Mercy Week celebrates Catherine McAuley, our Mercy identity and heritage, and the many expressions of Mercy as a Saint Joseph’s College community.

Sunday, September 22 – Friday, September 27

Saint Joseph’s College celebrates its Mercy Heritage during this week every year. Check back soon to see what fun and engaging activities we have planned each day this week!

Mercy Day is always celebrated on September 24. To learn more about Mercy Week, and about the Sisters of Mercy, please visit: https://www.sistersofmercy.org/.

Mercy Week Logo

“We should be as shining lamps, giving light to all around us.”

– Catherine McAuley, Foundress of the Sisters of Mercy

The entire Saint Joseph’s College community will celebrate Mercy Week from Sunday, September 22 to Friday, September 27. Each day this week, there are opportunities to celebrate our heritage and demonstrate our Core Values through community gatherings, opportunities for reflection, programs, events, and giveaways!

At the heart of Mercy Week is the celebration of Mercy Day on Tuesday, September 24. It was on this date in 1827 that Catherine McAuley, Foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, and her early companions established the first House of Mercy on Baggot Street in Dublin, Ireland. 191 years later, we have the opportunity to celebrate Catherine McAuley, our Mercy identity and heritage, and the many expressions of Mercy as a Saint Joseph’s College community. The Week will also mark the anniversary of the birth of Catherine McAuley on September 29, 1778. This year also marks 175th anniversary of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas with the arrival of Mary Frances Xavier Warde in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on December 21, 1843.

Join us as we celebrate Mercy Week through the following interactive events, celebrations and opportunities for reflection:

PARTICIPATE ALL WEEK LONG:

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Where in the World is Catherine McAuley?

Catherine cutout at the Grand Canyon

Catherine at the Grand Canyon

Download and cut out this image of Catherine McAuley and then show us where you live, work, study, or adventure!

Take a photo of Catherine with a scenic or fun background or even a selfie, then post it on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook with the hashtag #SJCcatherine and be sure to tag us.

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Tentative Schedule

Final schedule to be posted in early September.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER  23

Students at Mercy Tea

Mobile Mercy Tea
7:30 – 9:30am, Alfond Hall, 2nd Floor
Before her death on November 11, 1841, Catherine McAuley said, “Tell the Sisters to get a good cup of tea – I think the Community Room would be a good place – when I am gone, and to comfort one another, but God will comfort them.” The offering of a Mercy Tea remains a tradition across Mercy institutions as an expression of care, compassion, faith and community. Stop by for a cup of tea to-go and some Mercy inspiration at the start of Mercy Week 2018.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

Annual Academic Convocation
11:15am, Alfond Center Gymnasium
The entire Saint Joseph’s College community comes together to formally welcome our incoming students and celebrate the beginning of the 2019-2012 academic year.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26

Mercy Tea
2 – 4pm, Xavier Hall Lounge
Before her death on November 11, 1841, Catherine McAuley said, “Tell the Sisters to get a good cup of tea – I think the Community Room would be a good place – when I am gone, and to comfort one another, but God will comfort them.” The offering of a Mercy Tea remains a tradition across Mercy institutions as an expression of care, compassion, faith and community. Enjoy a cup of tea with friends, colleagues and the Sisters of Mercy from the local Portland area for the culmination of Mercy Week 2018!

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27

Cutting the cake at Catherine McAuley's birthday celebration

Catherine McAuley Birthday Celebration
During lunch in Pearson’s Café
Stop by to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Catherine McAuley (September 29, 1778) and enjoy a special birthday treat with friends and colleagues from across campus.

Additional Resources

The Life and Legacy of Catherine McAuley

Learn more about the life of Catherine McAuley and be inspired by her amazing story.

A walking tour of Dublin, Ireland through the mind’s eye of Catherine McAuley

Discover the story of Catherine McAuley by exploring this virtual tour of Dublin. The tour visits many landmarks of importance in the life of Catherine and the history of the Sisters of Mercy.

For More Information

Contact: vpmission@sjcme.edu.

Mercy Week is sponsored by the Office of Sponsorship and Mission Integration, is planned and organized by a College-wide Work Group and includes diverse programs and opportunities for College-wide engagement in partnership with departments from across campus.