Eight Sisters of Mercy recently celebrated milestone anniversaries. Celebrating 60 years as Sisters of Mercy are Sister Mary Ann Shimek, Sister M. Gertrude Keefe, Sister Mary Irene Burns, Sister Pauline Fox, and Sister Elizabeth Derga. Celebrating golden jubilees of 50 years are Sister M. Rebecca Fidler, Sister Mary Patricia Conlan, and Sister Annette Fiala. A Mass honoring their 220 combined years of service was held at the Chapel of Mercy on June 13, 2010.
The Sisters of Mercy also celebrated the reception of three Sisters who received humanities degrees from Mount Mercy: Sister Mary Irene Burns, who received a Bachelor of Arts degree of history, Sister Pauline Fox, who earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, and Sister Elizabeth Derga, who received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Sisters Derga, Burns and Fox served as longtime teachers in the Cedar Rapids and surrounding area.