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 2020

In light of the current situation with COVID-19, we will be celebrating Mercy Week virtually this year. 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. 

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.

Monday, September 21 

History of the Critical Concerns of Mercy (Pre-recorded Webinar)
Recording will go live at 7 a.m.

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 will 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 lead the webinar.



Tuesday, September 22

Alternative Spring Break Forum (Pre-recorded Videos)

Students and staff who participated in Alternative Spring Break and the Nursing Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic share their stories, photos, and lifelong learnings in the videos below! 

Dominican Republic Mission Trip
Alternative Spring Break (Ohio) 
Alternative Spring Break (Texas) 
Ireland Experiential Learning
Mercy Volunteer Corps Presentation 


Wednesday, September 23

Allyship: Limits, Demands, and Opportunities (Live Online Stream)
7 p.m.

Executive Director at The Aquinas Center Bethany Welch will lead 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, will also provide insight. All are welcome to attend and participate in thoughtful discussion.


Thursday, September 24

Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Mercy (Live Stream)
12:00 p.m. 

Please join Fr. Dan Joyce, SJ for a special "Mercy Mass" streaming live online from campus.  At this special Mass we will award this year's Tender Courage award to a staff member who exemplifies our mission and core values. 

Click this link at 12 p.m. to view the live stream!

Mercy Day Liturgy Program (PDF)


Friday, September 25

Mercy Tea and Authors Celebration (Digital Magazine)

Recently published GMercyU faculty and staff authors will share their research through a digital magazine. In light of the current situation with COVID-19 and in lieu of cooking baked goods, we will be also offering a digital GMercyU cookbook filled with your delicious recipes!

Gwynedd Mercy Unversity Authors Publication

Mercy Tea Recipe Book

Saturday, September 26

Silent Vigil for Racial Justice
Merion Friends Meeting House in Merion Station, PA  at 9 a.m.

Join the Sisters of Mercy and Quakers at the Merion Friends Meeting House for a silent vigil for Racial Justice.  Visit the Merion Friends’ webpage for more details.


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