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Welcome Day Prayer Service 2019

To start out our Mercy High School Welcome Day of fun we had a prayer service. We gathered in the Chapel so we could center ourselves on God. 

A quote by Pope Francis went along with our very special welcoming day.

Katie Geist, senior, spoke to the student body about her experience visiting Cathrine McAuley’s house on Baggot Street in Dublin, Ireland. She expressed her love for Mercy, telling us about how she met Mercy girls and a few boys all over the world when traveling to The Mercy International Centre.

Geist addresses Mercy girls

The reason she felt so at home is because she connected with all the people of Mercy. Katie reflected about how Mercy was home to her mom and when she became a freshman she felt welcomed by the Mercy community. 

Madeline Riesberg, also a senior, talked about her trip to Philadelphia for a Leadership Mercy Conference  to learn about the new mission of the year. While she was there she meet lots of Mercy girls from around the United States and Ireland. She too expressed her love for Mercy.

All of the girls who went on the trip to Philadelphia, Emma Elsasser, Rachel Grigsby, Carolyn Klein, and Madeline Riesberg, received a special Mercy pin that represents being a Woman of Mercy.

During the prayer service we watched a short movie about Catherine McAuley’s life. It is a beautiful film that taught the freshmen more about our founders and our Mercy history. It showed how the Sisters of Mercy were founded in the mid 1800’s. Thanks to Catherine McAuley, all Mercy girls around the world are growing into Women of Mercy.

Sabrina DeGeorge
Senior at Mercy on OO core team and Chief Editor for Tea Time.
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