Not Four Years, For Life
Mercy High School has a long-lasting impact on each girl that sets foot through the door their freshman year. That influence does not end after four years; Mercy makes an impression over the span of a lifetime. One alumna, Maureen Becka Falcon ’85, is living proof of that impact as her entire life keeps pointing back to Mercy.
Maureen graduated from St. Margaret Mary Grade school, and was influenced to go to Mercy by her friends’ whose older sisters went to Mercy. After attending several functions with them, she knew it was where she wanted to be. She became a Mercy girl, and she never looked back.
“I loved my high school years,” Falcon said. She was involved in a variety of activities from debate, recruitment team, campus ministry, to class plays/school productions and various clubs. She was Outstanding Sophomore and one of the Prom Announcement directors.
“I still stay in touch with many of my classmates, and Mercy girls are some of my best friends,” Falcon said.
After high school, Falcon attended Briar Cliff College (now University) for two years and then transferred to the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Advertising. Following college, she moved to Kansas City where she sold advertisements for the Kansas City Star for five years. Next, she worked for Vance Publishing before moving back to Omaha in 1996. In Omaha, Falcon worked as a district marketing manager for Sodexo Dining Services at Creighton University for five years.
However, even after all of this, Falcon still managed to make her way back home to Mercy. From 2003-2014, she was the Communications Manager for Mercy High School. In 2014, she began working for the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community as a Communications Manager, a position she currently holds.
Falcon said that her life as a Mercy student and employee has undoubtedly influenced her life working for the Sisters. She now works with and for the women who she looked up to as a student.
“I admired the work of the Sisters of Mercy when I was a student and a Mercy High employee, but that admiration has grown tenfold,” she said. “I am so blessed to get to serve the Sisters. Their stories are inspiring,” she said.
Falcon said that working with five Sisters in her office together with her co-workers makes her days full and happy.
In addition to her volunteer work with Mercy High School, she is also active with Mercy Focus on Haiti (MFOH). This ministry of the Sisters of Mercy helps the women of Gros Morne, Haiti, make better lives for themselves and their children. She shares the story of MFOH through email, Facebook, and their website (mercyfocusonhaiti.org). She hopes to get to go to Haiti herself someday.
Falcon still returns to Mercy High School often. She is on the Alumnae Council, a member of the MX12 program (the monthly giving program), and attends numerous events, one of her favorites being FIESTA, which she has attended for more than 20 years. She believes it is important for all alumnae to help make it possible for more girls to get a Mercy education.
“I love that Mercy accepts young women of all backgrounds and gets them ready for college,” Falcon said. “Witnessing that when I was an employee was one of the many things I loved!”
She has come a long way since walking through the doors of Mercy High School, but her commitment to the Mercy mission and values continues today. It all began with her Mercy education.
“A Mercy education will be with you your entire life,” she said. And it shows.