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Mercy Day Via Video

September 23, 2020
By Deb Daley

Traditions are continuing at Mercy High School although they may have a virtual twist because of COVID-19.  One of the most beloved traditions is Mercy Day, the day which celebrates the life of Catherine McAuley, the founder of the Sisters of Mercy, and the 1827 opening of the House of Mercy in Dublin. This year, September 24, the senior play for the student body depicting Catherine’s life was shared via a taped video with the Mercy community. A highlight of the play was the unveiling of the seniors who portray McAuley. This is considered one of the biggest honors students can receive and is voted on by the senior class. Alumnae from across the country were sent a link to the video so they could celebrate this tradition with others. 

This year’s two Catherine McAuleys were Anou Akot who served as the narrator of the play and Kateri Pantoja who portrayed the younger Catherine dressed in a habit. 

Anou is Senior Class President and is a member of Operation Others and Yearbook Club.  The student athlete has run Cross Country, is a triple jumper in Track & Field and played Basketball all four years. A member of St. Mary’s Church in Bellevue, she also has served as a Student Ambassador for four years. She plans to major in Chemistry and Pre-Med in college. 

“This is a tremendous honor and I take it very seriously.  I cherish every moment I have had with this senior class,” she said.

Kateri has participated in Theatre, Mercy High Singers, Show Choir and Divina Club all four years.  She will play the role of Widder Matilda “Mattie” Sparks in the fall play, “The Wishin’ Tree.”  She is a member of the National Honor Society and St. Columbkille Church.  

“I remember as a freshman watching the Mercy Day play.  Now to be honored to play the role of Catherine is unbelievable and wonderful.  I am truly blessed because I love Mercy.”

 After graduation, she plans to go to college and study Elementary Education. 

A playlist of Mercy videos is available here. 

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