The Mercy Service program educates young women in the Mercy tradition of service instilled in us through the work of Catherine McAuley. The program provides compassionate service opportunities for interested high school students to learn about and help serve the needs of others in our Rochester community, as well as provide weeklong service trips nationally and internationally. Mercy Service is voluntary; the school does not require mandatory service hours for graduation. Even though it is not a requirement, students happily contribute their time to helping others.
It is not uncommon for Mercy Girls to volunteer at Cameron Community Ministries and provide homework assistance to children who live in poverty. The girls also play games and help seniors at The Legacy and Fairport Baptist Homes, cook meals for families who stay at the Ronald McDonald House, cook and clean for women and children at Bethany House, and bake cookies and learn about end-of-life care at The Hildebrandt Hospice Care Center.