Our Lady of Mercy alum donates Catherine McAuley statue - Catholic Courier
A bronze statue of Sisters of Mercy founder Catherine McAuley was installed on a stone base at the main entrance to Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women in Brighton. (Photo courtesy of Dave Carro)

A bronze statue of Sisters of Mercy founder Catherine McAuley was installed on a stone base at the main entrance to Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women in Brighton. (Photo courtesy of Dave Carro)

Our Lady of Mercy alum donates Catherine McAuley statue

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.”

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