On Saint Patrick’s Day, all of the Mercy girls dressed up in green because of Mercy’s Irish heritage.
The first Mercy institution opened in Dublin, Ireland. St Patrick’s Day is one of the many special days that we celebrate at Mercy as we continually learn about our background.
Since Mercy originated in Ireland, the freshmen get green hats in the beginning of the year which are later used in our Greenie Parade. When we start learning about Mercy’s heritage we are told it is very sacred and special. We are living a special role as Mercy girls and that means learning about Catherine McAuley and her life–how she helped young women become more involved with God and how she still helps us every day.
The Greenie Parade is created by the seniors because they are the freshman big sisters. It is one of the many roles the seniors have to put together to make their Mercy little sisters understand what Mercy is all about and how they can understand Catherine McAuley’s mission.
For Mercy Day this year the class of 2021 theme was, “What would Catherine do?”. We think that Catherine would dress up in green with us and celebrate Mercy’s heritage!