MDS is Mercy.
Across campus this past week, Mount de Sales Academy has been celebrating Mercy week where we focus on the four Mercy values started by the Sisters of Mercy: Spirituality, Service, Community, and Social Justice. We strive to embody these values at Mount de Sales Academy and seek to carry them out through our words and actions.
This is at the forefront of MDS students and faculty; to connect with the human spirit and celebrate our faith. We invite those of all faiths to participate and sing during Mass. This year, Father Casey hosts his club, Flex with Father—one for middle school and high school— where they participate in faith-focused discussion and learn how to live a more Christ-centered life.
A pillar of the Mount de Sales mission is that we are motivated to serve. Each year, every Upper School student must complete a set number of volunteer hours; it’s what we call Mercy in Action. Mercy is nothing without the ability for us to take an action to lead by Christ’s example. Right now, students are raising awareness for our Love for Louisiana campaign to provide much-needed school supplies for a school in the Houma-Thibodaux Diocese directly impacted by hurricane Ida.
Father Casey said that one of the best ways to be closer to Christ is to join a faith-based community. Mount de Sales is one such community, unlike any other. When a child needs help getting to school, one email to our families in the neighborhood secures someone help. When a student’s family hosted Joshua’s Wish 5K in honor of their child who was lost to cancer, the student council volunteered to host the water station and the middle school cheerleaders rallied the runners.
With the emergence of Mount de Sales’s Diversity Awareness Club, more awareness to stand up for equality and social justice has never been stronger. Items were donated to the Brookdale Warming Center and educational lectures on the importance of respectful communication were hosted on MDS campus. These movements are student-driven and a great testament to how essential it is that we uphold these Mercy values, because they are ingrained in our student body.
This week, we also bring to the forefront a powerful message from Micah 6:8 t: to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God.
Act Justly: At MDS, the religious teachings help us to identify the wrongdoings in the world and then put in the work to correct them.
Love Mercy: It’s critical to know mercy requires both inward disposition and outward action.
Walk Humbly: With God’s grace, we learn to walk side-by-side with our sisters and brothers and treat each other with love and respect.
Each Cavalier upholds these values to make the world a better place. Students and faculty lead the way in Mercy.
Mount de Sales Academy is a private Catholic school located in Macon, GA, and serves students in Bibb, Houston, Jones, Monroe, Peach and other surrounding counties. MDS is sponsored and inspired by the Sisters of Mercy. Since 1876, MDS has served a diverse college-preparatory community of learners—students and teachers alike—who are poised to discover, challenged to innovate, and motivated to serve.