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Prayer for the Beatification of Catherine McAuley

Loving God, you chose Catherine McAuley for the service of your people who are poor, sick and uneducated. You inspired her to found the Sisters of Mercy that these good works might endure. Give to each of us a portion of her compassionate spirit and ardent desire to serve your suffering people.

Bless all our undertakings and grant that union and charity may always thrive among us. Graciously hear our prayer for Catherine, and by granting the favors we ask through her intercession, hasten the day when her sanctity will be celebrated by all the church. Amen.

School Updates

We celebrated May Crowning on Monday, May 10, with a ceremony during the school day. Watch it here. Members of this year's May Court who were chosen because exemplify the grace and faith of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, in their day-to-day lives as students, friends, daughters, sisters and teammates. 
Congratulations to this year's May Court, pictured right:

  • May Queen - Anou Akot  
  • Senior Court - Cecilia Martinez & Kelliaine Villalva
  • Junior Court - Willavena Tokporo & Ellen Veys
  • Sophomore Court - Sherlyn Alvarez-Hurtado & Elizabeth Geist  
  • Freshmen Court - Kaylee Epp & Landry Lehan


During May Crowning, we also announced this year's Outstanding Seniors: Anou Akot & Carolyn Klein. This is Mercy’s highest student honor bestowed upon two seniors who exemplify faith, knowledge and service in their day-to-day activities. Voted on by the faculty, staff, and senior class, the Outstanding Seniors demonstrate strong leadership skills, a dedication to academic excellence, service to others, and Christian ideals. 

Our Varsity Soccer Team defeated Elkhorn North 3-2 in the District Championship on May 8, 2021, to advance to State competition. The first round game will be on Friday, May 14, at 1:00 p.m. at Creighton's Morrison Stadium. Tickets can be purchased here.

The Juniors and Seniors enjoyed an in-person Prom on April 24. Mary Mitzlaff was named Prom Queen, and her princesses were Melany Davis and Willa Tokporo (pictured right).

On Tuesday, May 11, we hosted Honors Convocation to celebrate our students' achievements and scholarships. You can see the full listing of the award winners here.

April 30 was College Signing Day. Throughout the day, members of the Class of 2021 took pictures and enjoyed treats in the Media Center to celebrate their next steps after Mercy. Of the 79 members of the graduating class, 95% of them are continuing their educations. Sixty-nine percent of the senior class was awarded scholarships, totaling $9.67 million as of May 13. To see where the Class of 2021 is going next, click here.

Mercy Seniors Rena Lee, McKenzie Moore, Marissa Vargas and Elizabeth Walsh have been named Goodrich Scholars at the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO). Senior Molly Vankat has been named an alternate. The nationally recognized and award-winning Goodrich Scholarship Program offers tuition, a special curriculum and support services to its scholars. 

Junior Abby Wessling scored a perfect 36 on her ACT.

Alumnae Updates

Celebrate Joy of Giving with us on May 19, 2021! This 24-hour day of giving is to unite us all in support of the organizations that have always given to us: our parishes, schools, Catholic ministries and organizations.

The date of the 2021 All-School Reunion has been moved to September 26, 2021. Our annual Mass and brunch will celebrate the 50th reunions of the Classes of 1970 and 1971 as well as honor Distinguished Woman of Mercy, Joanne Stewart '72

The Classes of 1970, 1971 and 2001 have reunions planned. For more information about those celebrations or to plan your own class reunion, click here

Laurie Brown States '91 was featured on The Rachael Ray Show for sharing birthday cheer with her students at the Omaha Street School (pictured right). Watch Laurie's interview here.

We are looking for alumnae updates for the summer issue of The Mercian. If you or one of your classmates has gotten married, had a baby, been promoted, received an award or have anything else to celebrate, let us know by updating your information.

The Alumnae Council is looking for new members. This group of dedicated alumnae are the governing body of the Alumnae Association and meet regularly to promote Mercy High School and build relationships in the alumnae community. To learn more, contact Roz Parr '09 at or volunteer here.

In Loving Memory

Please join us in remembering the following alumnae who have passed away. This list is compiled from official notifications and only includes Women of Mercy. If you know of a classmate who has passed away but was not included on this list, please notify our Database Coordinator, Naomi Chambers, at or call her at 402.553.9424

Obituaries from April 1 to May 10, 2021:

Rosemary K. Shanahan SJ ’39
Josephine F. Bauer SM ’41
Merrilleen Larsen Tippery SJ ’42
JoAnn Kirkpatrick Kunasek SM ’49
Theresa Kudlacz Wehr SM ’49
Rita Drowl Herbert SJ ’50
Shirley Carter Andrews SM ’52
Constance (Carm) Gibilisco Durkan SM ’55
Mary Agnes Hazuka Tvrdy SM ’55
Mary Walsh Lipari-Ross ’58
Judie Cisar Bolam ’62
Jean Parmentar Burr ’71
Kathleen M. Guillemyn ’72

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