Summer 2020
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  • Special Messages
  • Reunion Updates
  • Alumnae News
  • Skippers Remembered
  • From Your Alumnae Archives
  • Mercy Girls Today
Special Messages
Message from Sister Carolyn

Dear Mercy Alums,

While this is the final newsletter coming to you from Mercy High School’s Alumnae Office, it is also a turning point for Mercy’s alumnae as we begin a new chapter. While the Coronavirus has slowed down our efforts, we will be re-founding the Mercy SF Alumnae Association as soon it is possible for all those interested in taking a new role as an alum to come together to get things rolling. Think about that and if you would like to be a part of the new alumnae association, let me know by contacting me at or We need women who reflect the diversity of Mercy graduates and who represent everyone from the classes of 1956 to 2020—this means that you are an important part of keeping the Mercy spirit alive!

In the meantime, we encourage you to network to plan class reunions and other events (as COVID-19 permits) around our identity as Mercy women. Stay in touch and keep us up to date on where you are and what you are up to. We will have the resources to communicate and network with you through the generosity of the Mercy Burlingame alumnae office, although we will maintain our identity as Mercy SF grads.

One of my great disappointments has been that the pandemic has made a farewell event at Mercy High School at best tentative for now. I have not given up hope and, in fact, I have been stowing away Mercy memorabilia as well as some “party supplies” for the day when we can have a gathering. Let me know if you’d like to help organize this once the time is right!

Finally, I want to personally thank Georgia Wasley who has served as Alumnae Development Officer for the last three years. Many of you have worked directly with Georgia on reunions and know what a true Mercy girl she is!

So...stay in touch...because “Mercy lives on forever!”

In Mercy,

Head of School
Message from Alumnae Office

My fellow Mercy Sisters,

Thank you for allowing me to flood your inbox with alumnae news, events, and updates the past three years. It has been my great pleasure to serve the Mercy alumnae community and I only wish I could do it forever. I will cherish the relationships I made with you, especially those of you whom I worked closely with on reunions, event committees, the Women’s Leadership Conference, and the Sisterhood Symposium just to name a few! My heart still breaks over the closing of our beloved school, but I trust that our Mercy Sisterhood will continue to live on not just in our hearts and memories, but in our actions as well. Nothing will ever break the bonds we forged on 19th Avenue and I must have faith that this is not 'goodbye' forever.

Our alumnae association must adapt and reestablish but I have complete faith that it will do just that. Stay in touch with your classmates and sisters from other classes. Continue to share news, either directly or through our Stay Connected page, as we have hopes of being able to share an electronic newsletter again someday soon. And please reach out with ideas for our association! I plan to remain an involved alumna so please don’t hesitate to contact me! My new email address is

I look forward to the day where we can all be together again. Reunions, events, and networking opportunities should not stop just because the school is physically closing. Let’s all work together to keep Mercy’s legacy alive and remembered for many years to come.

Forever Mercy,

Alumnae Development Officer
Reunion Updates
Upcoming Reunion Dates
CLASS OF 1960 - 60th Reunion

CLASS OF 1970 - 50th Reunion
Pre-cruise "Land Reunion"
Cruise Reunion
CLASS OF 1975 - 45th Reunion
  • Contact Lorrie Fogarty
  • Saturday, Sep. 19, 12-4 p.m. (Subject to reschedule per COVID-19)
  • Harding Park Clubhouse

CLASS OF 1980 - 40th Reunion

CLASS OF 1985 - 35th Reunion

CLASS OF 1990 - 30th Reunion

CLASS OF 2010 - 10th Reunion
Interested in becoming a reunion coordinator? Contact
Alumnae News & Events
Mercy Alumnae Association

The list of class representatives below will help our new alumnae association move forward. These representatives will act as liaisons between our alumnae association and their classes to help share and spread information. If you don’t see your class represented below, email to nominate yourself or a classmate to act as a representative.

Class Representatives
Class of 1956

Class of 1957
  • Class Rep needed

Class of 1958

Class 1959

Class of 1960

Class of 1961

Class of 1962
  • Class Rep needed

Class of 1963

Class of 1964

Class of 1965

Class of 1966

Class of 1967
  • Class Rep needed

Class of 1968

Class of 1969

Class of 1970

Class of 1971
  • Class Rep needed

Class of 1972

Class of 1973

Class of 1974

Class of 1975

Class of 1976

Class of 1977

Class of 1978

Class of 1979

Class of 1980

Class of 1981

Class of 1982
  • Class Rep needed

Class of 1983

Class of 1984

Class of 1985

Class of 1986
  • Class Rep needed

Class of 1987

Class of 1988

Class of 1989
Class of 1990

Class of 1991
  • Class Rep needed

Class of 1992
  • Class Rep needed

Class of 1993

Class of 1994

Class of 1995
  • Class Rep needed

Class of 1996

Class of 1997

Class of 1998

Class of 1999

Class of 2000
  • Class Rep needed

Class of 2001
  • Class Rep needed

Class of 2002
  • Class Rep needed

Class of 2003

Class of 2004

Class of 2005
  • Class Rep needed

Class of 2006

Class of 2007

Class of 2008

Class of 2009

Class of 2010

Class of 2011

Class of 2012

Class of 2013

Class of 2014
  • Class Rep needed

Class of 2015
  • Class Rep needed

Class of 2016
  • Class Rep needed

Class of 2017

Class of 2018
  • Class Rep needed

Class of 2019
  • Class Rep needed

Class of 2020
  • Class Rep needed
Other Information to Stay in Touch
In addition to the above information, please note the following:

Attention: To Our Newest Mercy Alumnae
Class of 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023

The only email address we have on file for you is your Mercy email address. Please fill out the form below to update your information so that we can stay in touch with you! 

Wishing you all the best this summer and next school year!

PARENTS OF NEW ALUMNAE: Please have your daughter update her email address with us if she doesn't see this newsletter!

Mercy Sweatshirt Order Update

Thank you all so much for purchasing your Mercy sweatshirts —wear them proudly as you are all part of Mercy's legacy!

All sweatshirts have been shipped unless otherwise noted by Bekah specifically.

Contact Bekah Paige,
Skippers Remembered
Shirley Gilmore Knight '66
March 19, 1948 - March 18, 2020

Shirley passed away after a long courageously fought battle with cancer while residing at a nursing home in Rohnert Park, CA where she had been staying for the last month of her life. She is survived by her son Jason (Christina) Knight, 2 grandsons, Sister Judy-Class of 1960 (Bill) LaCosse, Brothers Jim (Paula), Ray (Sandy) and Richard Gilmore and 12 nieces and nephews, 1 uncle, 1 aunt and 20 cousins. She was predeceased by her parents, Jack and Edith Gilmore and 2 nephews, 21 aunts and uncles and 11 cousins.
Kathleen Luhman '68
September 8, 1950 - May 14, 2020

It is with a heavy heart to announce the passing of Kathleen M. Luhman after a long courageous health battle. Daughter of the late Arthur J. and Mary P. Luhman, sister of the late Arthur E. and William C. Luhman. Survived by sister in law Diane, and a host of cousins and friends.

Read more ...
Christine McDowell Stachnik '75
December 25, 1956 - June 14, 2020

Chris was born on Christmas Day 1956 and was the oldest of 7 children. She died (unexpectedly) on June 14, 2020. Chris graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Electrical Engineering. She was married to Bob Stachnik and had three children: David, Stephen and Sarah. In recent years she worked and was an oblate at St. Andrew's Abbey, a Benedictine monastery.
Elisa “Lili” Barbagelata Swenson '78
January 11, 1960 - June 9, 2020

Elisa Jane (Barbagelata) Swenson was born in San Francisco, California. She was fondly called by her nickname "Lili," and was the third eldest of John and Angela Barbagelata's eight children. It seems God tasked Lili with the job of making the world more beautiful.

Read more ...
Skippers Remembered: July 2019 to June 2020

View our full list of Skippers remembered from the past year.

From Your Alumnae Archives
From the Archive of:
Kristin Steckley Szabo '84
Mercy Girls Today
Student News & Events, For You!
Mercy Art & Literature Flourish: Legacy

Despite all the changes and upheaval of this semester, our students continued to pursue their creative passions. More than 50 pages of art, poetry and prose was featured in this year's special e-zine edition of Legacy, Mercy's annual literary magazine.

A very special congratulations to Legacy's Spring Contest Winner:

Jocelyn Leon Guerrero '21 for her work entitled, A Final Tribute to Mercy San Francisco
Class of 2020 Graduation

Thank you to everyone who tuned into Mercy’s 65th and final graduation commencement ceremony on May 30, 2020.

An equally big thank you to all alumnae and friends of Mercy who contributed generously to the Senior iPad gift. The grads were over the moon with surprise and gratitude! Thank you Maureen McGovern Kelly '81, Jay Elliot '81 and Kathleen Dowling McDonough '81 for bringing this extraordinary idea into reality!!
I was shocked! I couldn't believe it pinch me, this is a dream. I am so thankful to Mercy alums for this surprise!!

-Andrea Ayala '20
Thanks so much! My daughter and friends were thrilled with the gifts! Starting at the first group of girls picking up diplomas, the excited calls started to other classmates about the glorious gift! Oh the happy screams and smiles!

-Stacy Taylor '84
Parent of Kaylee Yiakis '20
All School Recap Video

Created by students Natalie Hoang '21 and Kailey Sao '21
Please Keep Our Transferring Skippers in Your Thoughts and Prayers

Our Skippers are beginning their new schools in the fall and appreciate your well wishes, prayers, and support. Half of our students are transferring to Riordan, followed by a quarter of our students who will be attending Mercy Burlingame.

Other schools that our rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors will be attending include: Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep, ICA Cristo Rey, San Francisco High School of the Arts, Saint Ignatius, Convent, KIPP San Francisco, Westmoor, El Camino High School, Stanford Online School, Orange Lutheran High School in Southern California, and Alvin ISD in Texas.

All of our students were commissioned as Women of Mercy in May so the Mercy Legacy will remain with them forever. Thank you for keeping them in your hearts and prayer!
Stay Connected with Alumnae
You may continue to update your contact information with our alumnae association through our Stay Connected form .