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Alumnae Newsletter February 2021

Mercy Reflections

A Prayer to Ease Anxiety
O God, during these days of our Lenten season, uncertainty, anxiety and fear threaten to overtake our lives. In the spirit of Catherine McAuley’s own plea, we pray “Take from my heart all painful anxiety.”  
May our Lenten discipline now include “fasting” from over-anxious thoughts and paralyzing fears. May our faith deepen so that we may more confidently entrust our loved ones and ourselves to your care.  
Continue to calm our minds and strengthen our hearts that we may respond with love rather than react with fear;  that we may deepen our compassionate connection with those who are most suffering and those who are most vulnerable.
May your holy presence shelter us all and transform us so that we may be instruments of your peace and healing for those entrusted to our immediate care.  
— Sister Deborah Troillett —

FIESTA this Saturday

Be part of the celebration and our biggest fundraiser.  Bid on auction items, buy a raffle ticket, watch the event live by going to the FIESTA page and clicking on the live stream and promote the event to family and friends on social media.  

School News

Treblemakers have success

The Treblemakers had a great Valentine's weekend!  They took first place in the Division 1 Category at the NW Missouri State Festival. Then they also placed second runner-up at the DeKalb Show Choir Festival.

Swoboda Sets Records

Congratulations to Grace Swoboda for taking 1st place in the 100 Butterfly and 100 Breaststroke at the River Cities Conference swim meet this past weekend. Grace set a new team record for the 100m breaststroke. 

Spring musical cast named

Mercy High School has announced the cast list for its spring musical,“The World Goes ‘Round.“ The play is a revue featuring songs from across the career of John Kander and Fred Ebb, who wrote and composed for such musicals as “Chicago—the High School Edition” which we were producing last spring until it was cancelled due to COVID-19.  Dates for the production are April 16-18. 

Mercy receives diversity award

Mercy High School  has earned the College Board AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science Principles. Schools honored with the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award have expanded girls’ access in AP Computer Science courses. 

Recruitment Activities 

Shadowing now available

We are excited to announce that we are allowing 7th & 8th graders to shadow at Mercy again. Shadows will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis with priority given to 8th grade students who were not able to shadow previously at Mercy. Make sure to tell your family and friends about this opportunity.  Schedule your visit today. 

Alumnae Notes

Alumnae items for Mercian

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Alumnae Features

We feature interesting stories of Women of Mercy and the impact they have on the world.  Read about an alumna who is a Sister of Mercy and her journey to becoming a Woman of Mercy or a graduate who is a long-time teacher.  

Please Remember

When we publish our alumnae newsletter, we post names of Mercy graduates who have passed away.  This list is compiled from official notifications and will only include Women of Mercy.  If you have a loved one who passed away, please contact Naomi Chambers, Database Coordinator, at  or call her at 402.553.9424. 

Obituaries from November 19, 2020 to February 17,2021 

Elizabeth R. Bauer SM ’36
Josephine Gibilisco Gaeta SJ ’39
Mary Stice McAndrews SJ ’41
Janice McFarland Cleary SM ’42
Catherine Frost Groth SJ ’43
Kathleen Mullaly Abel SJ ’46
Gloria Buglewicz Hill SJ ’46
Shirley Seewald Coniglio SJ ’52
Mary Hanlon Tigges SM ’52
Vinette Southwick Tenopir SJ ’53
Elizabeth (Betty) Antczak Roehrenbeck ’56
Rosalie Von Tersch Allison ’57
Kathryn (Kay) Miller Baye ’57
Andrea McGuire Curran ’58
Virginia Wolfe Heng ’58
Virginia Schab Urzendowski ’60
Constance (Connie) Monico Earnest ’62
Karen Vogt Fakata ’63
Sylvia Meyer Fiala ’63
Sharon O'Hare Schrock ’65
Victoria Torrez Manis ’69
Mary Mauro Mitchell ’69
Sharon A. Holewinski ’70
Elizabeth (Liz) Marasco ’77
Nancy Jaeckel McDonald ’83

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Supporting Mercy High School

COVID-19 Support COVID-19 impacted many Mercy families. Support our unique Negotiated Tuition Program to help us keep a Mercy education accessible. Give here.  You can also contact Nate Driml, Vice President for Advancement, at 402.553.9424 or

Gifts From Your Will or Trust: Planned Giving Form

Remembering Mercy High School in your estate plan means that we can continue promising students of all backgrounds a fulfilling education and solid preparation for a changing world.  Click here to let us know if you have already included Mercy High School in your estate plan, OR if you would like more information about making a bequest and creating your legacy.

MX12 Program 

Consider donating on a monthly basis by joining Mercy’s MX-12 program.  

Mercy is on Amazon Smile! 

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