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Mercy Week

On Sept. 24, 1827, in Dublin, Ireland, Catherine McAuley founded a home to shelter and educate young girls. This house would be the foundation for the Sisters of Mercy—and 16 U.S. colleges and universities, including ours. 

Each September, we celebrate this heritage during Mercy Week. 

A Weeklong Celebration

Each year, Mercy Week features a variety of educational and service-related programming that brings our campus community together, from inspirational films and engaging lectures to shared meals and lively discussions. 

We talk about current crises in our country and world, and think of ways the Mercy community can impact change. We also honor exceptional individuals at GMercyU for their commitment to service.

Specific programming changes from year to year, but the Mercy message is always loud and clear.  


The 2016 Mercy Week schedule is below; you can also download a printable version (PDF) here!

Monday September 19

Mercy Week Mass of the Holy Spirit, 11:30 AM -12:30 PM (JBA)
Join us as we celebrate our heritage, honor the Sisters and Associates in our midst, and invoke the blessings of God’s Spirit on this new academic year!  Fr. Dan Joyce SJ from Saint Joseph's University will be our presider.

Mercy Week Street Fair, 12:30 – 1:30 PM (Mercy Circle / University Hall Walkway)
Come out for a pop-up street fair featuring free fun food, giveaways, and even Peruvian handicrafts for sale.  

Dublin Pilgrims’ Tales I, 7:30 – 8:30 PM (Glass Lounge, St. Brigid Hall)
Students and staff who traveled on pilgrimage to Belfast and Dublin in August will share their stories, photos, and lifelong learnings.  (This session will be repeated on Wednesday morning.)

Tuesday, September 20  

Immersion Travel Opportunities, 10:00 – 11:00 AM (Connelly Tiered Classroom) 
Get outside your comfort zone!  Learn about opportunities for mission-based travel, including Alternative Spring Break (Campus Ministry), and the Dominican Republic Mission Trip (Nursing) Hear from veterans of both experiences and learn about this year’s application processes.

Wednesday, September 21  

Dublin Pilgrims’ Tales II, 9:45 – 10:45 AM (University E-107)
See Monday, 7:30 PM.

Academic Convocation, 3:00 – 4:00 PM (Julia Ball Auditorium)
S. Angela Reed represents the Sisters of Mercy at the United Nations; her particular focus is on a Human Rights / Life Course approach to address human trafficking. She will be spending three days with us this week, speaking in various classes and giving this year’s Convocation address.

Thursday, September 22  

Homeland Security Investigations, 10:00 - 11:10 AM (University Hall E-107)
A Special Agent from Homeland Security Invetigations will address the legal side of Human Trafficking:  what it is and how it is manifested locally.

Mercy Week Movie:  The Butler, 7:30 – 10:00 PM (Maguire/Merck Auditorium)
Cecil Gaines served eight presidents during his three decades of service in the White House; during this time the civil rights movement, Vietnam war, and other major events affected his life, family, and American society.  Based on a true story, Lee Daniels’ film is timely during our country’s current election season marked by racial tension and explosions of violence.

Friday, September 23

Mercy Tea / Authors’ Celebration, 2:00 – 3:30 PM (Keiss Library and Learning Commons)
Join us as we celebrate our Tender Courage and Lindback award winners, recognize our recently published faculty and staff authors, and enjoy one another’s company at the end of Mercy Week.  Donations of baked goods are needed!


If you have questions or suggestions, contact Mission & Values Co-Chairs Mary Jo Pierantozzi or Suzanne Kolesar.

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