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Alumnae Newsletter September 2020

Mercy Reflections

In honor of Hispanic Heritage month we share the following prayer. 

We thank you for the gift of our Hispanic and Latino brothers and sisters. Grant that we continue to be a place with open doors, open hearts, making room for all. Give us generous hearts that we may continue to use our gifts to support one another. Amen.

School News

Mercy Day play via video

The time-honored tradition of the Mercy Day play by seniors will be done by video this year and alumnae will be sent a link on September 24 so they can experience this tradition, too.  Alumnae are also encouraged to post pictures on social media as they gather on this special day. 

Academic Success Center named for Sr. Dee's family 

Over the summer our Academic Success Center was renovated. The new environment houses all the student support service staff including counseling, the ESL Specialist and academic coordinator. Read more. See pictures of the new area. 

Thanks to the generosity of the Heider Family Foundation, we gave our president, Sr. Delores Hannon, a big surprise last week. This space has been named in honor of Sr. Delores and her family: the Hannon Family Academic Success Center. Thank you to the Heider family, the Lozier Foundation, Holland Basham Architects, and Project Advocate for their generous support.

Golf Fest tees up success 

Thank you to the golfers and volunteers who joined us on the course at this year's Driving for Excellence Golf Fest! The event raising nearly $50,000 supports our unique Negotiated Tuition Program, making a Mercy education available to any student who desires it.  144 golfers participated.  Read more here.  

Give the gift of life at blood drive!

On October 3 from 7:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. the blood drive will be held at the Holy Cross School Cafeteria (4837 Woolworth). Visit and enter MercyHolyCross to schedule an appointment OR call the church office at 402.553.7500. 

Alumnae Notes

Class of 1968 shares Mercy Day plans

"Mercy's Class of 1968 cancelled their annual Mercy Day luncheon due to the pandemic but are celebrating in a different manner for Mercy Day 2020.  As a class, they did not want to break their tradition of getting together for Mercy Day that Cilla Connelly Quinn began several years ago.  Participants will choose from the Corporal Works of Mercy to honor Mercy Day and to continue to be Women of Mercy.  They will choose from options to feed the hungry and thirsty by donating to a homeless shelter, food bank, thrift store, church pantry or anonymously to someone they know who needs financial help; by calling or writing sick or elderly members of their family or friends about a memory they share so they know they are not forgotten and are loved and cared for; by praying for the sick and deceased members of the Class of 1968 as well as all graduates and Sisters of Mercy from Mercy High School; and remembering in prayer all those that are unloved, unwanted and unmourned.  In doing these Corporal Works of Mercy, the group is still together as the Class of 1968 on Mercy Day continuing their tradition.  With prayers and best wishes to all graduates of Mercy High School and to the wonderful Sisters of Mercy this Mercy Day 2020 and always."

Submitted by Hughie Thorsen Class of 1968

Nominate someone for an Alumnae Award

Do you know an alumna who embodies the mission of Mercy?   Nominate her to be the next Distinguished Woman of Mercy or Young Woman of Mercy!   Learn more about the awards and nomination process here

Get your Mercy Day tea bag!

There is only a week until Mercy Day! Have you gotten your tea bags yet? Make your $10 donation to send a comfortable cup of tea to your favorite women and men of Mercy! Sign up here. 

Alumnae items for Mercian

We are interested in knowing what is happening in your lives---jobs, travels, celebrations, important events and more.  Submit your item on this form. 

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 children's youth pastor, a vet and more. 

Please Remember

Once a month we will 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 August 19, 2020 to September 16, 2020. 

Mary Lynch Genereux SJ ’43
Anna Lou Urzendowski Micek SM ’49
Kathryn Degan McAndrews SM ’51
Margaret Farrell Nicola SM ’52
Kathryn Frances (Fran) Ryan Kunasek SM ’53
Gloria Trobough Clippinger SM ’54
Virginia (Ginny) Whitney Byrne ’60
Dolores (Dee) White Schmit ’60
Carolanne Callahan ’61
Mary Ann Jacobsen Kelehan ’63
Mary Louise Valentino ’65
Diane Gross Harre ’69

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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.


Mercy High School is on Venmo and we’re accepting donations! Find us at @MercyHighSchoolOmaha to make your annual gift today. 

MX12 Program 

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

Mercy is on Amazon Smile! 

With every purchase, Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Mercy. It's a super easy way to support your favorite high school.  
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