We at Mercy High School recognize our donors through the following programs:
The Mercy Legacy Society honors those who have remembered Mercy High School in their estate plans through wills, life insurance, charitable gift annuities, or other planned gifts. If you have made a will and have included Mercy High School, please notify the advancement office so that we may enter your name in our Mercy Legacy Society. If you would like to learn more about including Mercy in your estate plans, please contact Jim Pogge, vice president for advancement, at (402) 553-9424.
The Callaghan Society
Lifetime Giving of $1 million+
William and Catherine Callaghan were an older, childless couple who befriended Catherine McAuley in her time of need. Quaker in their beliefs, the Callaghans tolerated, but did not endorse, Catherine’s Catholicism. As their health failed, each was a deathbed convert to the Catholic faith, thanks to the loving influence of Catherine McAuley. Their admiration of, and belief in, Catherine’s commitment to the spiritual and corporal works of Mercy in caring for the poor, sick, and uneducated inspired them to bequeath to her their personal fortune. It is this fortune that became the primary funding source for the foundation of the Sisters of Mercy.
The Anna Maria Doyle Society
Lifetime Giving of $500,000 or more
Anna Marie Doyle, called in religion Sister Mary Anne, was Catherine Elizabeth McAuley’s first disciple at the House of Mercy. She, along with Elizabeth Harley, accompanied Catherine to George’s Hill and the Sisters of the Presentation for novitiate training to become a religious sister; later, Doyle would be the first Superior of the Baggot Street House of Mercy. Anna Marie, offspring of a cultured and artistic Dublin family and the aunt to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle of Sherlock Holmes fame, brought gifts of intelligence, perseverance and sound management to the fledging religious order. Anna Marie Doyle was instrumental in the spread of the Sisters of Mercy throughout Ireland.
The Frances Warde Society
Lifetime Giving of $100,000 or more
Frances Warde, inspired by the same religious zeal and mission as Catherine, joined the women of Baggot Street in 1828 at the age of 17. Her dedication and adventurous spirit fostered the establishment of numerous convents throughout Ireland. It was Frances who led the Sisters of Mercy to the United States in 1843. At the request of Bishop Michael O’Connor, the first Mercy convent was established in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Among her foundations is the Manchester New Hampshire Foundation, from which the Omaha Sisters of Mercy emerged in 1864, to become the first religious to serve the Catholic Church in Nebraska Territory.
The Works of Mercy Society
Lifetime Giving of $50,000 or more
The Works of Mercy, Corporal and Spiritual, are the embodiment of Catholicism. “As long as you did it to one of these, the least of by brethren, you did to Me.” Jesus is very direct in His teaching: in serving others, we serve Him. When one’s charity enables others to perform the works of the Gospel, blessings are multiplied – Christ is All in All.
The Spirit of Mercy Society
Lifetime Giving of $10,000 or more
The Spirit gives Life, and the spirit of Mercy gives Mercy Life. The sacrifices of the many facilitate the work of the few, enabling the fulfillment of Catherine’s dream that every young woman have the opportunity to learn about her God and the Gospel, about making a living, about serving others, and about becoming all God intended her to be. The mission began in Dublin so many years ago is the same today: The Careful Instruction of Women, those who give in the Spirit of Mercy, give Mercy Life.