A Pilgrimage for Young Mercy Leaders: August 4-14, 2016
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 (in the care of Campus Ministry's Lauren DuCharme and Residence Life's Michelle Murray) traveled through Northern Ireland learning about “The Troubles” and the ensuing Peace Process. The students who were chosen are broadly representative of GMercyU 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. Through presentation, discussion, reflection and prayer, students engaged the history and charism of Mercy, returning to ordinary life better equipped to be distinctive Mercy leaders in our university and in our world. Because the University is investing much in these students, they will be “giving back” upon return, helping to connect other students with the mission of Mercy during the 2016-17 academic year. Missed it? Our next Pilgrimage will take place in the summer of 2018!
Mercy Week Presentations
You can learn about our Pilgrims' experiences on Monday, September 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Glass Lounge of St. Brigid Hall, or on Wednesday, September 19 at 9:45 a.m. in University Hall E-107!
Read our students' real-time musings in their various "Merv's Word" postings:
August 6: The Pilgrims Have Landed
August 10: Pilgrims Explore Emerald Isle
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Dublin Pilgrimage 2014
Read the blog to hear the pilgrims’ stories and see their photos!
Read the Reflections for summaries of Keynote Addresses and Workshops from the Mercy International Association website.
Watch the video to see beautiful scenes of our pilgrims’ travels and hear them describe their deepened understanding of Mercy.