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.
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 2018 Mercy Week schedule is below; you can also download a printable version (PDF) here!
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.
SGA Blood Drive, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM (JBA Lobby)
Make a Difference! 11:30 – 12:30 PM (University Hall W-206)
Get outside your comfort zone! Learn about opportunities for both local service and mission-based travel, including Alternative Spring Break (Campus Ministry) and the Dominican Republic Mission Trip (Nursing).
Drop in, chat with the leaders, and learn about this year’s application processes.
Mercy Focus on Haiti, 1:30 – 2:30 PM (Fatima 1)
Learn about this summer’s exploratory delegation, as well as possibilities for future partnerships & service.
SGA Blood Drive, 10:00 AM -8:00 PM (JBA Lobby)
Light Footprints on the Blackfeet Reservation, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM (U Hall W-105)
Learn from Brigid O’Brien’s service experience with the Blackfeet Volunteer Medical Corps and her exploration of environmental issues in nearby Glacier National Park (Montana).
Dublin Pilgrims’ Tales, 1:30 – 2:30 PM (University Hall E-101) & 8:00 – 9:00 PM (Glass Lounge, St. Brigid Hall)
Students and staff who traveled on pilgrimage to Belfast and Dublin this summer will share their stories, photos, and lifelong learnings.
Interfaith Symposium, 7:00 – 9:00 PM (University Hall, W-105)
The Wissahickon Faith Community Association presents a panel discussion on religious pluralism and the challenges of faith in a secular age.
Mercy Week Mass, 10:00 AM (JBA)
Join us as we celebrate the heritage and charism of Mercy, and honor the Sisters and Associates in Mercy in our midst. Fr. Dan Joyce, SJ (Saint Joseph's University) will preside.
Academic Convocation, 12:30 PM (JBA)
The Academic Convocation is an important event that marks the beginning of the academic year. Our Convocation Speaker will be Judge Renee Cardwell Hughes, retired CEO of the Eastern PA region of the American Red Cross. Day classes are cancelled, and will resume at 4:15 PM.
Finding God in Ordinary Time, 10:00 – 11:00 AM (JBA)
Where is God in all this? Discover some of the places where the presence of God may be hidden in plain sight, as Director of Campus Ministry Christine Eberle shares excerpts from her new book and answers questions about the topic as well as the writing process.
Mercy Week Movie – The Queen of Katwe, 7:30 PM (Merck Auditorium, Maguire)
The inspiring true story of a girl from the slums of Uganda who becomes a chess champion.
Mercy Tea and Authors Celebration, 2:30 – 4:00 PM (Keiss Library/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!
Waste/Sustainability Club - Open Meeting, 4:00 – 5:30 PM (Visitation House)
Want to learn and practice better care for the Earth? Check out Gwynedd's newest club!