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 17 U.S. colleges and universities, including ours. 

Each September, we celebrate this heritage during Mercy Week to coincide with the Feast of Our Lady of Mercy. 

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.  

Mercy Week 2021

Mercy Week 2021 will feature a variety of both in-person and virtual programming. Join us throughout the week for a variety of programming focusing on social justice and the Critical Concerns of the Sisters of Mercy. Please check back for more details, including webinar links. 

To keep the GMercyU Community safe, we please ask all attendees to adhere to the University's mask-wearing policy. 

All Week Long 

Accepting Donations for Catherine’s Cupboard  (Various Locations)

Catherine’s Cupboard provides nutrition to GMercyU students experiencing food insecurity.  Look for collection baskets at Mercy Week events (think protein!), or make a monetary donation through Campus Ministry.

Catherine's Garden

Keep your eye out in Waldron Center for Catherine's Garden - a chance to set your intentions on how you would like to live out Mercy. 

Monday, September 20 

Student Government Association Blood Drive
Julia Ball Auditorium | 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. 

The American Red Cross will be on campus for the bi-annual Blood Drive, co-sponsored by Student Government Association and Student Nursing Association of Pennsylvania. Every donation can help save a life today!

Sign up on Griffin Engage!

Service Project 
Griffinaerie (Waldron Center) | 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Zero Waste & Sustainability Club will be hosting a service project throughout the week. Stop by to assist in producing reusable sanitary napkins for women in Haiti. 

Integrate for Good's Opening Doors on Campus Volunteering
University Hall E108 | 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Drop in volunteering! Help to create a more inclusive environment on campus through creative projects like weaving mats for people experiencing homelessness and painting kindness rocks. Volunteer with people of all abilities. Who knows, you might make a friend along the way. This is a semester-long event. 

Tuesday, September 21

Student Government Association Blood Drive
Julia Ball Auditorium | 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. 

The American Red Cross will be on campus for the bi-annual Blood Drive, co-sponsored by Student Government Association and Student Nursing Association of Pennsylvania. Every donation can help save a life today!

Sign up on Griffin Engage!

Service Project 
Griffinaerie (Waldron Center) | 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Zero Waste & Sustainability Club will be hosting a service project throughout the week. Stop by to assist in producing reusable sanitary napkins for women in Haiti. 

Modern Mercy Leadership 
Virtual | 6 p.m.

Discover ways to Make Mercy Real in today's world. Speakers include GMercyU alum Steven Rufe '12 and Community Coordinator for Mercy Volunteers Andrea Haller. You will also learn more about GMercyU's Alternative Break and service initiatives. 

If you were unable to join the webinar, you can view the recording below.

Wednesday, September 22

Presidential Portraits Unveiling & Blessing
Keiss Library & Learning Commons | 10 a.m.

All members of the GMercyU Community are invited to the unveiling and blessing of a new Presidential Portrait exhibit in the Keiss Library and Learning Commons. 

Student Conversation on Identity & Bias 
Griffinaerie (Waldron Center) | 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

This student-led campus conversation seeks to educate our community about intersectionality, bias, and how it affects our perception of the world around us. We’ll discuss safe vs. brave spaces, acknowledge groups we identify with, and hold an open dialogue about how these groups have affected our lives thus far.

Thursday, September 23

Service Project 
Griffinaerie (Waldron Center) | 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Zero Waste & Sustainability Club will be hosting a service project throughout the week. Stop by to assist in producing reusable sanitary napkins for women in Haiti. 

Poetry Workshop with Trapeta Mayson
Virtual | 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Join Trapeta Mayson for an interactive poetry reading and reflection workshop.

Learn more about Trapeta Mayson and join the webinar on Griffin Engage!

Friday, September 24

Mercy Day Mass 
Outside Assumption Hall (Rain location: Griffinaerie) | 11 a.m.

All are welcome to gather together to celebrate one of GMercyU's most treasured traditions, our Mercy Day Mass. Mass will be held outside of Assumption Hall on the walkway. Masks must be worn. 

Mercy Tea & Authors
Assumption Hall | Immediately following Mercy Day Mass

Recently published GMercyU faculty and staff authors will share their research and publications. In light of the current situation with COVID-19 and in lieu of bringing homemade baked goods, there will be pre-packaged baked goods to take with you.

Check out the 2020 edition of the Mercy Tea Recipe Book!

Integrate for Good's Opening Doors on Campus Volunteering
University Hall E101 | 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Drop in volunteering! Help to create a more inclusive environment on campus through creative projects like weaving mats for people experiencing homelessness and painting kindness rocks. Volunteer with people of all abilities. Who knows, you might make a friend along the way. This is a semester-long event. 

Service Project 
Griffinaerie (Waldron Center) | 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Zero Waste & Sustainability Club will be hosting a service project throughout the week. Stop by to assist in producing reusable sanitary napkins for women in Haiti. 

Saturday, September 25

Fall Festival 
Griffin Complex Lawn | 2 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Fall Fest is back! Students, alumni, familly and friends are invited to join in this year's festivities. There will be rock climbing, mechanical bull, stunt jump, and a gladiator joust! In addition, there will be a photo booth,  scarecrow contest, music, yard games, bingo, and more! Snacks will be provided! 

Food Truck Festival 
Griffin Complex Lot | 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

GMercyU's third annual Food Truck Festival is open to the GMercyU Community! Students will eat for free. There will be a Taco truck, T&N Homemade Kitchen, Little Trent’s (Cheesesteaks/burger), All of a Sudden Desserts, and Coldstone Creamery. 

Check Griffin Engage for more details!

Sunday, September 26 

Sigma Phi Sigma Induction Ceremony
By Invitation Only | 3 p.m.

GMercyU will hold an induction ceremony to welcome 10 new students into Sigma Phi Sigma, GMercyU's chapter of the National Mercy Honor Society. This special ceremony has been a part of GMercyU since 1955 and has honored many students for their impressive leadership skills and academic accomplishments.  

Virtual Resources

Check out some of our past Mercy Week presentations centered on the Critical Concerns of Mercy and other Mercy-related topics. 

History of the Critical Concerns of Mercy 

The Sisters of Mercy were founded out of a deep concern for the needs of persons who are poor. Today, these needs are being focused on through five key areas, the Critical Concerns of Mercy. We look at the history of these five concerns as a way to focus and enhance our work in the field of social justice. Sister Suzanne Gallagher, RSM will led the webinar.

 

 

Allyship: Limits, Demands, and Opportunities 

Executive Director at The Aquinas Center Bethany Welch led a conversation about allyship. Iyana Brown, President of GMercyU's Black Student Union and junior Occpuational Science student, and Candace Williams, second-year graduate student in GMercyU's Occupational Therapy program and Co-Chair of SOTA's Committee for Occupational Justice, also provided insight. 
 

 

If you have questions or suggestions, contact Mission & Values Co-Chairs Janice Nuss or Kirsten Swanson.