Scott McLarty, Head of School
As I begin my second year as Head of School for Mercy High School, please let me extend my sincere thanks to all of you for your support of our beloved school. Just as the world desperately needs young women “of spiritual and intellectual depth, determination, and daring action to improve our world,” Mercy needs all of your prayers, time, talent, and treasure. On September 3rd, we turn 65 years old! With your support, we are celebrating this milestone by honoring the past, celebrating the present, and shaping the future.
Change is inevitable - there is no way around it. We all know that change can be hard. It is scary, disorienting, and even painful. It also brings growth, renewal, and joy. Change often shocks us out of complacency and gets us to refocus on what matters the most. These days, change seems not only to be inevitable, but constant. Since the 1990s, scholars have been describing our time using the acronym VUCA: Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity. That seems pretty accurate to me.
Here at Mercy, we’ve been asking ourselves: How do we prepare a generation of women to thrive in a VUCA world? How does one follow in Catherine McAuley’s footsteps today and “make some lasting efforts” for those most in need? How do we evolve to meet the changing needs of our students, while still honoring our 65-year history? We believe it is by shaping women who are fiercely determined to improve their world through Social Advocacy Based Learning (SABL). This is a bold and challenging new vision for Mercy High School. It requires the best of who we are as a Mercy community. All of us, board members, administrators, faculty, staff, students, parents, alumnae, friends, and benefactors, are called to embrace this opportunity - even when it’s challenging - with our own courage and fierce determination.
It’s tempting to focus on what might be lost in this process, instead of on what will be gained. Let me assure you, we are strengthening our deep commitment to the Mercy charism, our devotion to Catherine McAuley, Mother Mary Baptist Russell, Sister Mary Grace, Sister Mary Lois, and the countless others who laid the foundation for this beloved school. We are building on their legacy in the service of future generations of Skippers. The heart and soul of Mercy remain strong. I say this with confidence because SABL intentionally “roots Project Based Learning in the Critical Concerns of the Sisters of Mercy and their activist spirit to create social advocates in service of the common good.” This is how we continue building a future characterized by what Catherine McAuley called “the careful instruction of women” for the good of society.
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Yours in Mercy,