Mercy News Article
September 24, 2013
In celebration of Mercy Day, Sept. 24, which is the anniversary of Catherine McAuley's opening of the first House of Mercy in Dublin, Ireland in 1827, the College of Health Professions hosted the blessing of the sculpture, "Spirit of Mercy," created by Sr. Marie Henderson, RSM '71, an adjunct faculty member in the School of Architecture.
The bronze relief sculpture depicts the figure of Sisters of Mercy foundress Catherine McAuley with two children; Nelson Mandela, former South Africa president and anti–apartheid leader; Mother Theresa (behind a child), who founded the Missionaries of Charity and worked with the poor in India; Desmond Tutu, South African social rights activist and retired Anglican Archbishop; St. Elizabeth Seton, foundress of the Sisters of Charity who opened the first Catholic school in the U.S; two healthcare workers and two Sisters of Mercy (circa 1831). The building depicts the original House of Mercy on Baggot Street in Dublin, Ireland, where Catherine McAuley first began her works of mercy; and the Mercy Cross.