Remembering Mercy’s first principal
Sr. Mary Francesca Scholarship
In 1928, Our Lady of Mercy High School opened its doors to 72 freshmen. That year, the faculty consisted of six Sisters of Mercy, including teacher and Principal, Sister Mary Francesca Connor, RSM. Sister Francesca dutifully served in her role as principal for nearly three decades and helped inspire and expand the Circle of Mercy. Sister Francesca, who professed her vows in 1914, served as an educator in the Diocese of Rochester for 45 years. She was a “visionary and a fierce advocate” for improving educational standards. Always willing to give of her time, Sister Francesca took an interest in knowing all the academic and personal achievements of her students.
In 1964, the Sister Mary Francesca Scholarship was established as a way to honor Sister Francesca on her Golden Jubilee for her love of teaching and exemplary leadership abilities. The scholarship is awarded to two students from each grade 9-12; each student receiving $2,000 over their four years at Mercy. To qualify for the scholarship, the student must be a daughter, granddaughter, niece or sister of an alumna.
We are eternally grateful for our generous alumnae who help us ensure Mercy is a school where young women can receive a world-class education for generations to come. In anticipation of your gift, thank you very much!