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Dublin Pilgrimage

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The Dublin Pilgrimage for Young Mercy Leaders
July 31 - August 10, 2014


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Pilgrimage Information
This journey is being organized by Mercy International Centre, the original House of Mercy built by Catherine McAuley before she founded the Sisters of Mercy.  College students from all over the world are invited.  The heart of the pilgrimage is a three-day conference featuring inspirational keynote presentations as well as breakout groups exploring a variety of Mercy themes.  Prior to the conference, the Gwynedd Mercy University group (including faculty members Carol Evans and Mary Jo Pierantozzi) will travel through Northern Ireland learning about “The Troubles” and ensuing Peace Process.  Through presentation, discussion, reflection and prayer, students will engage the history and charism of Mercy, returning to ordinary life better equipped to be Mercy leaders in our college and in our world.

Our Pilgrims include Kathleen Carroll, Christie Delhagen, Emily Downey, Jacqui Gallagher, Katie Hartey, Chelsea Kahana, Gabby Muller, Ray Penyak, AnaLee Rodriguez.  They are broadly representative of Gwynedd Mercy at its best: students of good character who are passionate about Mercy, and who can well-represent our various Schools, student organizations, athletic teams, etc.  Because the University is investing much in these students, they will be "giving back" in some way upon their return, helping to connect other students with the mission of Mercy during the 2014-15 academic year; stay tuned for events and locations!

Dates & Lodging
The Conference will be held in Dublin August 5-9.  Our Pilgrims will depart from University Hall on Thursday July 31, following a commissioning service to which all are welcome.  They will fly from Newark International Airport to Belfast, and return on August 10 from Dublin to Newark.   In Belfast they will stay at a hostel called Paddy's Palace, then in Dublin they will be at the Ashfield House Hostel near the River Liffey.

Profound thanks to those whose financial support has made this trip possible, including students' family and friends, University schools and departments, the President's Fund for Excellence, and all who participated in our many fundraisers!

Questions?  Contact Christine Eberle , x21590.



Watch a 16-minute video called "Home of Mercy" created by a professor from Misericordia University who accompanied the group in 2011.  Or you can read the blog our pilgrims kept!

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2011 Pilgrims included (top row, L to R) Mary Ashmore, Kate Taylor, Steven Rufe, Ashley Scheiber (bottom row, L to R) Amy Vandegrift, Katie Kane, Katherine Klinges, Kellie Delhagen and Regina Sellman.  (Not pictured: Brigid O'Brien and Mary Jo Pierantozzi.)