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Grateful for our donors

We had a wonderful morning hosting our annual Donor Appreciation Breakfast at Mother McAuley yesterday. Our scholarship recipients had the opportunity to meet their generous donors and thank them for all they do to support our Mighty Mac community!

What a Celebration!

Thank you for painting the town RED with us! We are blown away by the energy and generosity in the room at Celebration 2024. The funds raised will directly impact our students and families who need that extra support to attend Mother McAuley. Congratulations to our 2024 honorees: Bridget Gainer '86, Nora Gainer '88, Maureen Gainer Reilly '93, Mary Gainer, MD '96, and Sheila Gainer '99, who were presented with the Catherine McAuley Leadership Award; and Sister Marion Johnson, RSM, who was recognized as a Life Trustee.

Parent Clubs to host Comedy Night

Join the Mother McAuley Parents' Clubs for a Comedy Night featuring exciting guests and headliners on Saturday, March 2nd! The night full of laughs helps cover the cost of bus transportation for our seniors and their dates to the Senior Prom!

Get into the Christmas spirit!

Get into the Christmas spirit with the Macs. Admission to all concerts is free with general admission seating!

Alumnae are invited to join us in singing the Hallelujah Chorus during the Choral Concert at 2:00pm!

Thank you to our veterans

Yesterday, our school gathered in Circle Drive for a ceremony in honor of Veteran’s Day. We welcomed back Brigid Barkmeier ‘20, United States Air Force Academy First Degree Cadet, to speak with students about the military academies and participate in the ceremony.

Join us for Celebration 2024

Our annual Celebration Gala will be held on Thursday, February 1 at the University Club of Chicago. This benefit provides tuition assistance to Mother McAuley students. This year, we are honoring Bridget Gainer '86, Nora Gainer '88, Maureen Gainer Reilly '93, Mary Gainer, MD '96 and Sheila Gainer '99 with the distinguished Catherine McAuley Leadership Award, as well as Sr. Marion Johnson, RSM as a Life Trustee.

Five alumnae share advice in panel

We welcomed five alumnae back to McAuley today to speak on a panel about their specialized career field in Nursing. Students heard from a variety of nurses in the women's health and pediatric settings, including a NICU Nurse, Pediatric Nurse, Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Nurse, Nurse Manager of Maternal Fetal Medicine, and our very own Mother McAuley School Nurse.

Show your McAuley pride!

Looking to show off your McAuley pride? Our collection of school spirit wear at MACS LTD. is available to shop online! Orders can be shipped directly to you or picked up in store.

Join us for the Not-So-Haunted House!

This annual spooktacular event hosted by our Clubs and Organizations is geared towards kids ages 2-8. Enjoy games and activities led by our students! 

Wednesday, October 25, 2023
4:00 - 6:00pm
Low-sensory time to accommodate children with special needs from 3:30 - 4:00pm
$3 per child, adults are free
Register today!


Honoring McAuley trailblazers

Last week, we honored two Mother McAuley trailblazers, Sr. Brian Costello, RSM and Sr. Corinne Raven, RSM. Thank you to President Carey Temple Harrington '86 and Sr. Sue Sanders, RSM, PhD '69 for leading the special blessing and dedication of the Sister Brian Costello Learning Resource Center and Corky's Court.

Father's Club holds wreath sale

The Mother McAuley Father's Club is hosting a wreath sale as part of their holiday fundraiser! Head to our website to place your order today.

Little School students have visit from alumnae

Little School students had the opportunity to learn more about fine motor development and pediatric occupational therapy from alumnae Lauren McDonnell Fasan '04 and Cassidy Patton Newman '05 of Snap Fine Motor. Thank you for speaking with our senior students!

World Teacher's Day Highlight: Mrs. Mary Ellen Carroll Clifford '84

On this World Teacher's Day, we are excited to highlight Mrs. Mary Ellen Carroll Clifford '84, who was featured on The Steve Cochran Show this week! Mary Ellen is a beloved science teacher and cross country coach, and she's also a mother to FOUR McAuley alumnae. We're celebrating her today because Mary Ellen and her four daughters are running the Chicago Marathon together this Sunday!

You Rose to the Challenge for Mercy Day of Giving!

Mercy Day of Giving was a MIGHTY big success! We exceeded our goals, raising more than $153,00 from 724 donors - and counting! - and unlocked every challenge prize!

Thank you to our Mighty Mac community! You truly ROSE TO THE CHALLENGE, and we are blessed beyond measure. Your generosity and support provides a lifetime advantage for current students and for generations to come.

It's not too late to give back

Congratulations to Suzy Curran Sullivan '92, the winner of the McAuley Swag Bag raffle!

Rise to the Challenge for Mercy Day of Giving

We know McAuley women are unafraid to face challenges head on. They lead with conviction. They advocate for others with compassion. They set weighty goals and exceed their own expectations.

This Mercy Day of Giving, September 22, we are asking our alumnae, family and friends to Rise to the Challenge and help us reach our goal of raising $150,000 from 600+ donors for Mother McAuley.

This day of giving has a far-reaching impact as we continue our commitment to invest in our students.

It's not too early to support McAuley!
Learn more and donate today!

Join us for Shopapalooza!

The Mother's Club will host their annual Shopapalooza vendor fair on Saturday, November 4 from 10:00am - 3:00pm at Mother McAuley. Admission is $5. Enjoy crafters, vendors, raffles and food trucks!

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Thank you for "Playing it Forward"

Huge thanks to everyone who joined us at the Fore the Macs: Playing It Forward Golf Outing yesterday. We had an incredible time teeing up our Macs for success with all of you!

Good luck to the class of 2023!

Good luck to the Mother McAuley Class of 2023 as they begin their next chapter as college students!

As you settle into your new homes on campus, we want to share an article by a fellow McAuley Alumna, Erin Sullivan '19. Erin is a reporter for KentWired, a student media outlet at Kent State University, where she just published an article with timely advice for college freshman as they step foot on their new college campuses.

Read Erin's article

Thank you to outgoing Board Chair

Thank you to Carol Martinelli Bartucci '81 for her dedication and passion for Mother McAuley through her service as a member of our Board of Trustees for the past six years, serving as board chair for the previous two years. Carol's unwavering commitment to our school community is truly noteworthy.

We are MIGHTY proud of you, Carol, and wish you nothing but the best!

Purchase a Golf Raffle Ticket!

Support the Macs by purchasing a Golf Raffle ticket today! We have EIGHT beautiful golf course prizes waiting for their lucky winners to be chosen! Eight winners will receive an 18-hole threesome (with member) or foursome at one of these prestigious golf clubs.

Purchase a Golf Raffle Ticket

Alumnae Spotlight: Anne Bigane Wilson '76

Anne Bigane Wilson '76 is the President of Bigane Paving Co. who paved the main straightaway on Columbus Drive and Pit Row for this weekend's Nascar Chicago Street Race! This race will be the first ever street race contested in the NASCAR Cup Series. We are MIGHTY proud to see Mighty Macs paving the way for this exciting event!

Congratulations Anne and Bigane Paving Co.!

Join us for a Mac-tail Hour this summer!

Please join us for our Happy Hours this summer!  Connect with fellow Mighty Macs and enjoy your first drink complimentary of Mother McAuley. We hope to see you there!

Join us for McAuley White Sox Night

The Mother McAuley Fathers' Club and Alumnae Office invite you to join us for McAuley White Sox Night on Friday, June 2, 2023! The Chicago White Sox take on the Detroit Tigers in a 7:10pm game. Tickets are $40 per person, and the first 500 tickets sold will receive a complimentary hat!

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Soccer team assists Special Olympics

Our soccer team continues to have an amazing season on and off the field. Mighty Macs recently helped out at a Special Olympics event in Villa Park. They helped athletes work on their soccer skills and assisted the Special Olympics team in conducting a fun and empowering day!

Q & A with alumna Sparkle Whitaker ‘18

This Black History Month, our Black Student Union and Alumnae Office partnered to create a Q&A series connecting students with notable Black alumnae. Our final interview is with Sparkle Whitaker ‘18!

Sparkle graduated from Mother McAuley in 2018 and continued on to Washington University in St. Louis. Sparkle currently works as a Business Technology Analyst for Deloitte and she is the founder and driving force behind two game-changing initiatives, "The Onyx Incubator" and "The Onyx Label."

Sparkle is a highly motivated and visionary interdisciplinary designer, using her skills in fashion design and creative writing to address societal issues and bring about meaningful change. She has been recognized for her dedication and impact in local news and other awards.

Q & A with alumna Jessica Jones '09

This Black History Month, our Black Student Union and Alumnae Office partnered to create a Q&A series connecting students with notable Black alumnae. Next up is Jessica Jones ‘09!

Jessica Jones graduated from Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School in 2009. After McAuley, she attended the University of Notre Dame, graduating in 2013 with her Bachelor of Arts and her Masters in Education in 2015. She is currently working as a Senior Educator in the Education Department at the Museum of Science and Industry. In this role, Jessica provides professional development experiences for teachers and administrators throughout the Chicagoland area. She also works as adjunct faculty for the University of Notre Dame, Alliance for Catholic Education, teaching and mentoring aspiring and new classroom teachers.

2023 McAuley Hall Inductees - Join us in Celebration!

Join us as we celebrate the induction of the newest members of McAuley’s Hall of Honor: Kate Shannon Boyle ‘82, Maya-Camille Broussard ‘97, Mary Kean Coffey ‘63 (posthumously), Marti Jatis ‘91, M. Bridget Reidy ‘80, and Ellen Napleton Roche ’68.

The McAuley Hall Mass and Induction will be taking place on Sunday, March 26, 2023 at 10:00am with a Champagne Brunch to follow!

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Q & A with alumna Karen Spears '13

This Black History Month, our Black Student Union and Alumnae Office partnered to create a Q&A series connecting students with notable Black alumnae. Next up is Karen Spears ‘13

Karen Spears is a lettering artist, creative director, and founder of Kareracter Creative Studio, a creative firm specializing in hand-lettering and graphic design. In 2018, she was named Emerging Designer by the Professional Association of Design in Chicago, IL. Soho House recognized her as one of Chicago's Rising Stars in 2021, and more recently, she has been featured on WGN, WGN Radio, NBC, Fox, and WTTW.

Q & A with alumna Nikki Jennings '88

This Black History Month, our Black Student Union and Alumnae Office partnered to create a Q&A series connecting students with notable Black alumnae. First up is Nikki Jennings ‘88!

Nikki is a leader in the Entertainment and Marketing industry and has a passion for marketing, live events, branding, consumer engagement, TV event production logistics, project and talent management. She is committed and has a strong desire to help aspiring young adults seeking a career in the marketing and entertainment industry, and we are so grateful for the wisdom she shared with our Mighty Macs!

Alumnae Panel Series

This year we are especially grateful for our amazing alumnae who are role models for our students! Our College Counseling Department in partnership with the Alumnae Relations Department have created a new panel series for students to prepare them for their future careers. Each session is dedicated to a professional field and offers students an open forum to ask questions related to the career path.

Join us for our Christmas Concerts!

Join us for our Christmas performances this season! Admission to all concerts are free with general admission seating. Get into the Christmas spirit with the Macs!

All alumnae are invited to come back and sing the Hallelujah Chorus at the Choral Concert.

Mother's Club Graduation & Prom Dress Resale

The Mother's Club will host their annual Graduation and Prom Dress Resale on Saturday, January 28, 2023. Anyone interested in selling or donating their dress, you may drop it off at Mother McAuley on Saturday, January 21.

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Bringing the IHSA 4A Volleyball State Championship trophy home to MacNation!

Mother McAuley hosted a recognition rally to celebrate the team's accomplishments this season. Escorted by members of the Chicago Police Department and Chicago Fire Department, the state champions marched across campus and onto the newly installed athletic turf field, where the student body, teachers, administrators, parents, and community members cheered and offered their congratulations.

Alumnae share insights on careers in nursing

On Tuesday, October 18, we welcomed six alumnae to present to students about their specialized career field in Nursing. Students heard from a Cardiac Perfusionist, Infusion Nurse, Nursing Professor, Postpartum Nurse, NICU Nurse, and Hematology/Oncology Nurse. Alumnae explained their educational/college pathway, daily job responsibilities, the positive and negative parts of their job, and how McAuley has prepared them for college and the real world. 

Alumnae - show your Mighty Mac spirit!

It's finally here... The McAuley Alumnae Pop-Up Shop! Show off your McAuley pride by shopping today. The store will be open now through November 17, 2022, and all items will be delivered in time for Christmas!

Shop now!

Celebrate Halloween with spooky fun!

Join us for our annual spooktacular event on Wednesday, October 26 from 4:00 - 6:00pm. This event is recommended for ages 2-8. Costumes are encouraged! 

Low-sensory time to accommodate children with special needs will be held from 3:30 - 4:00pm. 

$3 per child, adults are free. 

Learn more & Purchase Tickets!

Save the date for Mercy Day of Giving!

Mother McAuley's annual 24-hour giving day, Mercy Day of Giving, will begin at noon on September 23 and run through noon on September 24! Join me in supporting McAuley and ensuring the lifetime advantage of a McAuley education is available for generations of young women to come.

Support Mother McAuley Today!

"Tee"-ing our Students up for Success

We had a MIGHTY day out on the golf course for our annual Fore the Macs: Playing it Forward Golf Outing on Thursday, August 25, 2022. Thank you to everyone who joined us for Tee-ing our students up for success. Rain or shine, our Mighty Mac community never fails to support our Macs!

Participate in our annual Vendor Fair!

Attention Crafters/Vendors & Food Trucks! There are spots available for our upcoming Shopapalooza event on Saturday, November 5, hosted by the Mother's Club. Space is limited and booths are available on a first come first serve basis.

Headshot of a smiling woman, Betsy Ross Ready '94, with a blurred background

Every year at the Fore the Macs: Playing it Forward Golf Outing, we honor an alum with the Caring Heart Award in honor of Caroline Griffin '12.

This year’s Caring Heart Recipient is Betsy Ross Ready '94. Betsy advocates for mental health in her daily life, through her work with Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide (LOSS), Our Lady of the Woods, and the WNBA Chicago Sky.

Support our Mighty Macs at the annual golf outing

The Fore the Macs: Playing it Forward Golf Outing will be held on Thursday, August 25 at Ridge Country. Join us for golf or our After Par-tee; become a sponsor; purchase a raffle ticket; and more!

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This annual fundraiser benefits the Tradition of Excellence Scholarship at McAuley.

McAuley Celebrates Academic Honors in Class of 2022

On Sunday, May 15, Mother McAuley graduated 209 women in the graduating Class of 2022 at the Shannon Center located on the campus of Saint Xavier University. This graduating class joins more than 28,500 alumnae of Mother McAuley.

Black History Month Alumna Interview: Maya Nunn '16

Maya Nunn graduated from Mother McAuley in 2016. After her graduation at McAuley, Maya studied at the University of Missouri, where she earned her Bachelor’s in Journalism with a concentration in Public Relations and a minor in Spanish. She received her Master’s in Sports and Entertainment Promotion from the University of Houston, and currently works as an Account Executive for a public relations firm.

Watch part of Maya's interview here!

Black History Month Celebration 2021

As part of our February Black History Month Celebration, the Black Student Union (BSU) collaborated with our Alumnae Office to create four short videos highlighting a different McAuley alumna each week during homeroom. 




Inscape, our alumnae and donor magazine, is published two times a year in winter and summer, respectively. Inscape features news of school and student accomplishments, campus enhancements, alumnae updates and events and much more. 

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Alumnae Newsletter

Alumnae Newsletter

On the last day of each month, this e-newsletter reaches every McAuley alumna, who we have an email for within our system. In the e-newsletter, we provide updates on fellow alumnae, information on past and upcoming alumnae events, and school news updates.

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Alumnae Spotlights

Alumnae Spotlights

Hear all about your fellow Mighty Mac alumnae!

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Send Your Updates

Send your Updates

Did you get a new job, earn a new degree, win an award, or just want to tell us about your career? Do you have an alumna friend or relative you want to brag about? Are you interested in sharing your knowledge and skills with our students?

Let us know!


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