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. 

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 2019 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.

Haiti Fundraising Service Auction Bidding

Support GMercyU's continued commitment to Mercy Focus on Haiti by bidding on services offered by members of the university community, such as music lessons and homecooked meals.

Monday 9/23 

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..

SGA/SNAP Blood Drive 10:00 AM -- 8:00pm (Julia Ball Auditorium)

The American Red Cross will be on campus for the bi-annual Blood Drive, co-sponsored by SGA and SNAP. Every donation can help save a life today!


Tuesday 9/24

Mercy Week Mass, 11:30 AM (Waldron Center)

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.

SGA/SNAP Blood Drive 10:00 AM -- 8:00pm (Julia Ball Auditorium)

The American Red Cross will be on campus for the bi-annual Blood Drive, co-sponsored by SGA and SNAP. Every donation can help save a life today!


Wednesday 9/25

Human Dignity, Health Care, and the Holocaust -- 1:30-3:00pm (Merck Auditorium)

Throughout the world, we are fighting battles over access to health care, the rights of the patient to make autonomous decisions, mental health care, structural and institutional racism, unethical medical experimentation, equity of care, and the regulation of rapidly advancing medical technologies through medical genetics. Using the Holocaust as the historical lens through which we examine contemporary issues in society provides a reminder of the absolute necessity of understanding our history as members of humankind and learning from the mistakes of our past. This presentation explores the intersection of these two ideas. 

Dr. Stacy Gallin from Misericordia University will present, with questions and answers after.


Thursday 9/26

Creating a Culture of Compassion: Sisters of Mercy and the Critical Concerns, 1:00-2:00pm (University Hall W105)

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 entitled the Critical Concerns. We will look at these five concerns through the lens of Nonviolence as a way to focus and enhance our work in the field of justice. 

Sister Dale Jarvis, RSM will share with us how some of those needs are addressed, especially in Haiti.


Friday 9/27

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!


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