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Sisters' Legacy Lives On With Gifts To Mercy Learning Center In Bridgeport

Back, from left, Christiana Cottrell, Ann Papin, Erin O'Connell and Emily Bump. Front, from left, Francesca Norko, Angelina Debenedet, Emma Jacobs and Kathryn Blanco.
Back, from left, Christiana Cottrell, Ann Papin, Erin O'Connell and Emily Bump. Front, from left, Francesca Norko, Angelina Debenedet, Emma Jacobs and Kathryn Blanco. Photo Credit: contributed

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Lauralton Hall students who are in the National Honor Society assembled holiday gift bags with personal items for Mercy Learning Center in Bridgeport this month.

The Center provides literacy and life skills to women of low incomes.

The gesture, which drew 500 items for donation, is one of many that carry on the legacy of the Sisters of Mercy at the all-girls, college preparatory high school in Milford.

Lauralton Hall was founded in 1905 under the direction of Mother Mary Augustine Claven, a nun in the Order of the Sisters of Mercy.

She led took the charge to start a gender revolution in female education that began with Mother Catherine McAuley in Ireland.

McAuley dedicated her life to improving the lives of the poor, especially women and children, and fought for women to achieve their God-given potential through education

And while Laralton students are prepared for academic success, they are also "bearers of mercy to those in need" said Toni Iadorola, President and Head of School.

“Although our curriculum is always focused on scholastic achievement, our Catholic school’s foundation is the teachings of the Sisters of Mercy. Service to others is the driving force behind all of our activities.”

Lauralton students get involved in a number of community efforts throughout the year.

A Campus Ministry recently decorated and donated a tree to the Milford Hospital Festival of Trees.

A Thanksgiving food drive led by two students provided food for women from the pantry.

And Fairfield Prep and Lauralton students recently packed food for a community service day in Bridgeport.

Also, the school's McCauley Club service program provides bagged lunches and delivers them bi-weekly to the Beth-El Center for the homeless in Milford.

Since community service is integrated into students’ lives at Lauralton Hall, their good works continue long past the holidays," Iadorola pointed out.

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