Mercy schools from all across the world came together to collaborate on Mercy’s core values and honor the community of the schools at the MSEC conference from October 12-14. Ms. McCoy collaborated with 9 other members on the Mercy education conference planning committee starting as early as a year ago to begin setting up the theme and focus of the conference. The main purpose of the conference was to effectively express the focus of “Who is my neighbor?” which described the importance of reaching out and helping people throughout the world.
The event was led by chair committees of decorations, registration, and prayer service and mass, which were all headed and delegated out by Ms. McCoy. Faculty members were in charge of setting up the social after mass, putting together music, running tours, planning optional night outs and putting together swag bags (which will be sold in the Spirit wear store) as well. Apart from the faculty, the students also made sure to assist the event, with nearly 25% of the student body participating in some way throughout the conference.
The conference started off when schools came to Embassy suites around 5 p.m. on Thursday where they checked in and got ready for the first of the conference’s events. Friday consisted of breakfast and registration followed by a welcome address from keynote speaker Sister Deirdre Mullan where she entailed this year’s theme. They then followed with door prizes and later started the first of the 4 learning sessions that continued throughout the entire weekend which spoke about what the schools are doing to further their missions while also providing the history of their establishments.
Members from all 40 Mercy schools traveled from all over to the event, adding up to a total of 175 people. Places they journeyed from were Argentina, the Honduras, Guam, the Philippines, Belize, Jamaica, and several places throughout the United States. No matter how near and far the Mercy members traveled though, it was definitely well worth the opportunity to unify all of the Mercy schools. Mrs. Klein commented on the event, saying “This event really brought the whole staff together, we were so proud… Everyone was very pro-Mercy this week.” This year’s conference was a tremendous success thanks to the overachievers at our very own school and everyone who came out to help!