Sisters of Mercy Athletic Complex Dedicated as the “Field of Reality”
September 17, 2019 – Following the award-winning construction of the 700-seat Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Auditorium in 2003, Lewis Contractors was honored to once again return to the Mercy High School campus to construct the state-of-the-art athletic complex and turf field dedicated to the Sisters of Mercy. Just seven months after breaking ground for the new Sisters of Mercy Athletic Complex, Lewis Contractors is pleased to announce that the project was dedicated in a celebration for alumnae, benefactors, faculty, and students and their families.
Now home to the “Mercy Magic” athletic program, the complex “symbolizes the completion of a book end of the auditorium and athletic complex projects to transform Mercy High School to meet the needs of the 21st century young women in and around Baltimore” as Rich Huebler, Mercy trustee and project fundraising leader stated during the celebration. During his speech, Mr. Huebler went on to say that it was through President Mary Beth Lennon’s “unstoppable drive to lead this project to its completion that it is no longer a field of dreams, but a field of reality”.
The complex is aptly named for the Sisters of Mercy, who arrived in Baltimore in 1855 and who are celebrated as leaders and innovators in the fields of healthcare, academics, and social justice. Many of those Sisters attended the celebration including Sister Helen Amos, RSM, executive chair of the Board of Trustees of Mercy Medical Center; Sister Karen McNally, RSM, longtime leader of Stella Maris, and Mercy High School Trustee Sister Patricia Smith, RSM, Ph.D., who, in celebration of a “special birthday,” asked for gifts in honor of the project. As a complete surprise to Sister Pat, Ms. Lennon honored her by asking her to ring the Mount Saint Agnes “victory bell” for the very first time. Most recently located at Mercy Villa in Towson, this iconic bell will be permanently housed at the new athletic complex and celebrate future victories by the “Magic” teams.
Upon entering the complex, athletes, students, parents and guests are welcomed to the stands by the statue of Our Lady of Mercy with the Christ Child, originally a gift to Mount Washington Country School for Boys from their student cadets in 1963 and more recently installed at Mercy Villa.
Other guests of honor attending the celebration included Dr. Donna Hargrave, superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Baltimore; Ms. Mary Catherine Bunting, philanthropist, former Sisters of Mercy and retired nurse; Brother John Kane, F.S.C., president of Calvert Hall College High School; Mrs. Mary Mangione and members of her family; members of the construction and design teams; and many Mercy parents, students, trustees and alumnae.
The dedication began with a video, celebrating the Sisters of Mercy tenet of striving to “do ordinary things extraordinarily well” and closed with the ringing of the new Victory Bell. Less than 24 hours after the ceremony that bell rang once again, as the “Mercy Magic” Varsity Soccer Team celebrated their first victory against the Maryvale Preparatory School Lions on what was once a field of dreams, now a field of reality.