On November 7th, 2019 at The Columns Banquets in Elma,  Mount Mercy Academy honored five outstanding alumnae and friends in the community at the 20th Anniversary Celebration of Mercy Honors.

Douglas F. Lum and Mary Travers Murphy were presented the Spirit of Mercy Award for their outstanding work in the Mount Mercy and Western New York Community. Doug has been a humble friend to Mount Mercy Academy since his daughters Margaret '96 and Jessica '98 attended the Academy in 1992. He has served on the Board of Trustees, Boosters Club, Parents Guild, to name a few, and still serves on the finance and golf tournament committees. Mary is the CEO of the Family Justice Center where she fights for and is the voice to the many victims of domestic violence and abuse. She is also the Chair of the Many Faces of Mercy Giving Circle,a group of women philanthropists sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy.

Kate Coughlin Lynch '76 was presented with the Mercy Devotion Award for her commitment and devotion to Mount Mercy Academy and the students and families at Mount Mercy. Kate has been a physical education teacher, athletic director and coach of multiple sports during her 25 year tenure at the Academy.

Mary Ann Murphy '80 and Erin Sobkowski '95 were named the 2019 Catherine McAuley Distinguished Alumna for their outstanding work both professionally and in the community. Mary Ann is the Director of Maternal Child Unit for over 35 years at Mercy Hospital. She has provided excellent patient care while balancing both her management duties and supporting staff. She is very active in the Buffalo Community and has been an instrumental part of the WNY Perinatal Bereavement Community. She teaches and oversees clinical nursing students at local colleges  and is the key connection between the Mount Mercy Academy and Mercy Hospital in their internship program for Mercy students through the Academy of Science and Health. Erin is an attorney in the General Counsel's Office in the NYS Division of Human Rights. She drafts and tracks legislation, issues legal opinion, does appellate work and oversees the freedom of information law unit. She is also the Co-founder and Board President of 21 Connect, an education and advocacy group for individuals with Down syndrome. She also serves on the start up committee for GiGi's Playhouse Buffalo, a facility that will provide social, employment, and academic support to people with Down syndrome of all ages to help them integrate and succeed in the community.

We congratulate these outstanding recipients and  thank those that attended the dinner! Your support is greatly appreciated.



A special thank you to our 2019 Mercy Honors Chairperson Mary Waters McDonald ’81 and the committee members Anita Durkin Crotty ’63, Anne Marie Kuwik ’84, Leanne Maloney ’05, Patti Keane Marren ’82, Kathleen Kaczmarek Mehltretter ’72, Laura Ortiz ’83, Mary Russo ’15 and Joanne Schwartzott ’54 for their time and effort making this wonderful event happen each year.

Alumnae, family and friends are invited to attend the Mercy Honors Dinner to learn more about and to honor our alumnae and community members. You can also choose to honor a recipient by placing an ad or an individual patron in our event program book. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please contact events@mtmercy.org for more information. All proceeds benefit the Alumnae Scholarship Fund at Mount Mercy Academy.

To make a general donation to the Mount Mercy Academy Alumnae Scholarship Fund or in the name of one of 2019 Honorees, please click the link below:


Each year we recognize deserving honorees with awards for achievement in their careers, community involvement, and dedication to Mount Mercy Academy.

If you know of a fellow classmate or community member that does outstanding work, nominate them for the 2021 Mercy Honors Awards. Nominations will be accepted until June 30th, 2021.

To make a nomination for the Mercy Honors Award 2021, please click the link below:




Thank you for your continued support!

"Mount Mercy has taught me some of the most important things in my life and I am so grateful for that. I know that incorporating the principles of a woman of Mercy has made me the best version of myself. I can only hope that in the future, I will continue to grow and teach others the valuable lessons that I was taught at Mount Mercy. While I have learned so many things here, the greatest thing by far that I have learned is that DNA does not always make a family, love makes a family and that is exactly what I have gained here, a second family."

Mariah Rullan

Class of 2019

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