Mercy in Action

Mount de Sales is sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, a Catholic order founded by Catherine McAuley in 1831 and known for educating and providing services for disadvantaged youth and women. Today, the Sisters of Mercy address five critical concerns:

  • The earth and the sustainability of life
  • Immigration
  • Non-violence
  • Racism
  • The needs of women

Mount de Sales mobilizes student and faculty volunteers to address these concerns in our community and to put mercy into action.

Motivated to Serve

Our students embody the practice of servant leadership. As servant leaders, students are challenged to become more self-aware, listen and demonstrate empathy, enable positive change, build a sense of community, and promote stewardship.

Each middle school grade participates in school-sponsored service projects. Upper school students are required to volunteer 20 hours each year. Five hours must be through a Mercy in Action sponsored event, so that members of our community will grow and learn to be servant leaders together. Students are also invited to work with the Theology department to create their own Mercy in Action event that addresses local needs.

Impact on the Community


During the 2015-16 school year, we…

  • Renovated 10 houses for Rebuilding Macon
  • Tutored Alexander II students for 1,280 hours
  • Made 15 blankets for patients at the Children’s Hospital
  • Knitted 50 hats for cancer patients
  • Created and taught specialized health and wellness classes for students at Alex II
  • Adopted 12 grandparents at Carlyle Place
  • Decorated ceiling tiles for the children’s wing of Coliseum Hospital
  • Fasted to raise awareness of hungry citizens
  • Helped at the Macon Outreach Community Garden
  • Gave 24 care packages to homeless citizens
  • Hosted a field day for St. Peter Claver School at Cavalier Fields
  • Raised awareness about fair trade products
  • Played and organized bingo at Saint Paul’s Apartments
  • Collected 3,000 canned goods for St. Peter Claver’s food pantry
  • Prepared 245 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child
  • Served meals and helped 70 clients shop at the St. Peter Claver food pantry