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Sunday, September 23 – Friday, September 28

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

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“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 23rd to Friday, September 28th. 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 Monday, September 24th. 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 29th, 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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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

College Mass
8pm, Healy Chapel
Gather in a spirit and sign of faith and community to celebrate the life of Catherine McAuley and our Mercy heritage as Mercy Week 2018 begins.

In partnership with Mercy Center 

Mercy Week Bonfire
9pm, Fire Pit at the Fish Bowl
Momentum has been building for Mercy Week 2018! Stop by this Bonfire to catch the spirit of Mercy Week and hear about all the events during the Week.  A few of this year’s t-shirts and Mercy Week Trading Cards will be distributed.

In partnership with Residence Life

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER  24

Students at Mercy TeaMobile 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.

In partnership with the President’s Office and Admissions Ambassadors

Catherine’s Cupboard
9 – 10:30am, Standish Town Hall, 175 Northeast Road, Rte. 35
Join us for the Monday distribution at Catherine’s Cupboard, where we welcome members of our local community who are in need to shop from our food pantry, because we know we can never say “it is enough” while our friends and neighbors go hungry.  For more information, contact kcody@sjcme.edu or ext. 7794.

In partnership with Catherine’s Cupboard

Mercy Week 2018 Kick-Off Gathering (Live Streaming)
12:15pm, Catherine McAuley Statue, Xavier Hall
Come gather at the statue of Catherine McAuley to kick-off Mercy Week 2018 as a Saint Joseph’s College community. A couple of Mercy Week t-shirts and memorabilia will be distributed. It’s also your opportunity to being collecting the Mercy Week 2018 Trading Cards. Don’t miss it!

In partnership with the President’s Office and Student Government

Mobile Mercy Tea
4 – 5pm, Lobby, Alfond Center
The Mercy Tea remains a tradition across Mercy ministries and at Saint Joseph’s.  Stop by for a cup of tea and hear about some great programs happening in Campus Recreation.

In partnership with Campus Recreation

Students and faculty discussion at ColloquiumVIP (Values in Practice) Colloquium (Live Streaming)
5 – 7pm, Hall of Fame Room, Alfond Center
This annual event engages all members of our College community in consideration and discussion of our Core Value of Community.  Participants will enjoy a free pizza dinner and interactive faculty presentations. RSVP today to Lisa Schiraldi at vpmission@sjcme.edu.

In partnership with the Faculty VIP Colloquium Committee

Monks Athletics
Field Hockey – Saint Joseph’s College hosts Salem St.
7pm, Turf Field
Show your Monks pride by supporting our athletic teams and events throughout Mercy Week 2018!

In partnership with Athletics

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25

Living Mercy!  Meet the Mercy Volunteer Corps
11am – 1pm, Lobby, Pearson’s Café, Mercy Hall
This is a great opportunity to learn more about service and volunteer programs available after graduation and meet staff from the Mercy Volunteer Corps Program. All students are welcome. For more information, visit mercyvolunteers.org.

In partnership with the Mercy Center

Mercy Critical Concerns in Action
3:30 – 4:30pm, Xavier Hall Lounge
As a Mercy institution, the Saint Joseph’s College community shares a commitment to the five Mercy Critical Concerns identified by the Sisters of Mercy. Come to this informative and engaging session to learn more about the Critical Concerns of Earth, Immigration, Nonviolence, Racism, and Women.  For more information, visit sisterofmercy.org/advocacysignup

In partnership with Career Development, Community Based Learning and Mercy Associates

Mercy Movie Showing
5:45pm, Room 128, Alfond Hall
Selected especially for Mercy Week 2018 and shown in conjunction with Dr. Marion Young’s course, all are welcome to the screening of “Gridiron Gang” where themes of respect, faith, perseverance, passion, optimism and patience are explored.

In partnership with Admissions Ambassadors and the Psychology Department

“Shining Lamps” Lakeside Yoga
7 – 8pm, Meet in Xavier Hall Lot
Catherine McAuley wrote, “We should be shining lamps, giving light to all around us.” Enjoy this experience of lakeside yoga with friends and colleagues as we consider how we are “shining lamps” and “light” to others.

In partnership with Campus Recreation

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26

3 male staff members at photo boothMercy Week Photo Booth
11am – 2pm, Catherine McAuley Statue, Xavier Hall
Stop by to participate in this Mercy-inspired photo booth session and capture some great memories from Mercy Week 2018.

In partnership with Student Government and Student Activities

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 2018-2019 academic year.  Come hear featured speaker, Dr. Lenore DiFiore, Assistant Professor of Biology and 2018 Excellence in Teaching Award recipient. Don’t miss this annual celebration and today’s release of a Mercy Week 2018 Trading Card.

In partnership with Academic Affairs

Convocation Barbecue
Noon, Xavier Lawn
Enjoy time for a complimentary lunch with friends across the College community.  Share the spirit of Mercy Week 2018!

In partnership with Pearson’s Café and Academic Affairs

Catherine’s Cupboard
4 – 7pm | Standish Town Hall, 175 Northeast Road, Rte. 35
Join us for our Wednesday distribution and community meal at Catherine’s Cupboard, where we welcome members of our local community who are in need to shop from our food pantry and share a meal, because we know we can never say “it is enough” while our friends and neighbors go hungry.  For more information, contact kcody@sjcme.edu or ext. 7794.

In partnership with Catherine’s Cupboard

Mercy Week Bingo
9pm, Baggot Street
This popular Saint Joseph’s program is presented this week with a Mercy Week theme and prizes. Don’t miss it.

In partnership with Student Activities

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27

Mercy Momentum
9am – 10am, Xavier Hall Lounge
All members of the Saint’s Joseph’s community are invited to come enjoy coffee and muffins, and participate in a discussion about this year’s theme, Mercy Hospitality. We will enjoy a meal together and build momentum for Mercy across all parts of our College community. Space is limited. To reserve your spot, contact Lisa Schiraldi in the Office of Sponsorship and Mission Integration at vpmission@sjcme.edu.

Mercy Week Trading Card Signing Party
11:30am – 1:00pm, Baggot Street
Have you collected the entire Mercy Week 2018 Trading Card set? Still needing to complete the set? This is your opportunity to meet the individuals on this year’s cards and have them autograph your Mercy Week 2018 Trading Cards. Come early and don’t miss it!

SJC Footsteps of Catherine McAuley
2 – 3pm, Catherine McAuley Statue, Xavier Hall
Join Sr. Mary George O’Toole and Kathryn Cody as we travel through some of the lesser-known facts of Catherine McAuley’s life and history of the Sisters of Mercy. As we walk through campus we will travel back in time to hear the story of Catherine McAuley, and her fascinating journey and life as the foundress of the Sisters of Mercy.

In partnership with the Mercy Center and SJC Archives

Celebrating 175 Years of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
3:30 – 4:30pm, Xavier Hall Lounge
On December 21, 1843, Mary Frances Xavier Warde and six other Sisters of Mercy from Carlow, Ireland, arrived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, marking the founding of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. Together, the “Seven Sisters” opened schools and established Mercy Hospital, the first hospital in Pittsburgh and the first Mercy-sponsored hospital in the world. Come learn more about Mary Frances Xavier Warde, highlights from the history of the Sisters of Mercy in the United States, and current Mercy ministries touching lives and impacting communities.

For more information, visit sistersofmercy.org and mercyworld.org.

In partnership with Mercy Associates

Monks Athletics
Men’s Soccer – Saint Joseph’s College hosts Colby-Sawyer
6pm, Turf Field
Go Monks!

In partnership with Athletics

SJC & Mercy Trivia
8pm, Baggot Street
Stop by this week’s program and test your knowledge of SJC and Mercy trivia and facts. Special guest appearance by the Sisters of Mercy!

In partnership with Student Activities

Alumni Association Events
Alumni Association Chapters will be sponsoring Mercy Week events.  For more information, contact the Alumni Office at 207-.893-7890.

In partnership with Alumni Association

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

Reflecting and Praying with Catherine McAuley (Live Streaming)
9 – 9:30am, Xavier Hall Lounge
The Sisters of Mercy at Saint Joseph’s have prepared an opportunity for reflection and prayer focusing on the life, words and inspiration of Catherine McAuley.  All are welcome to join the Sisters and participate as we remember and celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Catherine McAuley.

In partnership with the Sisters of Mercy

Cutting the cake at Catherine McAuley's birthday celebrationCatherine McAuley Birthday Celebration
Noon – 1pm, Catherine McAuley Statue, Xavier Hall
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.

In partnership with Pearson’s Café

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!

In partnership with Mercy Associates and the Sisters of Mercy Northeast Community

Delta Epsilon Sigma Honor Society Induction Ceremony
4:30 – 6pm, Viola George Auditorium, Alfond Hall
Members of the College community are invited to the annual induction ceremony of the Beta Omicron Chapter of Delta Epsilon Sigma National Scholastic Honor Society. Delta Epsilon Sigma (ΔΕΣ) is a national scholastic honor society that was established in 1939 for students of Catholic universities and colleges in the United States. Undergraduate students are eligible for membership if they’re ranked in the top 20 percent of their class, have a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, and have a record of dedication to intellectual activity and community service.

In partnership with Academic Affairs

Inspirational Mercy Speed Painting
8pm, Baggot Street
Don’t miss this dynamic and inspiring program by Amazing Hero Art as we conclude Mercy Week and kick-off Family Weekend! Join local speed painting artist Rob Surette as he speed-paints four individuals from history and unveils a very special surprise for Saint Joseph’s College to conclude the program.

In partnership with Student Activities and Family Weekend

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.