Conception Cathedral School celebrated its Inaugural Baggot Street Dinner on
Friday, March 20, 2015, during which faculty, staff and more than 100
guests honored retired high school principal Sally Hermsdorfer with the
school’s first Spirit of Mercy Award.
Hermsdorfer was accompanied by her husband Art and her brother and special
guest Archbishop of Seattle Peter Sartain.
years of service to Catholic education, particularly her 10 years at ICCS,
where she served as principal for six years, made her the overwhelming choice to be
the first recipient of the Spirit of Mercy Award.
in Dublin, Ireland, Baggot Street is the location on which Catherine McCauley,
the founder of the Sisters of Mercy, purchased a home in
1827 to provide a place for young, poor, working women and their
1922, the Sisters of Mercy founded Immaculate Conception School, where the
Mercy traditions of hospitality and service have continued for more than 90
Street recently became the formal name for the ICCS’s Annual Fund, which serves
to keep tuition affordable for families by helping to provide financial aid and
meet operating expenses not covered by tuition.
Photo: ICCS Retired principal Sally
Hermsdorfer is pictured with her brother Archbishop of Seattle Peter Sartain
(L) and Msgr. Val Handwerker, rector of IC Cathedral, after the March 20
ceremony during which she was honored as the school’s first recipient of the
Spirit of Mercy Award.