GMercyU Celebrates Mercy Week

September 9, 2016
Posted by
Danielle Rainier
GMercyU Jubilee Year of Mercy

Gwynedd Mercy University will be celebrating Mercy Week during the week of September 19-23.  Mercy Week is a weeklong celebration of educational and service-related events that bring together the community and promote GMercyU's values. Students dedicated to service will be honored during this week along with discussions about current crises around the world and ways the Mercy community can make a change. As a Mercy institution, the Mercy message remains loud and clear, especially during Mercy Week.

What exactly is Mercy Week? On September 24, 1827, Catherine McAuley started it all. McAuley opened the first House of Mercy in Dublin, Ireland as a home to shelter women and young girls in need. This house will become the foundation for the Sisters of Mercy and 16 U.S. colleges and universities, including GMercyU. Each September, GMercyU celebrates the heritage of the Sisters of Mercy with our own festivities called Mercy Week.

The complete Mercy Week schedule can be found here, but below are a few anticipated events on campus.

Mercy Week Mass of the Holy Spirit
11:30A a.m. -12:30P p.m.(JBA)

Father Dan Joyce from Saint Joseph’s University will be the presider as GMercyU celebrates our heritage, honor the Sisters and Associates, and bless the new academic year.

Mercy Week Street Fair
12:30 p.m.- 1:30 p.m. (Mercy Circle / University Hall Walkway)

This will be a fun, pop-up street fair full of free food, giveaways, and Peruvian handicrafts for sale.

Academic Convocation
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (JBA)

Sister Angela Reed, a representative of the Sisters of Mercy at the United Nations, will be giving the Convocation address on Human Rights and human trafficking.

Throughout the week, students and staff who traveled on pilgrimage to Belfast and Dublin in August will share their stories, photos, and learnings. The sessions are Dublin Pilgrims’ Tales and will take place twice during the week so you don’t want to miss out.