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Sharing Her Mercy Gifts

May 04, 2017
By Deb Daley

During her years at Mercy, performing arts and social justice took a strong hold and led to her current career. Margie Walsh Haik ’88 is the Director of Communications for the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, Kansas City Province. She is also the music director for Theatre at Vis, a ministry of Visitation Catholic Church in Kansas City, Missouri.

Margie took part in almost anything in performing arts while at Mercy. She was in the plays, musicals, and played flute. She also took part in Campus Ministry and was on the Executive Council for that group her senior year. Mercy helped developed her passion in both those disciplines.

PRACTICE HELPS YOU GET BETTER

“From the performing arts, I learned to try new things and realized that it’s only through doing your craft over and over that you get better at it. From Campus Ministry, I came to pay more attention to the structure of the Mass (I worked on the liturgy committee), and also social justice issues,” she said.

Margie earned a degree in Music Education from Loyola University in New Orleans in 1993. She taught music in school for nine years and has taught flute privately for 30 years. She went back to school and earned a certificate in graphic design from the Kansas City Art Institute.

current job allows her to support the Missionaries of Precious Blood’s charism to “stand in the breach”—to work with and on behalf of those who live on the margins of society.

“It is an honor to put my communications skills to work on behalf of the Missionaries through our magazine, website, and other publications,” she said.

Since 1994 she has been involved with Theatre at Vis and for 14 years of those years she has been music director. The group stages productions such as Annie, The Sound of Music, and Beauty and the Beast.

“One of the highlights of my time here was when the students were invited to perform Godspell at the National Catholic Youth Conference,” she said.

She attributes her love of musical theatre to Mercy and to the people there including Kate Janca Adams and Carolyn Jaworski.

“Mercy was the right size for everyone to be involved in the musicals if they want to be—whether on stage or behind the scenes,” Margie added.

Quite a journey, for someone who remembers her 8th grade Open House and the Mercy Girls “falling” out of the front doors to welcome junior high girls.

She is glad that Mercy is active in social media because it helps her keep in touch with alumnae and the school.

“ I encourage graduates to keep up with their connections made at Mercy, be aware of events, support the school and travel back when you get a chance,” she said.

Like other Mercy Women, Margie is sharing of her gifts of faith, knowledge, and service in a way that can have impact on the world.