Mary McElroy
McGill-Toolen Class of 2011

By Rachel Robertson, Class of 2012

As a small town girl living in Robertsdale, Mary McElroy has always dreamed of living in the big city, and now she finally has her chance. Accepted to Barnard College in New York City, Mary has certainly made McGill-Toolen proud. Her hard work and leadership are exemplified not only through a rigorous course load but through varsity soccer and multiple clubs as well. Lettering in a varsity sport her junior and senior year, Mary has learned what balancing a schedule really means. Her commute to school takes an hour, and her soccer practice and homework often grow overwhelming. She explains that taking on so many responsibilities has taught her how to discover what is important in life: school, soccer, family, and friends. Even with athletics and academics, she always makes time for a social life. She credits McT for her Catholic education that readies her to face any challenge that may arise in the future. Devoted not only to God but to school as well, Mary serves in the Ambassador Club, National Honor Society, Scholars Bowl, Hi-Q Team, and The McGillian newspaper, using her impressive intellect to give back to McGill. She eagerly accepted the challenge of five AP classes her senior year, ultimately graduating with a 4.17 weighted GPA and 32 on the ACT. Becoming a National Merit Commended Student and voted Ideal Graduate of McT, Mary became the desired student of every college; she received an appointment to the Coast Guard Academy, was accepted to the Honors Program at Boston College, and was accepted to Fordham University where she was offered the Deanís Honor Scholarship. Despite all of her options, Mary was most attracted to Barnard College, where she will attend this upcoming fall majoring in environmental biology.

Campus Ministries

The campus ministry program at McGill-Toolen provides opportunities for the spiritual development of all students. It is a peer based ministry program, allowing students to minister to other students. It does so through numerous different activities:

Fall/Spring Retreats

These retreats are the apex of McT Campus Ministry. A team of seniors spend months and many many hours preparing an awesome weekend retreat. The weekend is under the direction of the Campus Minister, Daniel Johnson, but is completely run by the students. Students have the opportunity to hear talks, participate in small group discussions, participate in the sacraments, and have an all around good time! The weekend takes place at Camp Cullen on beautiful Mobile Bay. The little fee covers all retreat materials and all meals.

Any seniors interested are invited to be part of the retreat team tp plan each retreat.

Pro-Life Club

The Pro-Life club provides opportunities for students to be involved in promoting a greater respect for life in all stages - from conception until natural death. The year is highlighted by an annual pilgrimage to Washington , D.C. to participate in the March for Life. The club also participates in the annual area Life Chain, holds a Holy Hour for Life, attends pro-life conferences and works to support 2B Choices for Women, a local crisis pregnancy center.


This lock-in is for 7th and 8th grade Catholic students to help them grow in their faith. A team of McT junior students plans games, talks and more geared to a 7 th and 8 th grade audience. This is a great opportunity for grade school students to meet students from other schools. Listening to high school students share about their faith lives gives younger students insight into the challenges and opportunities of high school.

Praise and Worship

Once a week, students gather to worship God through inspirational songs. A short teaching is given on matters the Bible, matters of faith, or another topic. All students are welcome to participate! Currently, Praise and Worship meets every Monday night at 6:00 PM in the Toolen Chapel.

Project MAN

Project MAN is a men's prayer group founded to support and encourage young men to live lives of heroic virtue and fidelity to the Gospel. It meets Monday mornings at 7:15 AM in the Campus Ministry office.

Team Woman

Similar to Project MAN, Team Woman is a faith sharing and prayer group for young women The women meet once a week to discuss issues faced by young women in the Church and the world today. Meetings are Friday mornings at 7:15 AM in the Campus Ministry Office.

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