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The Distinguished Woman of Mercy

The Distinguished Woman of Mercy award is given to an alumna who has graduated 15 or more years ago. See below for details about nomination criteria.

2021 Recipient

Joanne Stewart '72 was named the 2021 Distinguished Woman of Mercy, an award given by the Mercy High School Alumnae Association.

The Young Woman of Mercy

The Young Woman of Mercy award will be given to a young alumna who has graduated between 5 and 15 years ago and is on the path to becoming a Distinguished Woman of Mercy. See below for details about nomination criteria. 


Nomination Criteria

Nominations must be completed by an alumna of Mercy High School, St. John's or St. Mary's. Self-nominations and posthumous nominations will not be accepted. All nominations will be blinded and will be reviewed by a committee made up of alumnae and friends of Mercy.

  • Nominees should excel in one or more of the following areas:
    • Faith: The alumna practices her faith and promotes the Spiritual Works of Mercy (counsel the doubtful, instruct the ignorant, admonish sinners, comfort the afflicted, forgive offenses, bear wrongs patiently, pray for the living and the dead) and inspires others to do the same. 
    • Knowledge: The alumnae constantly improves her knowledge and pursues education, improving the lives of others through her contributions to her profession or area of expertise.
    • Service: The alumna demonstrates the Corporal Works of Mercy (feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, visit the sick, visit the imprisoned, bury the dead), addressing the Critical Concerns of the Sisters of Mercy (earth, immigration, non-violence, racism and women). Through her service, the alumna has made a difference in the lives of others.

If you have any questions about the nomination process, please contact Roz Parr '09 at or 402.553.9424.


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