A Message from Sister Rosemary

July 9, 2021     

Dear Friends,

I hope you had a relaxing 4th of July holiday weekend. I am writing to let you know that on Sunday, July 4, The New York Times featured a powerful Guest Essay article from our good friend and fellow MFA parent David Axelrod. If you haven't read it yet, please take the time to do so. I am sharing it in this email as an attachment. We are so grateful to David and Susan for taking the time to share their (and their beautiful daughter Lauren's) story with The New York Times readership and grateful, too, to The New York Times for publishing it. I know that David and Susan have heard from numerous legislators and countless readers who thanked them for sharing this very personal story, and the entire Misericordia community is so grateful, too.  

Throughout the years, we have been fortunate and blessed to have many MFA families take an active role in sharing our concerns with legislators both far and wide.  Additionally, many of you have supported Together for Choice (https://www.togetherforchoice.org/), and it continues to be a voice that is heard throughout the country, thanks to your support.  These approaches have all been very effective, but nothing is more effective than when we all come together to share our voice, share our concerns, and share our stories. I can't tell you how important it is for you to get to know your state and federal elected officials, and for them to get to know you. 

Because of this, I am respectfully giving you all a little homework assignment (as you know, I used to be a teacher and miss this part). Please take the time to share your story with your US Senators (Sen. Durbin and Sen. Duckworth), US Representative, IL Senator, and IL Representative. Please include a copy of the attached New York Times article, too, to serve as a reminder.  

If you don't know your elected officials, please visit the link below and enter your address. Your elected officials will be listed, along with their contact information.  

https://www.elections.il.gov/ElectionOperations/DistrictLocator/AddressFinder.aspx?T=637612402003820910

Many thanks for all you continue to do to Keep Misericordia Strong. I hope you are having a great summer and I look forward to seeing you when we are able to gather again on campus.  

Gratefully,

Sister Rosemary

Click here to view/download NYT article