Dublin Pilgrimage

A Pilgrimage for Young Mercy Leaders

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 (in the care of Campus Ministry's Lauren DuCharme and Residence Life's Michelle Murray) will travel through Northern Ireland learning about “The Troubles” and the ensuing Peace Process. The students who have been 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 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.  Because the University is investing much in these students, they will be expected to “give back” upon return, helping to connect other students with the mission of Mercy during the 2016-17 academic year.  

The Conference will be held in Dublin August 9-12.  Our pilgrims will leave for Ireland on the evening of Thursday, August 4 (arriving the morning of August 5) and return on Sunday, August 14.

The real cost of the trip is approximately $2,000 per student.  Various departments on campus are sponsoring students' conference fees, but participants are asked to cover the cost of their airfare, and all are participating in fundraising for this experience.    
Here's how you can help:

  • Make a Donation: You can make a donation directly to the Pilgrimage by clicking this link. 
  • Take a Chance: We have two awesome raffles in progress, both with June 27 deadlines.  
  1. Wildwood Raffle:  $15/chance (only 200 chances sold)
     Win a week in a beautful three-bedroom oceanfront condo on Diamond Beach!
     Dates will be negotiated with owner.
     Only families & adults may win this prize, valued at over $3,500 in high season!
     See the flyer (PDF).
  2. "Good Cup of Tea" Raffle:  $10/chance (only 150 chances sold)
     Win one of four prizes, all valued at $75 or more:  Yoga, Aromatherapy, Salon, even $100 TD Bank gift card!
     See the flyer (PDF).

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.

Dublin Pilgrimage 2011

Watch a 16-minute video titled “Home of Mercy” created by a professor from Miseracordia University who accompanied the group in 2011. Or you can read the blog those pilgrims kept!