Mercy Week

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 23 to Friday, September 28. Mercy Week begins with the celebration of Mercy Day on Sunday, September 23. 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. 190 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 culminates on Friday, September 28, with the anniversary of the birth of Catherine McAuley in 1778.

Mercy Week is sponsored by the Office of Sponsorship and Mission Integration, with College-wide preparation and partnerships offering a wide array of programs and opportunities to engage the College community. Special appreciation is extended to the College-wide Mercy Week 2017 Work Group: Tracy Albert, Kristin Belanger, Connor Beverly '20, Lynn Brown, Jackie Cattabriga, Danielle Charette '17, Kathryn Cody, Sarah Curtin '19, Rob Coppola, Brian Curtin, Joe DiSalvo, Loni English, Patricia Erikson, Dan Estey, Matt Gawel, Jessica Lapitino, Kareem Myrick, Peter Nielsen, Jim Paruk, Kathy Reilly, Nate Rohman, Chris Rynne, Michael Sanderl, Lisa Schiraldi, Ruth Smillie, Jen Stone, Jen Veino and Shanna Webster. Thanks also to all the departments and areas across the College that partnered and participated in the various programs and events throughout Mercy Week 2017

Enjoy the celebration of Mercy Week 2018!

Highlights of Typical Events

Kick-Off Reception and Gathering
Nursing Lighting Ceremony

Mercy Tea
VIP (Values in Practice) Colloquium
Annual Academic Convocation
Catherine’s Cupboard

Mercy Momentum
Catherine McAuley Birthday Celebration

For More Information

Contact: Dr. Michael Sanderl, Vice President and Chief Sponsorship and Mission Integration Officer at or  207-893- 7705.

  • Mercy Week Highlights
    Celebrating Foundress Catherince McAuley and 190 Years of Mercy Tradition
    • Nursing Lighting Ceremony

      The Nursing Lighting Ceremony is tradition where sophomore nursing students receive a blessing of their hands as they begin caring for patients. Each student lights a candle, symbolic of the lamp carried by Florence Nightingale, a founder of nursing.

    • Mercy Tea

      Before her death, Catherine McAuley said, “Tell the Sisters to get a good cup of tea ... when I am gone, 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.

    • Values in Practice Colloquium

      This Mercy Week event engages all members of our College community, and includes three interactive faculty presentations. 

    • Convocation and Barbecue

      The entire College community comes together to formally welcome our incoming students and celebrate the beginning of the academic year. 

    • Catherine's Cupboard Food Bank

      Students participate in distribution and community meal at Catherine’s Cupboard, where the local community who are in need, shop from our food pantry and share a meal.