Mount Mercy alumna appointed president of Sisters of Mercy West Midwest

Mount Mercy alumna Sister Laura Reicks '78, of Dubuque, Iowa, was named president of the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community this spring. Sister Reicks will serve a five-year term as president starting July 1. She will reside in Omaha, Neb., to fulfill her responsibilities at the Central Office for the West Midwest Community.

Sister Reicks was previously treasurer for Sisters of Charity, BVM, of Dubuque, and brings 24 years of leadership experience to her role as president. She spent seven years as the executive director of the National Association for Treasurers of Religious Institutes (NATRI), six years as associate director for the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO), and four years as a member of the Leadership Team of the former Cedar Rapids Regional Community of the Sisters of Mercy.

She also served in several business management positions, including associate treasurer of the Sisters of Mercy Regional Community of St. Louis, Mo. Sister Reicks began her ministry teaching at Catholic schools throughout Iowa and Montana. In addition to holding her bachelor's degree in elementary education from Mount Mercy, she has a master's degree from the University of Iowa.

Her election as president was announced at the West Midwest Community's Assembly held in April as the organization chose their leadership team and discussed the direction the community would take over the next five years.

"The lives of an incredible number of people are touched each day by the presence and ministries of Sisters of Mercy, Associates, and co-workers," Sister Reicks said. "I feel honored to be called to the ministry of leadership as together we make visible the Incarnation of God among us and through us in the Works of Mercy."

Members of the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community serve in 32 states and four countries, with the administrative center located in Omaha, Neb. The Sisters of Mercy were founded by Sister Catherine McAuley with special intentions of serving the sick, poor and uneducated. For more information, visit the Sisters of Mercy Website.

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