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Mount Mercy's Faculty and Staff Serve the Local Community

  Recently the Mount Mercy Academy faculty and staff participated in a Service Retreat.  The day began at the academy with a prayer service. The service highlighted the meaning of Mercy, and the ways in which the foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, Catherine McAuley, created a legacy of Mercy.  

The faculty and staff were split up into small groups and then the groups spent the morning volunteering with six different Buffalo community partners.  Service was provided at Ronald McDonald House of Buffalo, Salvation Army, City Mission, Journey’s End, Rooted in Love, and St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy.  

    The volunteers the Ronald McDonald house, a place for families to stay when they have a child receiving care at a Buffalo hospital, made lunch for the guests. While at the Salvation Army, Mount Mercy’s volunteers prepared food bags and “Angel Tags”, which are distributed to local organizations for giving trees and other Christmas programs that allow the community members to pick a tag and then provide an appropriate gift for a child. At the City Mission the group sorted clothing donations.  Volunteers at Journey’s End got to work on the Urban Farm helping to organize and winterize the greenhouse.  The greenhouse and surrounding area on the Urban Farm allows refugee families a space to farm.  At Rooted in Love members of the Mount Mercy staff helped organize clothing donations, packing food bags for children at their public school partners, and taking inventory in the pantry.  The St. Luke’s team organized 40 boxes of clothes.  

The day of service allowed the Mount Mercy personnel to address the Critical Concerns of the Sisters of Mercy.  Lunch at an immigrant-owned restaurant culminated the day. The retreat was organized by Mount Mercy’s campus minister, Mary Colby.

 

"Mount Mercy has taught me some of the most important things in my life and I am so grateful for that. I know that incorporating the principles of a woman of Mercy has made me the best version of myself. I can only hope that in the future, I will continue to grow and teach others the valuable lessons that I was taught at Mount Mercy. While I have learned so many things here, the greatest thing by far that I have learned is that DNA does not always make a family, love makes a family and that is exactly what I have gained here, a second family."

Mariah Rullan

Class of 2019

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