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Parent Club Information

The Fathers' & Mothers' Clubs give of their time and talents to enthusiastically support the mission of Catherine McAuley. Membership is open to all parents and guardians of Mother McAuley students and provides wonderful opportunities to make new friends and build lasting memories of your daughter’s time at McAuley. Both clubs plan and execute projects and events which benefit the school, students and families, as well as the surrounding community. Each year, the clubs underwrite the cost of the bus transportation to safely transport our seniors and their dates to the Senior Prom! 

Both clubs meet on the following days for the 2023-2024 school year: September 14, October 12, November 9, December 8, January 14, February 8, March 14, and April 11. 

Parents' Club Joint Fundraiser - Comedy Night, March 2nd!

2022-2023 School Year Parent Club News
Buy or sell graduation and prom dresses
  • Alumnae News
  • Parent Clubs
  • Parent Updates
  • Student Life
  • Support McAuley

Looking to buy a graduation or prom dress, or to sell your old dresses? Learn more about Mother McAuley Mother's Club Graduation and Prom Dress Resale!

Welcoming the Class of 2027
  • Parent Clubs
  • Student Life

Welcome Class of 2027! Thank you for joining us yesterday afternoon at Mass and Freshman Family Picnic. We are MIGHTY glad that you’re here!

Special thanks to Fathers’ Club, Mothers’ Club, and our Student Ambassadors for making yesterday’s event so great!

Congratulations to our Father's Club Tuition Raffle Winner!
  • Parent Clubs
  • Student Life

Congratulations to the Cole Family, the lucky winners of the Mother McAuley Father's Club Tuition Raffle!

Damiana will be given 1-year of free Mother McAuley tuition for her freshman year!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's raffle!

Enter the Father's Club Tuition Raffle
  • Parent Clubs
  • Support McAuley

Enter the raffle for one year of Mother McAuley High School tuition PAID IN FULL for the 2023-2024 school year or $12,000 cash. Tickets are $50 each or three for $100. Online sales will close on Sunday, August 20, 2023 at 12:00 pm and the winner will be drawn at 6:00 pm.

McAuley Night at Sox Park
  • Alumnae News
  • Parent Clubs
  • Performing Arts
  • Student Life

What a great night celebrating two Southside traditions: Mother McAuley & the Chicago White Sox!

School News

Celebrating Black History Month - Avan Alleyne '16
  • Alumnae News
  • Diversity, Equity & Belonging
  • Student Life

In honor of Black History Month, our Black Student Union and Alumnae Office partnered to create a Q&A series celebrating distinguished Black alumnae. Next up is Avan Alleyne '16!

Grateful for our donors
  • Alumnae News
  • Student Life
  • Support McAuley

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!

Ash Wednesday Services
  • Faith

Our ashes today remind us that we belong to God and to each other. We are one family. Let us pray for each other this season of Lent and recommit ourselves to living Mercy.

Celebrating Black History Month - Jil Simpson Ross '82
  • Alumnae News
  • Diversity, Equity & Belonging

In honor of Black History Month, our Black Student Union and Alumnae Office partnered to create a Q&A series celebrating distinguished Black alumnae. First up is Jil Simpson Ross '82!

Alumnae Insights Panel shares insights into Visual/Digital Arts & Marketing
  • Alumnae News
  • College Readiness
  • Student Life
  • Student Services

We welcomed four alumnae back to McAuley today to speak on a panel about their specialized career field in the Visual/Digital Arts & Marketing! Huge thanks to our participating alumnae for sharing their wisdom with the Mighty Macs: Megan McKenna '99, Kate Bewley '17, Karen Spears '13, Grace Turcich '16

What a Celebration!
  • Alumnae News
  • Parent Updates
  • School Leadership
  • Sisters of Mercy
  • Support McAuley
  • Tradition

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.

Students place in top 10 in Illinois Tech Regional Bridge Contest
  • Academics
  • College Readiness

Engineering Principles students Eliza Sweeney '25 , Jia Kamin '24, and Bertha Espinoza '24 (left to right) participated in the Illinois Tech Regional Bridge Contest last night. All three students finished in the top 10 (7th, 6th, and 4th place respectively).

Get ready for graduation!
  • Parent Clubs
  • Parent Updates
  • Student Life

The Mothers' Club is launching an online only graduation glove sale! Seniors are invited to order their gloves by April 14 to be ready for graduation!

Basketball player scores 1,000th point!
  • Athletics
  • Tradition

Congratulations to Grace Gambotz '24 for scoring her 1,000th point during yesterday's Varsity Basketball Game & Senior Night. We are MIGHTY proud of you!

Senior named Posse Scholar
  • College Readiness
  • Student Life

Congratulations to Alexandria Johnson '24 on being selected as a Posse Scholar! Alexandria is set to embark on her academic journey at Middlebury College next year with the prestigious four-year, full-tuition Posse Scholarship. 

Celebrating our Catholic faith
  • Faith
  • Student Life
  • Tradition

We celebrated our faith this Catholic Schools Week with an All School Mass! Senior Abby Schmit '24 and Mrs. Mary Ellen Clifford '84 reflected on what it means to have a Catholic Education. Thank you to all who planned and participated in the beautiful Mass.

Parent Clubs to host Comedy Night
  • Alumnae News
  • Parent Clubs
  • Parent Updates
  • Support McAuley

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!

Students attend Illinois Theatre Fest
  • Performing Arts
  • Student Life

Performing Arts faculty and students traveled to Theatre Fest at Illinois State University, where they had the opportunity to attend a variety of workshops, classes, and performances! One of the highlights of the trip was the 2024 All-State Production, She Kills Monsters in which Amelie Villasenor '25 performed!

Dancing the Night Away
  • Parent Clubs
  • Parent Updates
  • Student Life
  • Tradition

The Class of 2027 had a blast at the Freshman Father Daughter Dance!

33 Students Recognized as Illinois State Scholars
  • Academics
  • College Readiness

We are MIGHTY proud to share that 33 students from the Class of 2024 have been recognized as Illinois State Scholars!

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), the state’s college access and financial aid agency, presents this important recognition of academic achievement to exceptional Illinois high school students annually.

Having fun at Senior Skate
  • Student Life
  • Tradition

Our annual Senior Skate was held on January 11! Seniors had a blast enjoying the time together!

Mother's Club Graduation & Prom Dress Resale January 26 & 27
  • Parent Clubs
  • Parent Updates
  • Student Life
  • Support McAuley

The Mothers' Club is hosting their annual Graduation & Prom Dress Resale Event. Dress shopping will be open for McAuley students on Friday, January 26th, and it will open to the public on Saturday, January 27th.

Senior participates in WVON Voices of King Media Campaign
  • Alumnae News
  • College Readiness
  • Diversity, Equity & Belonging
  • Student Life

Congratulations to Makilah Cooley '24 for taking part in the WVON Voices of King media campaign. Makilah's reflection on Martin Luther King Jr.'s Christmas Sermon aired on WVON AM 1690 on January 18.

2023 Recap!
  • Academics
  • Athletics
  • Faith
  • Performing Arts
  • Student Life
  • Tradition
  • Visual Arts

As this year comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to recap all of the MAC-TASTIC accomplishments of 2023! It was such a special year, and we are MIGHTY grateful to everyone who helped make it possible.

Students presented with Bautista Memorial Scholarship
  • Student Life
  • Support McAuley

Recipients of the Bautista Memorial Scholarship were presented with a check by the Bautista family this month. We are MIGHTY grateful for the generous support of our scholarship donors that make the lifetime advantage of a Mother McAuley education possible for our students and their families!

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
  • Diversity, Equity & Belonging
  • Faith

On Tuesday morning, our school community gathered in the chapel to celebrate a bilingual Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Thank you to all who planned and participated in the beautiful Mass!

Tis the Season for Christmas Concerts!
  • Performing Arts
  • Student Life
  • Tradition

Thank you to everyone who joined us on 99th Street for our Choral Concert, Orchestra Concert, and Brother Rice and Mother McAuley Band Concert! We love celebrating the season with you!

Senior Christmas Breakfast
  • Student Life
  • Tradition

On December 8, our seniors were invited to a Christmas breakfast in the dining hall to celebrate the holidays with their classmates!

Celebrating the Feast of the Immaculate Conception
  • Faith
  • Student Life

This afternoon, our entire school community gathered to celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception in a beautiful mass presided by Fr. Mark Walter. Thank you to our Peer Ministry Students, Liturgical Choir, and String Ensemble who participated and planned the mass. We have so much to be grateful for this Christmas Season!

Get into the Christmas spirit!
  • Alumnae News
  • Parent Updates
  • Performing Arts
  • Tradition

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!

Celebrating two Sisters of Mercy
  • Faculty and Staff News
  • Service
  • Sisters of Mercy
  • Tradition

Members of our McAuley community gathered at the Keep Hope Alive Benefit this past week. Sr. Pat Murphy, RSM and Sr. JoAnn Persch, RSM were honored with the 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award at the event, which supports the Archdiocese of Chicago's local immigration Ministry.

Welcoming our newest Mighty Macs!
  • Jr. High Events
  • Student Life
  • Tradition

It’s a great day to be a Mighty Mac! The energy on 99th street was incredible as we welcomed our Class of 2028! A huge thank you to the 8th graders who took the entrance exam at Mother McAuley today. We can’t wait for you to be a part of MACNATION!

Buy or sell graduation and prom dresses
  • Alumnae News
  • Parent Clubs
  • Parent Updates
  • Student Life
  • Support McAuley

Looking to buy a graduation or prom dress, or to sell your old dresses? Learn more about Mother McAuley Mother's Club Graduation and Prom Dress Resale!

Join us for the Bandcake Breakfast!
  • Performing Arts
  • Student Life
  • Support McAuley

The Brother Rice and Mother McAuley band invites you to join us for Mrs. B's Annual Bandcake Breakfast on Sunday, December 10th!

Senior organizes peer-to-peer clothing drive
  • Service
  • Student Life

Mother McAuley students are compelled by Mercy to serve the needs of others. During this season of giving, we want to highlight Olivia Scarsella '24! Olivia organized a peer-to-peer clothing drive to give back to high school students in temporary living situations.

Scholastic Bowl has a MIGHTY start
  • Academics
  • Student Life

McAuley competed in their first ever Scholastic Bowl meet on Tuesday, November 7. Varsity kicked off the meet with a win in their first round against Mount Carmel. Junior Varsity ended the meet with a win in their round against St. Rita. Congrats to these Mighty Macs!

Students receive free ECG screening
  • Student Life
  • Student Services

More than 50% of McAuley Students received a free, potentially life-saving ECG screening yesterday at our Young Hearts for Life event.

Mighty Macs are back to back State Champions!
  • Athletics
  • Student Life
  • Tradition

The Mighty Macs won the 2023 Class 4A State Championship on Saturday, November 11. On Monday, November 13, the team brought the trophy home in style! Members of the local, county, and state police and fire departments escorted the team onto our turf field, where our school community gathered for a victory rally. 

Thank you to our veterans
  • Alumnae News
  • Student Life
  • Tradition

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
  • Alumnae News
  • Parent Updates
  • Support McAuley
  • Tradition

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.

Sending the Mighty Macs off to state
  • Athletics
  • Student Life

We kicked off our school day with a MacNation Pep Rally to celebrate the successful seasons of all of the fall sports teams AND to send our volleyball team off to STATE!! It was a MAC-TASTIC morning!

Five alumnae share advice in panel
  • Alumnae News
  • College Readiness
  • Student Life
  • Student Services

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.

Celebrating our Macs with Merit!
  • Academics
  • Athletics
  • Faith
  • Performing Arts
  • STEM
  • Student Life
  • Student Services
  • Tradition
  • Visual Arts

This morning, we honored our Macs with Merit with a ceremony and breakfast!

Show your McAuley pride!
  • Alumnae News
  • Athletics
  • Student Life
  • Tradition

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.

Mighty Macs head to state!
  • Athletics
  • Tradition

The Mighty Macs win the super sectional championship and are headed to STATE! Check back for more updates this week.

We welcomed 200+ families for Open House!
  • Academics
  • Athletics
  • College Readiness
  • Diversity, Equity & Belonging
  • Faith
  • Jr. High Events
  • Performing Arts
  • STEM
  • Service
  • Student Life
  • Tradition
  • Visual Arts

Last night, we welcomed over 200 families to Mother McAuley for our Open House! It was a MIGHTY great night, and we hope to see you again soon!

Mighty Macs win sectional championship
  • Athletics
  • Student Life
  • Tradition

The Mighty Macs defeat Marist in the Sectionals and advance to the Super Sectional Championship this Friday, November 3rd at 7PM!

Remembering loved ones at All Saints Day Mass
  • Faith
  • Student Life
  • Tradition

This afternoon, our school community gathered together for All Saints Day Mass, where we remembered the lives of our loved ones who have passed on. Students were asked to write the name and a memory of a person who has passed on a leaf. Peer ministry students turned the leaves into a beautiful tree of life that was blessed during the mass. It was a wonderful way to honor our loved ones!

A spooktacular Not-So-Haunted House
  • Alumnae News
  • Performing Arts
  • Student Life
  • Tradition
  • Visual Arts

Happy Halloween! We had a SPOOKTACULAR time at Not So Haunted House last week. Thank you to everyone who joined us!

Cross country duo qualifies for state
  • Athletics

Cross country runners Eileen O'Connor '24 and Emily Mangin '26 qualified for state finals, and the entire cross country team for finished 8TH in the Sectional Meet this past weekend.

Daniel P. Haerther Scholars stay busy this fall
  • College Readiness
  • Service
  • Student Life

Our Daniel P. Haerther Scholars have been busy with service projects and meeting with the trustees who support our students through this generous scholarship program. 

Join us for the Not-So-Haunted House!
  • Alumnae News
  • Parent Updates
  • Performing Arts
  • Student Life
  • Tradition
  • Visual Arts

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!

 

Nearly 70 alumnae and friends participate in annual Career Day
  • Alumnae News
  • College Readiness
  • Student Life

We welcomed nearly 70 alumnae and friends of McAuley back to our school this morning for Career Day! This event gives students an opportunity to network and learn from passionate individuals with a variety of careers across 10 different disciplines.

Honoring McAuley trailblazers
  • Academics
  • Alumnae News
  • Athletics
  • Faith

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.

McAuley welcomes Misericordia Heartbreakers for NHS Fall Fest
  • Student Life
  • Tradition

One of our school's favorite traditions is the annual performance from the Misericordia Heartbreakers during our NHS Fall Fest! The Heartbreakers had all the students on their feet, singing along to Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, and more. Thank you to the Misericordia Heartbreakers and NHS for a MAC-TASTIC afternoon.

AP Art students participate in Memory Project
  • Service
  • Visual Arts

For over 10 years, Mother McAuley Advanced Placement Art students have participated in the Memory Project, which invites high school students to create heartfelt portraits of children living in orphanages around the world. Over the summer, the portraits were delivered to children in Cameroon, and the video below shows their joyous reactions to receiving the artwork.

Freshmen enjoy first retreat
  • Faith
  • Student Life

Thank you to our Peer Ministry students and Theology department for organizing a wonderful retreat full of prayer, reflection, and fun for the Class of 2027.

Father's Club holds wreath sale
  • Alumnae News
  • Parent Clubs
  • Support McAuley

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.

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Diversity, Equity & Belonging
  • Faith
  • Student Life

This afternoon, our entire school community gathered together for a wonderful prayer service in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month!

Raising money for breast cancer awareness and research
  • Service
  • Student Life

The Science National Honors Society sponsored the Walk for a Cure to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research. They held the event before school on Friday, October 13th on the McAuley turf field, and participants were asked to donate $2 to wear a pink shirt and gym shoes.

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month - Andrea Jaime '26
  • Diversity, Equity & Belonging
  • Student Life

Today, we close out our Q&A series in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month with Andrea Jaime '26! Andrea discusses her favorite cultural traditions and her Latino role model in the Q&A.

McAuley named to AP Program School Honor Roll, Platinum distinction
  • Academics
  • College Readiness

We are MIGHTY proud to share that Mother McAuley has been named to the Advanced Placement® Program School Honor Roll, earning Platinum distinction. McAuley is also honored with the 2023 AP Access Award for ensuring AP coursework is equally available to students no matter their backgrounds.

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month - Anabelle Ambriz '27
  • Diversity, Equity & Belonging
  • Student Life

We're continuing our Q&A series in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month with freshman Anabelle Ambriz '27! Anabelle explains her favorite cultural traditions and her latina role model in today's Q&A.

Junior class receives rings
  • Student Life
  • Tradition

Class rings are in! We held a prayer service on Friday with the Class of 2025 and their families to celebrate their new roles as upper class women in the school!

Join us for Open House
  • Academics
  • Athletics
  • College Readiness
  • Diversity, Equity & Belonging
  • Faith
  • Jr. High Events
  • Performing Arts
  • STEM
  • Service
  • Student Life
  • Student Services
  • Tradition
  • Visual Arts

Join us for Open House on Thursday, November 2 from 6:00-8:00pm! 

There will be presentations about academic programs, electives, athletics, financial aid, scholarships and transportation, You will also have a chance to meet students, athletes, coaches, teachers and administration. 

Learn More & Register Today!

Jr High artists attend workshop
  • Jr. High Events
  • Visual Arts

The Future Macs are MIGHTY talented! We had the best time sculpting, painting, drawing, and more with all of you at our Junior High Art Workshop.

Little School students have visit from alumnae
  • Academics
  • Alumnae News

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
  • Alumnae News
  • Faculty and Staff News

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!

Alumnae panel shares advice with students
  • Academics
  • College Readiness
  • Student Life
  • Student Services

We welcomed five alumnae back to McAuley today to speak on a panel about their specialized career field in Humanities.

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month - Xotchil Ramirez '24
  • Diversity, Equity & Belonging
  • Student Life

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we are celebrating members of the Latinas Lead club through a Q&A series! Co-Leader of Latinas Lead, Xotchil Ramirez '24, discusses what Hispanic Heritage Month means to her in today's Q&A.

Honor Society Inductions
  • Academics
  • College Readiness
  • Student Life

Congratulations to the newly inducted members of the National Honor Society, National Science Honor Society, and National English Honor Society!

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month - Gina Sanchez Nuñez '03
  • Alumnae News
  • Diversity, Equity & Belonging

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we are also celebrating our Hispanic alumnae through our Q&A series! Gina Sanchez Nuñez '03 discusses what Hispanic Heritage Month means to her and offers advice for current Mother McAuley students.

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month - Sofia Huffman '25
  • Diversity, Equity & Belonging
  • Student Life

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we are celebrating members of the Latinas Lead club through a Q&A series! Sofia Huffman '25 discusses her favorite cultural traditions and role models to kick off the series.

ABC 7 visits Mother McAuley
  • Academics
  • Athletics
  • Diversity, Equity & Belonging
  • Faith
  • Performing Arts
  • School Leadership
  • Service
  • Sisters of Mercy
  • Student Life
  • Tradition
  • Visual Arts

WOW, it was a MIGHTY special morning on 99th Street! ABC 7's Terrell Brown sang Taylor Swift with Acapella, sipped Starbucks in the Kitty Mac Cafe, played volleyball with the State Champs, crowd-surfed with MacNation on our turf field, and officially became a Mighty Mac when he threw on the M costume himself.

Our girls truly showed ABC 7 what McAuley is all about, and we did it all before the sun came up!

In case you missed the live broadcast, be sure to check out a few highlights

Annual Father/Daughter Mass
  • Faith
  • Parent Clubs
  • Parent Updates

Please join us for our annual Mother McAuley Father Daughter Mass! Mass will be held on Sunday, October 8th at 9:00am in Mercy Chapel. The Fathers' Club will be hosting a breakfast reception in the Illinois Room immediately following Mass.

RSVP for Mass

Join us for our 2023 College Fair and College Athlete Night
  • Academics
  • College Readiness
  • Student Services

The Counseling Departments of Brother Rice and Mother McAuley High Schools are hosting a combined College Fair on Wednesday, September 27, 2023 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

View a list of College/Universities

Students planning to pursue athletics in college are invited to attend the NCAA/NAIA student-athlete presentation hosted by the Division Head of Counseling, Ms. Mixan, at 6:00pm in the Student Life Center at McAuley before the College Fair.

 

You Rose to the Challenge for Mercy Day of Giving!
  • Alumnae News
  • Parent Updates
  • Support McAuley
  • Tradition

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!

2023 Catherine McAuley Award winners announced
  • Faculty and Staff News
  • Student Life
  • Tradition

Congratulations to senior Nora Enright '24 and faculty member Rita Fitzgibbons Fox '72, the recipients of this year's Catherine McAuley Award! These two women embody Catherine's spirit and live out her legacy of service, compassion, and hospitality. We are MIGHTY grateful to have them as part of the McAuley community.

Celebrating Mercy Week!
  • Student Life
  • Tradition

We are having a MAC-TASTIC time this MERCY WEEK ❤️💛

The Mighty Macs celebrated with water slides, obstacle courses, dunk tanks, and more this afternoon! The rain couldn't stop them, is anyone surprised?

The whole school was inspired and empowered by ValLimar Jansen during an assembly today that got the whole crowd moving. Thank you for a POWERFUL start to our morning!

Check out our stories for even more highlights, and stay tuned tonight for updates on the McAuley vs. Marist volleyball game!

Rise to the Challenge for Mercy Day of Giving
  • Academics
  • Alumnae News
  • Athletics
  • College Readiness
  • Faith
  • Performing Arts
  • STEM
  • Service
  • Student Life
  • Support McAuley
  • Tradition
  • Visual Arts

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!

Celebrating the start of the school year
  • Faith
  • Student Life

We gathered together this afternoon for our Opening Mass to celebrate the start of a new school year. Thank you to Fr. Mark Walter and our talented musical accompaniment for a wonderful celebration.

We look forward to a school year full of Mercy!

Parents - join us for our Coffee with the Counselors of the year!
  • Parent Updates
  • Student Services

The Mother McAuley Counseling Department invites you to enjoy a cup of coffee with your daughter's counselor on Friday, September 15 from 8:00 - 8:45 am in the McAuley Dining Hall. We'll discuss a six-step approach to problem-solving with your child and ways to balance discipline with solutions. 

Remembering September 11
  • Student Life

Mother McAuley and Brother Rice Student Governments lined 99th Street and Pulaski with American flags to honor the victims and the heroes of 9/11.

Little School teachers have first day in classroom!
  • Academics
  • College Readiness

Our Little School teachers had their first day in the classroom this past week!

For over 35 years, our Developmental Psychology Honors (Little School) course has given our senior students the hands-on opportunity to learn more about their talents and interests in the field of child development and education.

Students learn about our 50+ clubs and organizations at Club Fair!
  • Student Life

Yesterday's Club Fair was a big success! Thanks to everyone who signed up to get involved in one of our many student organizations!

Did you know McAuley has over 50 clubs and organizations for students? Wherever you want to go and whatever you want to be, McAuley takes you there!

Join us for Shopapalooza!
  • Alumnae News
  • Parent Clubs

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!

Learn More

Special escort on the first day of school
  • Student Life

Members of the Chicago Police Department escorted Ebony Jimenez to our Circle Drive doors on the first day of school. Ebony is the daughter of Officer Samuel Jimenez, who tragically lost his life in the line of duty.

Welcome back to McAuley, Ebony! Thank you to our CPD Officers for the send off.

Thank you for "Playing it Forward"
  • Alumnae News
  • Support McAuley

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!

Congratulations to our Father's Club Tuition Raffle Winner!
  • Parent Clubs
  • Student Life

Congratulations to the Cole Family, the lucky winners of the Mother McAuley Father's Club Tuition Raffle!

Damiana will be given 1-year of free Mother McAuley tuition for her freshman year!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's raffle!

Welcoming the Class of 2027
  • Parent Clubs
  • Student Life

Welcome Class of 2027! Thank you for joining us yesterday afternoon at Mass and Freshman Family Picnic. We are MIGHTY glad that you’re here!

Special thanks to Fathers’ Club, Mothers’ Club, and our Student Ambassadors for making yesterday’s event so great!

Good luck to the class of 2023!
  • Academics
  • Alumnae News

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
  • Alumnae News
  • School Leadership

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!

Fall Athletics Tryouts
  • Athletics

Fall tryouts will begin in early August. The number of tryout days varies. Starting dates for all fall tryouts are listed below for each sport. Students must be present for the duration of their tryouts. Practices will start the day after tryouts are concluded and will be five or six days a week. Dress for activity and bring proper equipment. 

See tryouts dates and more information!

Enter the Father's Club Tuition Raffle
  • Parent Clubs
  • Support McAuley

Enter the raffle for one year of Mother McAuley High School tuition PAID IN FULL for the 2023-2024 school year or $12,000 cash. Tickets are $50 each or three for $100. Online sales will close on Sunday, August 20, 2023 at 12:00 pm and the winner will be drawn at 6:00 pm.

Rising junior selected for All State Show
  • Performing Arts
  • Student Life

Congratulations to Amelie Villasenor '25 who was selected for the All State Show, "She Kills Monsters!" We are so excited and proud! The All State Show rehearses over a series of weekends throughout the year and then is performed at the 2024 Theatre Festival!

Mini Mac Camp takes over McAuley!
  • Academics
  • Jr. High Events
  • STEM
  • Student Life

Last week the Mini Macs took over the school! Their camp week was full of crafts, science experiments, performances, games, snacks and so much Mighty Mac FUN!

Purchase a Golf Raffle Ticket!
  • Alumnae News
  • Support McAuley

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
  • Alumnae News

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.!

Summer camp fun!
  • Academics
  • Athletics
  • Jr. High Events
  • Student Life
  • Visual Arts

Check out photos from our recent summer camps, including softball, photography and more!

Rising sophomore wins Western Golf Association's BMW Championship Tunnel Mural Art Contest
  • Visual Arts

Congratulations to Kaylee Davenport ‘26 for winning the Western Golf Association’s BMW Championship Tunnel Mural Art contest. This artwork will be part of a mural on display at the 2023 BMW Championship August 15th-20th at Olympia Fields Country Club. Tens of thousands of golf fans will pass by the mural on their way to watch the top 50 players on the PGA Tour!

Join us for a Mac-tail Hour this summer!
  • Alumnae News

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!

Summer camp fun!
  • Academics
  • Athletics
  • Jr. High Events
  • Performing Arts

We have had so much fun with our future macs this week! On the court, in the chemistry lab, on the golf course and our very own stage! We are so happy to have you with us at MACNATION!

Daniel P. Haerther Scholars support Great Lakes
  • Academics
  • Service
  • Student Life

Our Daniel P. Haerther Scholars wrote personal letters in support of the Shedd Aquarium’s nomination of the Great Lakes as Mission Blue’s first freshwater Hope Spot. We are proud of our scholars for playing a role in the designation!

Water polo team celebrates accomplishments
  • Athletics

We are so excited to congratulate Illinois Water Polo Coach of the Year: Maggie Wood Bax '07; All State First Team: Becca Engquist '24 and Bella Morquecho '23; and All State Third Team: Ella Mulchrone '23! We are so proud of every accomplishment this team has made throughout their season!

McAuley Night at Sox Park
  • Alumnae News
  • Parent Clubs
  • Performing Arts
  • Student Life

What a great night celebrating two Southside traditions: Mother McAuley & the Chicago White Sox!

Faculty and staff celebrate end of year!
  • Faculty and Staff News

Last week, our Faculty and Staff celebrated the end of another amazing school year! We recognized and honored our work anniversaries & the recipients of our Heart of the School Award.

Class of 2027 scholarship recipients celebrated
  • Academics
  • Student Life

We held our Incoming Freshman Scholarship Night this week and are filled with pride to announce we granted $694,000 in merit-based scholarships to the Class of 2027 for their four years at McAuley.

Congratulations to all the recipients! We are so excited for you to join our McAuley family.

McAuley celebrates the commencement ceremony for the Class of 2023
  • Academics
  • Student Life
  • Tradition

On Sunday, May 21, the Class of 2023 donned their white gowns and received their diplomas, joining our community of more than 28,750 alumnae. These young women walked across the stage with a strong sense of self, an appreciation of our Mercy values, and gratitude for the friendships and experiences that will carry them through college and careers. Already accomplished, they possess the confidence and knowledge to achieve anything!

Join us for McAuley White Sox Night
  • Alumnae News
  • Parent Clubs
  • Student Life

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!

Purchase Tickets

Class of 2023 Baccalaureate Mass
  • Academics
  • College Readiness
  • Student Life

On Thursday, May 18, we held the Baccalaureate Mass and Awards for the Class of 2023. This class earned a record-setting, $90,192,831 in scholarship and grant dollars. We continue to be blown away by their accomplishments!

Senior celebrations
  • Student Life

The Class of 2023 had a full day of celebration and fun leading up to graduation this weekend! They participated in graduation practice, headed outside for a picnic and senior olympics on the new turf field, and enjoyed the traditional senior academy awards in the auditorium.

Spring pep rally
  • Athletics
  • Student Life

Today we held our spring pep rally, themed "Jordan Year #23!" Good luck at state to Mac Track and Field star Maya Hooks '25, and the entire Water Polo team! GO MACS!

Juniors celebrate tradition
  • Student Life

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Junior Class Ring and Pin Blessing! It was a wonderful morning celebrating the young women who will soon be leading our school as seniors.

Spring sports celebrate their seniors
  • Athletics

We love our Seniors! Thank you to all of our Spring Sport Senior Athletes for your hard work and dedication to MacNation! We are mighty proud of all your accomplishments!

cART ride for art students
  • Visual Arts

Today we recognized the visual arts students who represented Mother McAuley in the Northern Regional Exhibition with a cart ride. 

Water polo is heading to state
  • Athletics

The Aquamacs are headed to State! Congratulations to our Mighty Mac Water Polo Team for their Sectional Championship victory today!

Showcasing student talent at spring concerts
  • Performing Arts
  • Student Life

In the last week our Chorus, Band, and Orchestra all hosted their spring concerts. Each concert displayed beautiful music and our wonderful students’ talents!

Showcasing art students at annual Artapalooza
  • Academics
  • Student Life
  • Visual Arts

McAuley's annual Artapalooza was held on Thursday, May 4! It was a great afternoon showcasing our incredibly talented students! Did you know over 570 students participate in one or more art class a year?! We are so proud of all their creations and grateful for the way they brighten our hallways.

Latinas Lead welcomes speaker
  • Academics
  • Diversity, Equity & Belonging
  • Student Life

Ms. Clarisol Duque, the State Director of the Office of U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, met with our Latinas Lead last week! Our students were able to ask questions and gain insightful wisdom and we are so grateful! 

Soccer team assists Special Olympics
  • Alumnae News
  • Athletics
  • Service
  • Student Life

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!

College Decision Day 2023
  • Academics
  • College Readiness

College Decision Day 2023! We cannot wait to see what these Macs accomplish on their next journey. No matter where you go, 99th Street will always be your home!

Prom 2023
  • Student Life

The Class of 2023 enjoyed their senior prom at the Drake Hotel on Friday, April 28!

Artapalooza 2023 to be held on May 4
  • Academics
  • Student Life
  • Visual Arts

McAuley's annual Artapalooza will be held on Thursday, May 4 from 1:40 - 4:00pm! The event showcases the work of our talented art students. Attendees will enjoy viewing the artwork on display, grabbing snacks from food trucks, listening to music, participating in raffles and more. 

Math Macs place in state competition
  • Academics
  • Student Life

Congratulations to the entire Math Macs Team who competed this last weekend at the state competition. A special shout-out to the Freshman Team who placed 10th! We are MIGHTY proud of all the work this team has put in this year! Way to go, Math Macs!

Join us for our Spring Choral Concert
  • Performing Arts
  • Student Life

Join us on Wednesday, May 3 at 7:00pm for our Spring Choral Concert in the Auditorium! Tickets are $5 general admission and can be purchased online.

Thank you for joining us at our spring open house!
  • Academics
  • Jr. High Events
  • Student Life

Thank you to everyone who attended our Spring Open House! We had a great time showing you around our school and sharing the wonderful academics, athletics and activities we have to offer!

Theatre students take on NYC!
  • Academics
  • Performing Arts
  • Student Life

Over Spring Break students and teachers from our Performing Arts Department visited New York City! Every minute of the trip was filled with exploring the city, seeing shows, and sharing their music!

Language Honor Societies hold induction ceremony
  • Academics
  • Student Life

Last week the World Language Department held inductions for their honor societies, National Spanish Honor Society and French Honor Society. Congratulations to all the inductees!

Gathering Easter baskets
  • Service
  • Student Life

Thank you to everyone who participated in gathering Easter basket goodies for the immigrant families who are being assisted by the Sisters of Mercy. We were able to donate over 80 full baskets!

National Honor Society holds annual ice cream social
  • Service
  • Student Life

Last week the National Honor Society hosted our Annual NHS Ice Cream Social! The event fundraised over $2,000 in raffles and ice cream sales for the Rally4Ryan Sisters Foundation to support alumna Maura Ryan and her family.

Theatre in Our Schools Month donut breakfast
  • Performing Arts
  • Student Life

We had a Theatre In Our Schools month donut breakfast this morning! Students who wore a show shirt got donuts and we recognized all the amazing accomplishments of our incredible D-wing!

Cart ride celebrates theatre students
  • Performing Arts

A special cart ride just in time for the end of Theatre In Our Schools Week. This week we celebrated Erin Curran and Ava Petrowski, who were chosen to be members of the crew for the 2023 All State Theatre Production of Shrek the Musical! 

Second semester Macs with Merit announced
  • Academics
  • Athletics
  • Faith
  • Performing Arts
  • Student Life
  • Visual Arts

Congratulations to our second semester Macs with Merit! These students were selected by a teacher or staff member to receive this award based on their honorable character, diligent work ethic and notable contributions to the McAuley community. We are very proud of these young women!

First page of the PDF file: 4-2-23basketballclinic11
  • Athletics
  • Jr. High Events

Learn the basic techniques of shooting, ball handling, passing, footwork & finishing, rebounding and defense at our spring basketball clinic. The clinics will be run by Head Coach Curtis Lewis with the help of current McAuley basketball players. All clinics will run from 7:00 - 8:30pm in the Mother McAuley Main Gym.

Learn More & Register

National Science Honor Society holds Grammar School Science Bowl
  • Academics
  • Jr. High Events
  • STEM

Congrats to all of our 2023 Science Bowl Competitors! Neighboring grammar school’s competed on their science knowledge, hosted by our Mother McAuley Science Department and members of our National Science Honor Society. We thank everyone that was able to come and compete and helped make it such a fun evening.

Enter the Fathers' Club Catered Event Raffle
  • Parent Clubs

Let the Mother McAuley Fathers' Club help you with your event! Enter the raffle today for a chance to win a $500 catering gift card from your choice of one of four local restaurants. Tickets are $25 each! Winner will be chosen at the Mother McAuley Fathers' Club meeting on April 19. Winner does not need to be present. 

Three seniors named A. Franklin Pilchard Foundation Scholars
  • Academics
  • College Readiness

We are MIGHTY proud of seniors, Payton Barnes, Isabelle Leonard, and Sarah O’Brien who were awarded the A. Franklin Pilchard Foundation Scholarship this year! This is a $8,000 renewable scholarship awarded to students attending an Illinois college / university. Congratulations, Macs!

Math Macs are headed to state!
  • Academics
  • Student Life

The entire Math Macs team is going down state! The Math Macs earned 1st place overall at their Regional Competition, and will all compete at State on April 22 at ISU.

McAuley's Got Talent
  • Student Life

Our annual McAuley’s Got Talent Show took place on Wednesday, March 15. It was a wonderful afternoon celebrating and supporting our talented students!

First page of the PDF file: 3-16-23SmartGenSocietyFlyer2
  • Parent Clubs

Mother McAuley will be hosting an engaging workshop led by Amie Kowinski of Smart Gen Society on Tuesday, March 28 from 7:00 - 8:00pm in the McAuley Auditorium. This free seminar will help parents learn how to keep your teenagers and you smart, safe and private in today’s 24/7 digital world.

$130 million+ in college scholarship offers this year to our art & design students
  • Academics
  • College Readiness
  • Visual Arts

Make sure to cheer on the students below who will be representing Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School and competing for top prizes at the 2023 Illinois High School Art Exhibition (IHSAE) hosted by Art ConnectED. These students are selected across 8 different categories or from submitted scholarship portfolios.

McAuley holds spring play
  • Performing Arts

Mother McAuley's spring play, Trap, ran on March 9 and 10. Congrats to the cast and crew for a great performance!

McAuley Sneaker Gala
  • Service
  • Student Life

McAuley held the first ever Sneaker Gala on Thursday, March 9. The event included music, snacks, contests, the Mighty Mac Dodgeball Tournament and of course, sneakers!

Mighty Macs and Crusaders took the plunge!
  • Service
  • Student Life

Mighty Macs and Crusaders took the plunge!

The Mother McAuley and Brother Rice team raised over $11,000 for this year’s Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Chicago.

Celebrating International Women's Week
  • Sisters of Mercy
  • Student Life

This week Mother McAuley is celebrating International Women's Week!

We are celebrating and honoring Valiant Women of Mercy. This theme was chosen as a way to remember the boldness, courage and bravery of women who have shown mercy in their actions and in their work within our own community.

Winter pep rally
  • Student Life

Let's Glow Macs!

Today was our Winter Pep Rally to celebrate all of our recent Mighty Mac accomplishments. Students, faculty and staff were encouraged to wear white, bright or neon colors, and they participated in games, cheers and much more!

Q & A with alumna Sparkle Whitaker ‘18
  • Alumnae News
  • Diversity, Equity & Belonging
  • Student Life

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
  • Alumnae News
  • Diversity, Equity & Belonging
  • Student Life

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!
  • Alumnae News

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!

Learn More

Q & A with alumna Karen Spears '13
  • Alumnae News
  • Diversity, Equity & Belonging
  • Student Life

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.

Lenten Season Reflection: Lauren Dart '23
  • Faith
  • Service

The McAuley Community is one dedicated to serving others. This Lenten Season we will be reflecting on service and the ways in which our Mighty Macs give back throughout the year...

Lauren Dart '23 volunteers in a program at the Cook County Jail called "Recipe for Change."

Beginning our Lenten Journey
  • Faith

This morning, we began our Lenten journey with an Ash Wednesday Prayer Service. Reflections on service and the Critical Concerns of the Sisters of Mercy were shared by students and faculty who have done service work in other countries, at the border between two countries, in the rural countryside, and right here on the southside.   

First page of the PDF file: 2-17-23OpenHouseFlyerApril2023
  • Academics
  • Jr. High Events
  • Student Life

Junior high students are invited to join us for an Open House on Thursday, April 20 from 6:00 - 8:00pm. Presentations about academic programs, electives, athletics, financial aid, scholarships and transportation. You will also have a chance to meet students, athletes, coaches, teachers and administration.

Senior Father Daughter Dance
  • Parent Clubs
  • Student Life

The Class of 2023 had their Senior Father Daughter Dance at Ridge Country Club this year! The night was full of fun and dancing. 

Sophomores attend retreat
  • Faith
  • Student Life

Earlier this week, Peer Ministers and the Theology Department hosted the Sophomore Retreat. Our Sophomores had a wonderful day of prayer, reflection, and meditation. We are so blessed for retreat days that provide us time to reflect on our spiritual journeys!

Sophomore athlete qualifies for IHSA Wrestling State Tournament
  • Athletics

Congratulations to Maggie Zuber ‘25 on qualifying for the IHSA Wrestling State Tournament! We are MIGHTY proud.

Students, faculty and staff lined the halls to celebrate our first Mighty Mac wrestler with a cart ride on Tuesday morning for a traditional cart ride to wish Maggie good luck as she heads to the IHSA Wrestling State Tournament this weekend!

Q & A with alumna Nikki Jennings '88
  • Alumnae News
  • Diversity, Equity & Belonging
  • Student Life

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!

Black Student Union hosts Black History Month Prayer Service
  • Diversity, Equity & Belonging
  • Faith
  • Student Life

Thank you to our Black Student Union for hosting our Black History Month Prayer Service this morning! The all school service was filled with community, prayer, reflection, dance, music and stories.

A special thanks to alumnae speaker, Maya Nunn ‘16, for her reflection on coming home.

We are proud and grateful to celebrate our students.

Basketball team wins on Senior Night
  • Athletics

The basketball team held their Senior Night tonight! Congratulations to our Mighty Macs for their big win over Simeon, and thank you seniors for your dedication to the program and your teammates, your energy, your impact, and all the memories.

Performing Arts students hold Sacred Concert
  • Performing Arts

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Sacred Concert last night. It was so special to gather with many of our neighbors at Mercy Circle and share an evening of sacred music in the beautiful Mercy Chapel.

PreAP Algebra Placement Test for Current 7th Grade Students
  • Academics
  • Jr. High Events

Mother McAuley offers a PreAP Algebra class for 8th grade girls. This class is taught by a McAuley math faculty member. Students who successfully complete PreAP Algebra may have the chance to enroll in sophomore Geometry Honors their freshman year at McAuley. 

The placement test for current 7th grade girls who are interested in taking this class during their 8th grade year will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2023. 

Learn More & Register

Celebrating Catholic Schools Week
  • Student Life

We dropped off Mighty Mac Snacks to our neighboring Catholic grammar schools to celebrate Catholic Schools Week! We are so thankful to the grade schools in our community for their foundation of faith.

All fall sports teams qualify for IHSA Team Academic Achievement Awards
  • Academics
  • Athletics

We are so proud to announce that all of our Fall Sports Teams qualified for IHSA Team Academic Achievement Awards! Congratulations to our dedicated coaches and student-athletes for these impressive recognitions.

We are so proud of your hard work on the court, track, golf course, in the pool, and especially in the classroom. GO MACS!

6th & 7th grade girls invited to attend shadow day
  • Academics
  • Jr. High Events
  • Student Life

We're hosting a shadow day for 6th & 7th grade girls on Monday, February 20, 2023! Join us for the day, learn more about our curriculum, meet our teachers and be a part of MacNation! Dismissal will be at 1:38pm.

Online registration is now closed for our 6th & 7th Grade Shadow Day on February 20. If you didn't have a chance to register online for this special Shadow Day, walk-ins are welcome. All 6th and 7th grade girls will be paired with a McAuley student.

Sophomore to perform with All-State Orchestra
  • Performing Arts
  • Student Life

Congratulations Amanda Schuler ‘25 for being recognized as an All-State Selection by the Illinois Music Education Association! We celebrated this incredible accomplishment in classic Mighty Mac style with a cart ride! Amanda will be performing with the All-State Orchestra this weekend and we are MIGHTY proud!

College Parent Night for Juniors and Sophomores
  • Academics
  • College Readiness
  • Student Services

We are excited to welcome in the new year by kicking off the college planning process for the Class of 2024. We would like to share with you important information on how to best support your child through this process. Please join us on January 26, 2023 from 6:30 - 7:30 pm in the Dining Hall. Sophomore parents are welcome!

Kairos 154 held this weekend
  • Faith
  • Student Life

Sending prayers and good thoughts to all our students and faculty members attending Kairos 154 this weekend!!

Celebrating student athletes with a cart ride
  • Athletics
  • Student Life

This morning we celebrated Gigi Navarrete '23 and Ellie White '24 with a cart ride for receiving national recognition and prestigious awards for their outstanding seasons this year!

Join us for Alumnae Basketball Night!
  • Alumnae News
  • Athletics

Come cheer on the Mighty Macs as they take on Lyons Township on Monday, January 23!

JV game: 5:30pm
Varsity game: 7:00pm

Pizza and refreshments to follow the games in the lounge!

RSVP here

Student Athlete named Gatorade Illinois Volleyball Play of the Year
  • Athletics
  • College Readiness
  • Student Life

Congratulations to junior Ellie White for being named the 2022-23 Gatorade Illinois Volleyball Player of the Year! This prestigious honor is bestowed upon the nation’s most outstanding high school athletes. Ellie was recognized for her athletic excellence, academic achievement, and exemplary character. We are MIGHTY proud Ellie for this most deserving honor!

Juniors attend College Kick-off
  • Academics
  • College Readiness
  • Student Services

The junior class attended their College Kick-Off!

Members of the senior class facilitated a student panel to provide advice, tips, and words of encouragement to their peers about the college application process. They will begin reflecting on personal interests associated with future majors and researching college criteria in order to create their college list.

Macs with Mercy program
  • Diversity, Equity & Belonging
  • Faith
  • Service
  • Student Life

This year we began a new program with our neighbors at Mercy Circle, Macs with Mercy. Each month, one of our clubs or organizations gathers with the residents at Mercy Circle and to do an activity. So far our Student Government, Black Student Union and Science National Honor Society have participated.

Alumnae Panel Series
  • Alumnae News
  • College Readiness
  • Student Services

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.

Faculty and staff celebrate Christmas
  • Faculty and Staff News

Check out some of the trees our faculty & staff decorated at this year’s Christmas Party! Each department came up with a theme and decorated their tree to win the contest! Congratulations to our Science and Theology departments for winning.

We are so blessed to have such a wonderful school community.

Tune in to Christmas Day Mass
  • Faith
  • Performing Arts
  • Student Life

This Christmas, our very own Liturgical Choir will be joining Cardinal Cupich in celebrating Christmas Day Mass. You can watch the televised Mass this Sunday at 8a.m. on ABC!

Christmas Prayer Service
  • Faith
  • Performing Arts
  • Student Life

What a special Christmas Prayer Service! Thank you to everyone for participating in this joyous occasion and making McAuley a magical place this Christmas season.

Preparing for finals!
  • Student Life

Happy dogs and happy students preparing for finals! Thank you to our furry friends at PAWsitive Therapy Troupe for stopping by our finals study sessions.

Celebrating the season with Christmas Concerts!
  • Performing Arts
  • Student Life

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Choral Concert, Strings Concert and Brother Rice and Mother McAuley Band concert! There is no better way to get in the spirit than our Mighty Mac Christmas performances!

Senior named Posse Scholar
  • Academics
  • College Readiness

Congratulations Julia Ilarraza ‘23 on being selected as a Posse Scholar! Julia has been awarded a four-year, full tuition scholarship to University of Wisconsin-Madison. We are MIGHTY proud of Julia for this huge accomplishment!

Celebrating the Feast of the Immaculate Conception
  • Faith
  • Student Life

We gathered today to celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception together in a beautiful mass presided by Fr. Mark Walter. Our Liturgical Choir and String Ensemble filled the auditorium with moving music. Thank you to everyone who participated and planned the mass.

We have so much to be grateful for this Christmas Season!

Join us for our Christmas Concerts!
  • Alumnae News
  • Performing Arts
  • Student Life

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.

Illinois State Scholars Announced
  • Academics
  • College Readiness

We are so proud of our 37 Illinois State Scholars from the Class of 2023! Illinois State Scholars are chosen based on exemplary college entrance examination scores and record high school achievement. 

Winter sports are underway!
  • Athletics

Check out the varsity schedules here and come cheer on our Mighty Macs! For location details and any updates on all the teams head to our athletics website.

Learn more!

A Prayer of Thanksgiving
  • Faith

In this season of gratitude, Laura Snow Gawlik and her Peer Ministry Group wrote a prayer for the Mercy Education System of the Americas, which was shared in their newsletter on November 22!

Support McAuley this Giving Tuesday

Everyone can have an impact on Giving Tuesday. Make McAuley your gift choice and show your support for McAuley students. Your gift helps educate women who will use their talents to build a better world. Every gift, no matter the size, counts and means even more when we give together. 

Donate Now!

Grade School Basketball Night - come cheer on the Macs!
  • Athletics
  • Jr. High Events

Come cheer on the Macs as they take on Rosary on Thursday, December 1, 2022. The varsity game starts at 6:30pm. There will be giveaways, raffles, games, and pizza with the team after the game! Wear your Mighty Mac gear!

First Semester Macs with Merit announced

This morning, we honored our Macs with Merit. These students were selected by a teacher or staff member on behalf of their honorable character, diligent work ethic and notable contributions to the McAuley community. We are so proud of these amazing Mighty Macs! 

The Little Mermaid makes a splash!
  • Performing Arts
  • Student Life

Congratulations to every member of this year’s all school musical production, “The Little Mermaid” on a sold out weekend of incredible performances!

Freshman student leads charge for Veterans Day Drive
  • Service
  • Student Life

Our Campus Ministry organized a Veterans Day Drive in November thanks to freshman Naomi Cordova. Naomi is a member and the Junior Representative of the Marrs Meyer Post 991 American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and she proposed this drive be a collection specifically to help female veterans in need.

Bringing the IHSA 4A Volleyball State Championship trophy home to MacNation!
  • Alumnae News
  • Athletics
  • School Leadership
  • Student Life

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.

Mighty Macs are State Champions!
  • Athletics
  • Student Life

Congratulations to our varsity Volleyball Team for winning the Class 4A State Championship! On Saturday, the Mighty Macs defeated Benet Academy to bring home their 16th State Title!

Celebrating state-bound athletes!
  • Athletics
  • Student Life

Yesterday we sent our Macs off to State with a MacNation Pep Rally. Diver Sarah Speski ‘24 and the Mighty Mac volleyball team will be competing. Good luck this weekend! We are cheering you on!

Black Student Union hosts Cultural Spotlight Panel
  • Diversity, Equity & Belonging
  • Student Life

The Black Student Union hosted a Cultural Spotlight Panel during lunch periods today. Student panelists shared their culture, ethnicity and heritage through conversation with peers. discussing and learning about diversity within our McAuley community. Thank you to our Black Student Union for hosting the wonderful event!

Swimmer breaks two school records!
  • Athletics

Congratulations to all of our sectional swimmers. Megan Moore ‘24 broke two school records and the team dropped time in almost all events!

Six athletes sign letters of intent
  • Athletics
  • College Readiness

We are MIGHTY proud of our senior athletes who signed letters of intent to play collegiate sports today on National Signing Day!

Diver qualifies for state!
  • Athletics

Congratulations to Sarah Speski ‘24 on qualifying for the IHSA State Diving Finals! We are MIGHTY proud. MacNation is cheering you on.

Macs are headed to state!
  • Athletics

Congrats to our Varsity Volleyball team on their win against Joliet West last night in the super sectional championship. The Mighty Macs are now headed to the State Championship in Normal, IL the weekend of November 11-12!

A MIGHTY night at our November Open House!
  • Academics
  • College Readiness
  • Faith
  • Jr. High Events
  • STEM
  • Service
  • Student Life

Thank you to everyone who attended Open House! We had a great time showing you around our school and sharing the wonderful academics and activities we have to offer! We hope to see you again soon.

Kairos 153
  • Faith
  • Student Life

Sending prayers and good thoughts to all our students and faculty members attending Kairos 153 this weekend!!

Alumnae share insights on careers in nursing
  • Alumnae News
  • College Readiness

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!
  • Alumnae News

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!

Volleyball team wins Sectional Championship!
  • Athletics

The Mighty Macs are Sectional Champions after defeating Marist in the Sectional Finals. They will advance to the Super Sectional Championship at Eisenhower High School on November 4 at 6:30pm. Let's go Macs!

Students participate in Cook County Indigent Burial Ceremony
  • Faith
  • Service

Last Week, our Peer Ministers participated in the Cook County Indigent Burial Ceremony at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Burying the Dead is a work of Mercy and our McAuley Peer Ministers were witness to this act of Mercy in action alongside students from Br. Rice and St. Lawrence. Thank you to Fr. Larry Sullivan, Bishop Wypych and Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board President, for leading the services. May we pray for the souls of all who were remembered.

Celebrating All Saints' Day with Mass
  • Diversity, Equity & Belonging
  • Faith

Today we gathered for our All Saints’ Day Mass. Students Arianna, Andrea, Gianna, Ndeye, and Irsa said our petitions in English, Spanish, Polish, French and Urdu. We remember the souls who have gone before and we all grieve and celebrate together.

Art students raise money for The Mercy Home for Boys and Girls
  • Student Life
  • Visual Arts

Happy Halloween! Last week was The NAHS Great Pumpkin Auction!  Faculty, staff and students were able to bid on their favorite pumpkins and proceeds benefited The Mercy Home for Boys and Girls. Our Mighty Mac artists did a bootiful job.

Not-So-Haunted House a spooktacular success!
  • Alumnae News
  • Student Life

We had a spooktacular time at our annual Not-So-Haunted House! Members of our clubs and organizations planned Halloween-themed games and activities for our young guests to enjoy! 

Macs Walk for a Cure
  • Service
  • Student Life

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Macs Walk for a Cure Event! Over 350 participants were able to raise over $800 for the OSF Breast Cancer Center. 

Celebrating 40 years of the Misericordia Heartbreakers
  • Student Life

Celebrating 40 years of the Misericordia Heartbreakers! Last week was our annual NHS Fall Fest. This was the first time in three years that we have celebrated in person with the Heartbreakers! Best McAuley Fall Tradition since 1985!

Thank you to our senior athletes!
  • Athletics

We love our Seniors! Thank you to all of our Fall Sport Senior Athletes for your hard work and dedication to MacNation! We are mighty proud of all your accomplishments!

Students receive hands-on and experiential learning opportunities through field trips
  • Academics
  • Alumnae News
  • Athletics
  • College Readiness
  • Diversity, Equity & Belonging
  • Performing Arts
  • STEM
  • Service
  • Student Life

Our Mighty Macs have been busy in the city! Check out what they’ve been up to on recent field trips across the Chicagoland area, including to Bigane Pving Company Asphalt Plant, the National Museum of Mexican Art, the Lewis University Television Network, and more!

Tennis state qualifiers
  • Athletics

Congratulations to Maddy McNamara ‘23 and Mairead Doran ‘23 for qualifying for State in tennis two years in a row! This dynamic doubles team celebrated Mighty Mac style with the first cart ride of the year!

Hispanic Heritage Month Closing Prayer Service
  • Diversity, Equity & Belonging
  • Faith
  • Student Life

To close out our Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations, students who are part of Latinas Lead, UNITY Community, and our National Spanish Honor Society, planned a prayer service and breakfast before school on October 13.

Welcoming Jr. High artists!
  • Jr. High Events
  • Visual Arts

Thank you to all the future macs who joined us for our Junior High Art Workshop. We are mighty impressed with all of your creations!

Celebrating International Day of the Girl
  • Academics
  • Athletics
  • College Readiness
  • Faith
  • Performing Arts
  • STEM
  • Service
  • Student Life
  • Visual Arts

Every day at McAuley we celebrate girls. On International Day of the Girl we especially celebrate the opportunity McAuley provides for young women to become empowered leaders that change the world.

Celebrate Halloween with spooky fun!
  • Alumnae News
  • Student Life

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!

The first Kairos of the year!
  • Faith

The first Kairos Retreat of the school year left today! Sending prayers to all our students and faculty members attending K152 this weekend!

Calling all Jr High artists!
  • Jr. High Events
  • Visual Arts

Get creative and discover your talents with the Mother McAuley Art Department! Choose one of five projects to learn more about painting, digital imaging, sculpture, drawing or photography! 

Learn More & Register

Registration now open for the Junior High Symphony Orchestra
  • Jr. High Events
  • Performing Arts

Join our performing arts faculty for a Junior High Symphony Orchestra! No experience necessary. Instruments will be provided. Students will perform with the McAuley Symphony Orchestra at the Christmas and Spring Concerts. The cost is $100, which will cover the rehearsal sessions and performance apparel. 

Learn More & Register

Happy Mercy Day!
  • Faculty and Staff News
  • Faith
  • Performing Arts
  • Student Life

Yesterday, we had such a wonderful all school ceremony celebrating the legacy of Catherine McAuley.

State-of-the-art turf field installed
  • Athletics
  • Student Life

We are thrilled to improve our athletic experience by adding a state-of-the-art turf field for our student athletes. This field brings our student athletes back to campus to practice and compete. We look forward to having our student athletes take the field and continue to build a community around these sports and each other.

Save the date for Mercy Day of Giving!
  • Alumnae News

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!

Join us for the first open house of the year!
  • Jr. High Events

Be a part of MacNation! Join us for our first Open House on Sunday, September 25 from 11:00am - 1:00pm. No registration required.

The first 100 students to attend the Open House will receive a McAuley gift!

Honor Society Induction Ceremony
  • Academics
  • Student Life

Congratulations to the newly inducted members of the National Honor Society, National Science Honor Society, and National English Honor Society!

Kicking off Hispanic Heritage Month 2022
  • Diversity, Equity & Belonging
  • Student Life

We kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month with the Latinas Lead Fiesta de Independencia!

Thank you to our Latinas Lead club for hosting this event and teaching us the History of Mexican Independence Day.

We are so excited to continue our Hispanic Heritage celebrations throughout the month!

Remembering September 11
  • Service
  • Student Life

Mother McAuley and Brother Rice Student Government members gathered to remember and honor the victims of 9/11 and their families. Together, they placed flags along Pulaski and 99th Street.

Class of 2024 Receives Class Rings
  • Student Life

The Juniors received their class rings & our very own Deacon Cislo blessed this Class of 2024 as they step into their new roles as upper class women in the school!

Mother McAuley names new Head Basketball Coach
  • Athletics

Mother McAuley is thrilled to announce that Curtis Lewis has been named the varsity basketball coach and assistant athletic director, effective immediately. Lewis brings more than 15 years of basketball coaching experience, a winning track record at various levels of competition including the collegiate level as a graduate assistant, and first-hand knowledge of the NCAA/NAIA recruiting policies, regulations, and admissions requirements.

Best of Both Worlds Bags Tournament
  • Student Life

On September 7, Mother McAuley and Brother Rice students participated in the Best of Both Worlds Bags Tournament on the Brother Rice football stadium. 93 team competed, and the students enjoyed food trucks and music. 

14 Students recognized by College Board
  • Academics

Congratulations to the 2022 College Board’s National Recognition Program awardees! 14 Mother McAuley students have been named National African American Recognition and National Hispanic Recognition Awardees! These academic honors recognize students for excelling on College Board assessments and in their classrooms!

"Tee"-ing our Students up for Success
  • Alumnae News

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!

Macs are Back!
  • Athletics
  • Student Life

The Mighty Mac volleyball team played Joliet Catholic in the first game of the year on August 23. MacNation came out to show their support as the team won in two games. 

Participate in our annual Vendor Fair!
  • Alumnae News
  • Parent Clubs

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
  • Alumnae News

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.

Fathers' Club Tuition Raffle
  • Parent Clubs

The winner of this raffle will have one year of Mother McAuley High School tuition PAID IN FULL for the 2022-2023 school year or $12,000 cash. Online sales will close on Saturday, August 13th at midnight. The winner will be drawn on Sunday, August 14th. Winner need not be present.

Purchase Tickets!

Support our Mighty Macs at the annual golf outing
  • Alumnae News

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!

Learn More

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

McAuley Celebrates Academic Honors in Class of 2022
  • Academics
  • Alumnae News
  • College Readiness
  • Student Life

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.

Senior athlete a 2022-23 All-State Academic Team Honorable Mention
  • Academics
  • Athletics

We are MIGHTY proud of senior tennis and lacrosse player Julia Ilarraza '23 who was announced as a 2022-23 All-State Academic Team Honorable Mention.

Nearly 500 nominations were received and she was one of fifty students selected by the committee! Way to go, Julia!


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