Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School recently announced the recipients of the 2019 Catherine McAuley Award: Nancy Lynch and senior Molly Maloney, both of Evergreen Park.
As part of its annual Mercy Day celebration, Mother McAuley bestows the Catherine McAuley Award on a senior student and a faculty or staff member who demonstrates a deep faith and commitment to the school and the students that inspires their co-workers, students and family members to be better stewards of Catherine McAuley’s vision.
Mercy Day celebrates Sept. 24, 1827, the day McAuley opened the first House of Mercy—a place to shelter and educate women and girls—on Lower Baggot Street in Dublin, Ireland. McAuley honors this day with a special assembly that features the award presentation.
Now in her 19th year at Mother McAuley, Lynch has positively impacted thousands of Mighty Macs. In her multifaceted role, she trains students to be student ambassadors who share the great news about McAuley with future Macs.
In addition, she plans and executes events including the freshman fiesta, freshman picnic, orientation and senior breakfast. Lynch also led the remodeling of the Macs Limited Spirit Wear Store.
According to Dean of Upperclasswomen Meg Gardner, Lynch is deserving of the honor.
“What sets Mrs. Lynch apart is her generous spirit and her compassionate nature,” Gardner said during the ceremony. “She is someone who gives to others without ever asking for anything in return. Nothing is ever too much, and anything is always possible when Mrs. Lynch is involved.”
Maloney has been a member of the cross-country team, varsity club, student government, National Honor Society, upperclasswomen advisory board, the spring play and the upcoming 2019 fall musical, “Grease.” Part of her extracurricular involvement includes leadership positions; Maloney is the current student government president and Varsity Club president.
Beyond school, Maloney has been selected to participate in the University of Chicago Future Leaders Program as well as Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Chicago Youth Commission. She also is a member of the Most Holy Redeemer/St. John Fisher Youth Ministry team.
“Molly is a servant leader whose compassion for others allows them to see their own greatness that lies within,” said Gardner. “Her permanent cheery smile brightens up every hallway and room she enters. Her selfless willingness to just jump in and help gets the job done with enjoyment. Her kind and caring presence ensures both friends and strangers that she is always there and willing to lend a happy, helping hand. Molly embodies Catherine McAuley’s spirit because of what she does and how she does it, always making Mother McAuley a better place because of her presence.”