AOLG students appreciate Mercy history

Pictured, left to right, are seniors Audrey Santos and Jasmine Park with the Sisters of Mercy “Founders” panel displayed at the Mercy 70th Anniversary Traveling Museum exhibit set up at the Academy. (USY Photo / AOLG)

By Sabryn Artero, AOLG Senior
For the Umatuna Si Yu’os

From Nov. 13, 2017 to Nov. 17, 2017, the Mercy 70th Anniversary Traveling Museum made its way to the Academy of Our Lady of Guam, finding its place in the school’s Gathering Room.

Students from all grade levels were able to visit the museum displays during their respective Theology class periods.

The museum displayed a collection of items from the history of the religious Sisters of Mercy on island for the past 70 years. Different exhibits highlighted the Sisters of Mercy in different fields, most especially that of education.

On Guam, the sisters have made their mark in education through the administration of archdiocesan Mercy schools such as Academy of Our Lady of Guam, Saint Anthony Catholic School, Bishop Baumgartner Memorial Catholic School, and Santa Barbara Catholic School.

The Sisters of Mercy also own and operate the two Guam nurseries Infant of Prague and Mercy Heights Nursery and Kindergarten.

Students were able to look through relics pertaining to the Academy, such as yearbooks, old photographs, and even a few copies of the former school newspaper entitled “Pinstripe Press.”

Many students enjoyed searching for, and eventually finding, their grandmothers, mothers, and other relatives in past yearbooks. Some students even went as far as to find their current teachers in their respective yearbooks.

Overall, the Mercy 70th Anniversary Traveling Museum provided the students of the Academy with both an excellent and entertaining opportunity to learn more about the history of the Sisters of Mercy.

In addition to informational posters, the tangible items on display gave students a physical representation of the past and, at the same time, increased their comprehension as well as interest.