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Keeping the Mercy Tradition Alive

Our school has thrived over the past 175 years, educating and empowering more than 28,500 young women, who have graduated and gone on to be the leaders and changemakers in our community and our world. When our alumnae leave our halls, they bring the spirit of Mercy with them into their adult life.

Mother McAuley is proud to educate our young women in the Mercy tradition and to continue the legacy of Catherine McAuley. We are even more proud to see our McAuley women go out into the world and spread the spirit of Mercy into the lives of others.

In these featured stories, you will read about students, faculty, and alumnae who are shining examples of Mercy in action, both in their careers and their volunteer work. They are just a small sampling of McAuley women who see a need and respond to it with creativity and compassion.

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Issue 17
Winter 2021

Featured Stories

Julie Owens Burns ‘82, Sharon Owens ‘88, and Katie Owens Mulcahy ‘93

The Owens sisters are actively involved in Cara Collective, an organization that works with motivated job seekers, folks who have been affected by poverty, homelessness, and/or previous incarceration, and helps them transform their lives through the power of employment, while providing hope and opportunity to transform their lives and the lives of their families in the process.

Read More about Julie Owens Burns ‘82, Sharon Owens ‘88, and Katie Owens Mulcahy ‘93
Kathleen Langdon ‘79

Kathleen Langdon ‘79 was appointed to the position of Executive Director of Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Joliet in July 2021. She has served in the diocese as Interim Executive Director for six months and as the Director of Development and Communications for nine years.

Read More about Kathleen Langdon ‘79
Kathy Gordon Davis

As chairperson of the Visual Arts & Technology Department at Mother McAuley, Kathy Gordon Davis has inspired and guided thousands of students. In addition, Kathy has brought her art skills to the Sisters of Mercy for over a decade, teaching a weekly art class at Mercy Circle and serving as a Mercy Associate. 

Read More about Kathy Gordon Davis
Betty Harn ‘82

The phrase “servant leader” is the perfect way to describe Betty Harn ‘82 because of her humility and willingness to put others before herself. As the Executive Vice President at Marquette Bank, Betty has been able to use her position to help those in need in the community during difficult times.

Read More about Betty Harn ‘82
Molly Dart ‘22

Molly Dart ‘22 is a prime example of a student who uses her artistic abilities to benefit the lives of others. In the past year, with the encouragement and support of her family, Molly created an art class called Miss Molly’s Art Program for incarcerated women.

Read More about Molly Dart ‘22

Alumnae & Advancement News

Include the Advancement Updates, these macs came back, all alumnae event recaps, and any giving info at the back of the issue

These Macs Came Back!

We were thrilled to welcome these alumnae back to Mother McAuley! Thank you to Cassidy Patton Newman ‘05, Lauren McDonnell Fasan ‘04, Emily Liston Quinn ‘08, Angel Idowu ‘12, Julia Geraghty ‘14, Meghan Baker ‘15, Amy Geraghty ‘16, Caitlin Jandacek ‘16, Kristyna Kresic ‘16, Meghan Rokas ‘16, Erin Donovan ‘17 and Maeve Fitzgerald ‘17.

Alumnae Event Recaps

Alumnae joined us for events this fall, for the first time in more than a year! We were so excited to welcome them back to Mother McAuley.

Fore the Macs: Playing it Forward Golf Outing 2021

In August, we held our most successful Fore the Macs: Playing it Forward Golf Outing, surpassing our goal and raising more than $114,00 for the Tradition of Excellence Scholarship! We are grateful to our generous alumnae, faculty, staff, parents, and friends for partnering with us to offer the McAuley lifetime advantage to our students!

McAuley Legacy

Since 1977, Mother McAuley has been a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). In the first year, our volleyball team won their first state championship, putting McAuley Volleyball on the map and giving us a powerhouse legacy. Since then, the volleyball program has had 23 state appearances and brought home 15 state titles - the most volleyball state titles for any school in the state of Illinois.

Mercy Day of Giving 2021

On September 24, 2021, we celebrated Mercy Day of Giving! We raised over $134,000 and reached more than 560 donors and counting! Every dollar donated will make an immediate difference in the lives of our students.

In Memory of Monica Dunne Fudacz '75 and Lucy Dineen Barry '75

Christmas and Thanksgiving are times to pause and give thanks for family and friends. On November 22, we gathered with the families and friends of two McAuley alumnae, Monica Dunne Fudacz ‘75 and Lucy Dineen Barry ‘75, both who have sadly passed away.

Scholarships Winter 2021

Mother McAuley offers more opportunities for scholarship than any other Catholic high school in Chicago. We are grateful for all of our scholarship donors and our outside assistance organizations.

Legacy Students

We have over 400 legacy students who have a mother, grandmother, or aunt who has graduated from Mother McAuley.

Ways to Give

On September 24, 2021, we celebrated Mercy Day of Giving! We raised over $134,000 and reached more than 560 donors and counting! Every dollar donated will make an immediate difference in the lives of our students.

Donor Highlight

On September 24, 2021, we celebrated Mercy Day of Giving! We raised over $134,000 and reached more than 560 donors and counting! Every dollar donated will make an immediate difference in the lives of our students.

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