The Legacy Prevails: Blessing the new entrance to the Alpha Complex

On Wednesday, May 1, the Sisters of Mercy of Jamaica hosted an official ceremony to bless the new entrance to the Alpha Complex.


Due to the significant rise in vehicular and pedestrian traffic moving in and out of the campus over the years, the expansion project was decided on as a means of reducing the safety and security risks which accompany this traffic increase. Additionally, the new entryway has also helped to refresh the property’s aesthetic while making the organisation’s presence more prominent in the Downtown corporate area. The construction was funded by the Sisters of Mercy of Jamaica along with donations from the Alpha Academy alumnae. This project is one of a series of major development activities which have been implemented by the Sisters in recent years with the aim of further establishing their schools as first-class learning environments which meet the needs of the 21st century Mercy student. Other development projects have included the construction of the Alpha School of Music; St. John Bosco Vocational Training’s state-of- the-art educational complex; and Mount St. Joseph Prep’s newly renovated library and cafeteria.

The event took place on the grounds of Convent of Mercy Academy “Alpha” and was attended by students and staff from the Mercy group of schools along with specially invited guests from the religious community and the Ministry of Education and Youth. The ceremony began with opening remarks from Sister Susan Frazer, RSM (Area Administrator, Sisters of Mercy of Jamaica). Afterwards, the blessing was given by the Most Rev. Kenneth Richards DD, CD (Archbishop of Kingston), with special greetings from the Most Rev. Santiago De Wit Guzman (the Apostolic Nuncio); and Ms. Terry-Ann Thomas Gayle (Acting Chief Education Officer). The event concluded with closing remarks from Ms. Marcia Tai Chun (Chief Executive Officer, Sisters of Mercy of Jamaica), followed by a March Past and a Celebration March around the Complex.

The day also marked the 144th anniversary of the establishment of Alpha by its Foundress, Jessie Ripoll and her companions. As such, the blessing of the new entryway served to honour the legacy of Alpha and is a clear sign to all of the Sisters of Mercy’s growing ministry and commitment to care for the needs of those they serve.

Alpha Primary students dressed as the first set of children who joined Jessie Ripoll’s “Alpha Cottage” orphanage.
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