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Mount Mercy's Campus Ministry Off to a Busy Start

September signals the start of a busy, new school year.  Different classes, incoming students, fresh activities and unfamiliar teachers are just a few of the new beginnings for schools.  Service and a busy campus ministry department are nothing new and not at all unusual at Mount Mercy Academy. The 2019-20 school year began right where it ended, with faith-filled activities and serving the community.

    The year opened with short prayer services for both the faculty and staff and the student body. A blessing was bestowed upon the school’s athletes and the newly lined and refurbished gymnasium floor, which the Mount Mercy Academy Athletic Boosters Club generously funded.  The students who attended the Mercy Girl Effect Leadership Conference in Philadelphia introduced this year’s Mercy Girl Effect Project. The school will be supporting Laudato Tree, a collaborative effort of Mercy schools, to support the Great Green Wall.  The Great Green Wall is sponsored by the United Nations and will create a line of trees across Sub Saharan Africa, stretching from Senegal to Djibouti. The trees will help to fight against deforestation and climate change. The student team has planned several projects and fundraisers to support this effort.

    The freshmen class held their class retreat. Students had the opportunity to create friendships through team-building activities and also learned more about the important components of a Mercy education.
    The first mass of the year was held on Mercy Day, the anniversary of the day that Catherine McAuley first opened the House of Mercy in Ireland and dedicated it Our Lady of Mercy. A few days later the school had a celebration of Catherine McAuley’s birthday, hosting an event entitled “Cupcakes for Catherine.”

While most of Western New York was watching the Bills-Patriots game, eight students, two faculty members and one alumna spent the afternoon preparing dinner at the Ronald McDonald House. 

The Mount Mercy community continues to follow Catherine McAuley’s vision of compassionate service and affirming the dignity and uniqueness of individuals.


"Mount Mercy has positively changed my life forever. Through the inviting community, I was able to grow as a woman, as a daughter, as a friend, and as a member of society. Throughout my time here I have gained an education in both academic areas and life in general through the school's ongoing efforts to educate students on gender inequality, racial injustice, and environmental crisis'. Furthermore, Mercy has given me the space to gain confidence that 4 years ago I never would have guessed I would have. Mount Mercy has helped me take that initial step toward becoming the strong woman of color I am today. At Mercy you are more than just a student, you are whoever you wish to be."

Melina Courtney

Class of 2022

"My future, success, and the ability to be an empowered woman in society come from Mount Mercy. My school is a strong foundation for my role in life. From attending Mount Mercy, I can say with confidence, that I will graduate with the mindset that I can accomplish anything. Mercy is my home and my sanctuary to be whoever I want. Mount Mercy has been bringing forth generations of strong intellectual women into the world, and I am more than honored to be one of them. Mercy teaches girls more than academics, but also about the world around us. As a mercy community, we give back to the world because it is our home. From my four years at Mercy, I have been educated on pushing for equality and peace and the understanding that there is no limit to what I can do. I have the confidence to go out in the world and make a difference because being a Mercy girl has given me that opportunity. "

Cassidy Reid

Class of 2022

"Mercy is more than just a school. Mercy is my second home and a shoulder to lean on. Mount Mercy has given me the confidence and resources to pursue my passions and make the world a more inclusive place, propelling me to take strides into male-dominated fields. Mercy blessed me with an environment to grow intellectually and in the community, giving me the foundation to make a tangible impact while making lifelong friendships."

Adrianna Awald

Class of 2022

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