Thursday, Sept. 21 was the annual Morning of Mercy for ICCS upper school students, during which the girls visited area nonprofit organizations to perform service work. Students volunteered their time at Catholic Charities, the Memphis Public Library, Dorothy Day House, Manna House, Memphis Botanic Gardens, and the Jubilee Schools Network. After their morning of service, students gathered back at campus to share their experiences over a lunch of chili, crackers, and water. The simple lunch menu has become a Morning of Mercy tradition to symbolize solidarity with the poor.
The Morning of Mercy preceded the campus' Mercy Day celebrated on Friday, Sept. 22, a day set aside in Mercy communities worldwide to honor Mother Catherine McAuley. Mother McAuley was the founder of the Sisters of Mercy who established what was then known as Immaculate Conception School in 1922. Ninety-six years later, ICCS remains committed to teaching God's mercy in word and action.