A Pilgrimage for Young Mercy Leaders
Applications are available now and are due Dec. 2.
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 two faculty members) will travel through Northern Ireland learning about “The Troubles” and the 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 distinctive Mercy leaders in our university and in our world. Check out the 2014 student blog to see what an exciting opportunity this is!
The Conference will be held in Dublin August 9-12. While travel arrangements have not been confirmed, we expect that the GMercyU group will leave for Ireland on the evening of Thursday, August 4 (arriving the morning of August 5) and return on Sunday, August 14.
The University is seeking funding to provide generous financial support for the students who attend. The real cost of the trip is approximately $2,000 per student. Participants are asked to cover the cost of their airfare with a $100 non-refundable deposit due upon acceptance. All are expected to participate in fundraising for this trip, which will cover most expenses, housing, conference and registration fees. Students will be personally responsible for some meals and incidental travel expenses. (Note: a passport is required for international travel.)
The students who are chosen will be broadly representative of GMercyU at its best. We are seeking 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 expected to “give back” in some way upon return, helping to connect other students with the mission of Mercy during the 2016-17 academic year. This is a highly competitive award. Do your best work.
Completed applications (available here) are due on Monday, December 2 via e-mail to S. Kati McMahon firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Dublin 2016 Your Name" (this is very important). After a review and interview process, students will be notified of acceptance by early February. There will be several formation meetings later in the spring semester, as well as shared reading and online interaction with global participants prior to the pilgrimage.
Can't get enough of this stuff? Keep reading:
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.