The Dublin Pilgrimage for Young Mercy Leaders
July 31 - August 10, 2014
Read the Pilgrims' stories and see their photos, practically in real time!
Summaries of Keynote Addresses and Workshops culled from the Mercy International Association website.
See beautiful scenes of our pilgrims' travels and hear them describe their deepened understanding of Mercy.
This journey was 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 were invited. The heart of the pilgrimage was 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) traveled through Northern Ireland learning about “The Troubles” and ensuing Peace Process. Through presentation, discussion, reflection and prayer, students engaged 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 included 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 has invested much in these students, they will be "giving back" in various ways 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!
Profound thanks to those whose financial support 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.
Looking back . . . CATCH A GLIMPSE OF THE 2011 PILGRIMAGE . . .
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.)