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UDM honors Catherine McAuley with prayer service

Sr. Theresa Blaquiere, RSM (left) and Sr. Sally Smolen, RSM, from the House of Mercy lead the final song at the Mercy Day program, Sept. 24.

The University of Detroit Mercy remembered Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy and namesake of the McAuley School of Nursing, with a special prayer service and reception in the Fountain Lounge on Mecry Day, Sept. 24.

“It was a lovely opportunity to come together and celebrate the mission of Mercy within the University,” says Sr. Theresa Blaquiere, RSM, who was on the committee of Mercy sisters and associates who organized the event.

The date, Sept. 24, is significant to the Sisters of Mercy and the University. In addition to marking the Feast of Our Lady of Mercy, Sept. 24 is the day McAuley opened the first House of Mercy in Dublin in 1927, and the date the Sisters of Mercy opened Mercy College in Detroit in 1941.

Approximately 100 students, faculty, staff and area Sisters of Mercy attended the service, and afterward enjoyed tea and sweets in honor of McAuley’s last wish.

“She asked that the Sisters be provided with ‘a comfortable cup of tea,’ when she was gone,” says Sr. Blaquiere.