GMercyU Kicks off Jubilee Year of Mercy
Gwynedd Mercy University kicked of the Jubilee Year of Mercy with a campus-wide celebration on Monday, December 7. The celebration started with a procession of The Works of Mercy banners carried by members of the GMercyU community. The procession crossed the threshold of campus - our "Door of Mercy" - into to Julia Ball Auditorium for the Proclamation of the Year of Jubilee by President Owens and the Vigil Liturgy of the Immaculate Conception.
Pope Francis called for the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy in March 2015, a nearly year-long event that begins on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and will end on November 20, 2016. Jubilees, or holy years, are often held every 25 or 50 years, hence the "extraordinary" designation on this unplanned celebration.
Mercy has been a common theme and mission of Pope Francis throughout his entire life. He is encouraging all people to focus on God's Mercy throughout the year, and in a special way to reflect upon and engage the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy.
GMercyU has developed a calendar full of events to celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Each month, departments, faculty and student organizations will "adopt" a Work of Mercy by hosting programs and service projects during each designated month. Stay tuned for more information!