This year's Mercy Day celebration on Sept. 24 included a dance-filled tribute and, for the first time, a butterfly release!
With McAuley Hall filled with students, staff, faculty, friends, and family members, the ceremony began with a celebration of life for Sister Berenice Eltz, a beloved member of the Williamsburg and Walsingham communities.
Campus minister Mrs. Ann Efimetz and Mrs. Mary Johnston honored Sr. Berenice through photos and remembrances before welcoming students from both the Upper and Lower Schools to participate in one of Sr. Berenice's loves – dance.
Msgr. Joseph Lehman and Fr. John Baab were the celebrants of the liturgy, delivering a true message of mercy. The supremely talented Walsingham Academy Madrigals provided the music. After communion, the Class of 2020 received their official Mercy pins from Academy President Sister Mary Jeanne Oesterle and Upper School Director Mrs. Angie Baker.
The senior class then walked outside with our kindergarten students to release butterflies into the world. In prior years, biodegradable balloons were released but, with caring for the Earth as a critical concern for the Sisters of Mercy, the Academy shifted to butterflies.
The Lower School worked to rear nearly 40 caterpillars to the adult stage in preparation for Mercy Day!