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Explore the Inspiration Behind the Art

Welcome to McAuley Images – online art gallery which features a variety of bronze sculpture, as well as other artwork. As you browse these pages, you will notice that much of my work is dedicated to portraying the wonderful charism and spirit of Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy. I hope that viewing these pages piques your interest in finding out more about her and her enthusiastic devotion to the poor, the sick and the uneducated, especially women and children. Enjoy your visit and I hope that you find something to inspire you on these pages. Please feel free to return again often. You will remain in my prayers, as I hope I will be present in yours.


McAuley Images: Portrait of the Sculptor

Although art has always been a significant part of Marie Henderson's life, it was not until attending Mercy High School in Detroit, MI, that her association with Sister Mary Ignatius Denay, RSM, gave her the impetus to pursue and develop her talent. Marie received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Mercy College of Detroit in 1971 and her Master of Arts degree from Eastern Michigan University in 1984. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi honor society, has studied abroad and is well traveled. She taught high school for 30 years and chaired the departments in which she taught for 28 of those years. Her artwork has always focused on individuals who have made significant contributions to society.

A few years prior to entering the Sisters of Mercy, in 1985, her artwork began to focus on Catherine McAuley, the first Sister of Mercy. She has always worked in a wide variety of media including: oil, watercolor, pencil, charcoal, pastel, ink, calligraphy and bronze. Her fascination with sculpting, however, remains at the center of her work, which allows her to combine her passion for working in bronze with her devotion to the charism of Catherine McAuley, as well as to numerous other religious and historical figures.

As a result of her many forms of artistic expression — and an overwhelming interest by the public in purchasing her works of art — McAuley Images was born.

She continues to develop life size bronze scuptures, bronze busts, bronze reliefs and bronze table sculptures and is now able to concentrate on taking commissions for bronzes of individuals who are being commemorated and recognized by a casting in bronze by their specific communities, churches, religious congregations and/or families.

Over the years she has produced works of art for many communities in the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Congregations worldwide, churches, as well as for Mercy sponsored institutions and organizations.

In addition to the sculptures you see on this website, her sculptures can be modified to feature individuals key to your organization, history or religious congregation.

Completely new compositions are also available upon request. Some of her most popular pieces include:

  • Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy
  • Frances Warde, first Sister of Mercy to establish a foundation in America
  • St. Thomas More, Lawyer and Catholic martyr, patron saint of lawyers and politicians
  • "The Spirit of Mercy", a bronze relief featuring Catherine McAuley, Nelson Mandella, Desmond Tutu, Mother Theresa & Elizabeth Seton set alongside the original Baggot Street Foundation/House of Mercy
  • Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger, foundress of the School Sisters of Notre Dame
  • Mary of Nazareth



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