December 2013

May the celebration of the Birth of Christ fill your life with a spirit of wonder and love this Christmas and throughout the year.

Best wishes from the Mercy Alumnae Office!

Make a Difference Day Video

To warm your heart this season of giving, watch this great video montage of how Mercy girls gave back during the school-wide Make a Difference Day service initiative.

70th Anniversary Celebration and Grand Reunion

Mercy High School is looking ahead to 2015, when we will celebrate our 70th anniversary of providing young women a Catholic education based on holistic learning and academic excellence. Plans are underway for a memorable weekend of remembering and reconnecting.
During the weekend of September 25-27, 2015, we will welcome all alumnae back to campus. Mark your calendar and watch for more details in the coming months.
If you would like to help locate lost classmates, call classmates to increase attendance, or plan a class-centered event, please contact the Alumnae Office at or 248-476-3270.

Class Reunions

Attention Classes of 2009, 2004, 1999, 1994, 1989, 1984, 1979, 1974, 1969, 1964, 1959, 1954, and 1949! 2014 is a reunion year for you! 1974 and 2004 reunions are in the works. How about the rest of you? Contact the Alumnae Office and let the planning fun begin: or 248-476-3270.

Bunco is Just Around the Corner!

Who can resist a casual Ladies Night Out? If you can throw dice, you know how to play Bunco. Join us even if youxve never played the game. Wexll teach you in no time. Friday, January 24 from 7:00 – 9:00pm in Mercyxs cafeteria. Pizza and snacks ~ Drinks (wine, beer, pop & coffee) ~ Prizes ~ Chances to win. $15 per person. Proceeds support tuition assistance. Register online today.

Fall Issue of MOSAIC

The fall MOSAIC has been mailed, so let us know if you did not receive your copy. Be sure to look inside for a heartwarming letter from Alumnae Board President Joanne Albert Walle ’77. Then, come home to Mercy!

Tea for Tuition

Mark your calendar. Tea for Tuition will be held on Sunday, April 13, 2014. Itxs the eventxs 10th anniversary, and we plan to celebrate! Help us make this event a stellar one – consider volunteering your time to our planning team over the next few months. Contact Margaret Haapala Kurpiers x85, Director of Alumnae Relations, at or 248-476-3270. Look for more details in the new year about hosting a table and donating gifts for our silent auction.
If you are an alumna who benefited from tuition assistance and would like to provide a comment that Mercy may use in our publications or on our website, please email your comment to Thank you so much.

Youth Mercy Associates

The blessing of unity still dwells amongst us and oh what a blessing, it should make all else pass into nothing. This is the spirit of the Order, indeed the true spirit of Mercy flowing on us. ~ Catherine McAuley
The Youth Mercy Associate program was originally formed in England in March of 2000 by Sr. Teresa McCarthy, RSM and Sr. Patricia Bell, RSM. In December of 2012, Pastoral Minister and Mercy Associate Judi Griggs-Dennis introduced the program in the U.S. and the Mercy Charter Chapter began work shortly thereafter. During Foundation Day Mass, 17 Mercy girls made their commitment as Charter Members of the Youth Mercy Associates of the Americas.

Open House

Mercy hosted over 200 families at our fall Open House. Families discovered what makes the Mercy tradition special. Many thanks to the alumnae volunteers who helped make the day a success. Our next Open House is Sunday, January 26. Please spread the word to prospective students.

Auction 2014

Mercyxs Annual Auction – Saturday, February 22
While gathering with family this Christmas, let your mom know about the Mothers of Mercy Alumnae Gift Gathering Party. Thursday, January 9 from 5:00 to 9:00pm in Dearborn. This evening is an opportunity for moms whose daughter or daughters graduated from Mercy to reconnect with other former Mercy moms!

There are also gift gathering parties in Plymouth and Grosse Pointe. Alumnae are most welcome.

Advertising opportunities are available for alumnae businesses! Contracts can be found here and ads are due by January 15th.

Remember, if you receive a Christmas gift that is great but not great for you, re-gift it to the auction. Have extra baskets from holiday gifts? Repurpose them by donating them to the auction. All auction donations will be accepted at the reception desk during school hours. Click here for all things AUCTION.

Alumnae Visit Mercy

Guests at the Annual Fund Kickoff Breakfast were privileged to hear from René Bouque x51 (Sister of Mercy and former Mercy teacher), Alexis Harrison Dishman x96 (Vice President and Alternate Group Manager with Comerica Bank ) and Elizabeth Garlow x03 (Executive Director of Michigan Corps). Each alumna had a poignant message about her Mercy experience, and each touched on the common theme of the Mercy spirit of community that all alumnae know so well. The breakfast raised nearly $100,000.

Emily Shimskey '11, a student at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, visited Ms. Abby Youngermanxs sophomore British Literature class. She provided the girls a stage combat lesson to kick off Romeo and Juliet.

The James sisters, Jane '99, Julie '00, Caitlin '02, Jenny '05 and Jessie '04 shared their insights (e.g., start meetings with a gratitude circle) with Mrs. Lorrie Kusch's Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Media class. The sisters co-created Drought, a Detroit-area organic, cold-pressed, raw juice company which is currently expanding with a branch at Eastern Market and a new kitchen in Ferndale.

Alumnae Spotlights

Lynn Gayney Pheney x61 was honored as a distinguished volunteer at an event hosted by The Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Detroit Chapter. Read more.

Lynn Babington, PhD, RN x73, professor and dean of Fairfield University's School of Nursing, was named a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow. See press release.

Mary Malaney x08 performed December 6th in Conversations with Mary: A Cabaret at The Duplex in New York City.

Logan Horejsi x13, a Kalamazoo College freshman volleyball player, was named to the All-MIAA Second Team. Check it out!

2014 Christmas Card Design Contest

'Tis the season to design! We are looking for a captivating Mercy holiday image to grace the cover of next yearxs Christmas card to Mercy supporters. It can be a painting, drawing, photograph, digital graphic creation, whatever you think embraces the spirit of Mercy and the spirit of Christmas.

The winning artistxs piece will be featured on the 2014 Christmas card along with recognition and a $250 gift. All entries can be dropped off at the Advancement Office or electronic files can be sent to Submissions must be received by February 13, 2014.

A Time of Giving - Your Annual Fund Gift

Will you consider a gift to Mercy High School?

The Annual Fund helps provide tuition assistance as well as support for operating and program budgets. It plays a key role in keeping Mercy High School the premier all-girl high school in Michigan, offering a Catholic education that is second to none.

Visit our secure online giving site or send your check to Mercy before the end of the 2013 tax year. Your generosity allows us to continue to offer The Gift of a Mercy Education to nearly 850 current students and to generations of young women to come. Send your gift today.

Alumnae Association Mission - To bring together Mercy students, past and present, while striving to:

  • Support and affirm the mission of Mercy High School including its values of human dignity, mercy, justice, service, and option for the poor
  • Participate in ongoing advancement efforts which provide financial support to Mercy High School
  • Support the challenges of preparing young women for critical roles in contemporary society
  • Recognize the achievements of Mercy students, past and present
  • Create settings for the exchange of ideas and information among past and present Mercy students

Mercy High School Mission

Mercy High School, a Catholic college preparatory school for young women, fosters spiritual, intellectual, moral, physical and cultural development. Enriched by students from diverse backgrounds, Mercy nurtures compassionate leaders committed to addressing human needs, working for justice, and serving the poor.
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