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Sisters in Our Lives

In the life of a Mercy girl, the Sisters of Mercy have a large impact and are a living example of what it means to be Women of Mercy. Both tracing our roots back to Catherine McAuley, an instant bond is created when a Sister of Mercy catches the glimpse of Mercy plaid. Mercy High School was carefully designed by the Sisters in 1955 to make education possible for young girls. The close relationship is still very evident throughout the community of Mercy. Sister Jeanne O’Rourke, one of our own, welcomes students into her office for tea time and cookies. It gives them the chance to divert from the hustle and bustle of the school day. Do you really go to Mercy High School if you’ve never had a comfortable cup of tea with Sister Jeanne?

The Sisters of Mercy peacefully protesting for justice.

The Sisters of Mercy, a worldwide religious congregation, are a group of women working to fulfill God’s vocation. On December 12, 1831, the Sisters of Mercy were founded in Dublin, Ireland. Today, they are women of faith that serve, advocate, and pray for those in need. The Sisters address and focus on 5 critical concerns; earth, immigration, nonviolence, racism, and women. They promote systemic change in communities to get to the root of these critical concerns. Every junior has the ability to be a part of the mentoring program. The Sisters of Mercy volunteer their time to talk about the critical concerns and educate each girl about the importance of the immediate change that needs to be made.

Mercy Villa is a community for retired Omaha Sisters of Mercy to reside. Being a former volunteer, I know that the Villa has wonderful staff and an uplifting, God-centered living environment. Often volunteering on Tuesday and Thursday nights, Mercy girls enjoy a night of Scrabble, puzzles, and Yahtzee, a favorite among the Sisters. Each Sister is willing to share stories and personally get to know the volunteers.

The Sisters playing Yahtzee.

Mercy schools, geographically and culturally diverse, share a common heritage and mission. World wide, located in twenty states, one territory, and five countries, Mercy schools work diligently to provide a faith-filled, academic, and personal growth of each young woman. There is a unique relationship between Mercy girls and the Sisters of Mercy. The Mercy mission undoubtedly comes to life in the whole community.

Emily Bragg
Mercy High School senior on dance team that loves coffee and New Girl.
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