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

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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 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. Learn more about the Sisters of Mercy by visiting:

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



Mercy Mass

September 22, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 7:45 pm

Mercy Week Open House

September 23, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Mercy Day

September 24, 2019

Academic Convocation and College Community Lunch

September 24, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Shining Lamps Fitness Program

September 24, 2019 @ 5:15 pm - 6:00 pm

Volunteering Opportunities

September 25, 2019

Discovering Catherine McAuley

September 26, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Mercy Week Alumni Mass

September 26, 2019 @ 11:45 am - 12:15 pm

Mercy Tea

September 26, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Catherine McAuley Birthday Celebration

September 27, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Download Catherine

Where in the World is Catherine McAuley?

Catherine in Panama Canal by Suzan Nelson

Catherine at the Panama Canal, taken by Suzan Nelson.

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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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.

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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.