As part of the annual worldwide celebration of Mercy Day Sept. 24, Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women in Brighton unveiled a statue of Catherine McAuley, who founded the Sisters of Mercy.
The statue, situated outside Mercy’s main gallery entrance off Clover Street, was sculpted by Sister of Mercy Marie Henderson, a faculty member at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture in Michigan. A week before Mercy Day, Sister Henderson loaded the the 5-foot, 2-inch, 300-pound bronze statue in her minivan and drove to Rochester to oversee the installation process.
The statue was a gift from Kathleen Bonsignore Walgreen from the Class of 1961.
“I commissioned the statue to pay homage to Catherine McAuley,” Walgreen said in a Sept. 30 press release from the school. “It is a visible reminder of the vision of Mercy Catherine had for the entire world.”