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The mural in Christ the King Chapel, depicting images central to the history of the Sisters of Mercy and Mercyhurst University.

Faith and Service in a Mercy University

"The joy and the hope, the grief and the anguish of the women and men of our time, especially of those who are poor or afflicted in any way, are the joy and hope, the grief and anguish of the followers of Christ as well. Nothing genuinely human fails to find an echo in their hearts…That is why Christians cherish a feeling of deep solidarity with the human race and its history." (Gaudium et Spes, Preface 1)

Such dreams and realities engage every Catholic university. They make a particular appeal to Mercy universities founded by the Sisters of Mercy, who have committed their lives and works to serving those who are poor, sick and uneducated. The inspiration expressed in Gaudium et Spes, therefore, lies at the heart of our identity and mission. A Mercyhurst education aims at engaging students for life and at creating leaders in justice and service. In a time of much social change and challenge, this inspiration clarifies our vision of the specific character of our Catholic Mercy University. 

Our inspiration leads us to topics of study and engages our perspectives in learning, research and scholarly endeavors. Such inspiration provides the basis of the social-justice dimension of many of our academic and service programs. Indeed, such inspiration directs the goals of our university. We desire to share this inspiration with those who come through our gates, seeking academic excellence, professional expertise, and a future full of hope.

Our Vision

Mercyhurst University seeks to be a leading higher educational institution that integrates excellence in the liberal arts, professional and career-path programs, and service to regional and world communities.

Our Mission Statement

Consistent with its Catholic identity and Mercy heritage, Mercyhurst University educates women and men in a culture where faith and reason flourish together, where the beauty and power of the liberal arts combine with an appreciation for the dignity of work and a commitment to serving others. Confident in the strength of its student-faculty bonds, the university community is inspired by the image of students whose choices, in life and work, will enable them to realize the human and spiritual values embedded in everyday realities and to exercise leadership in service toward a just world.

Our Core Values

We are:

  • Socially merciful, - Mercy restores human dignity, expands our social relations, and empowers us to reach out in compassion to others.
  • Globally responsible, - Globalization challenges us to learn how to steward the resources of the Earth wisely and to act in solidarity with its diverse peoples.
  • Compassionately hospitable, - Mercy hospitality begins with self-acceptance, welcomes peoples of different faith, ethnic, and cultural traditions, and thus builds communities that transcend mere tolerance.
  • Intellectually creative, - Generous, inquiring, and critical habits of mind, which support the aspirations for excellence manifested within the academic community, encourage us in our lifelong search for what is true, good, and beautiful.
  • Reflectively aware, - Our Christian environment encourages self-reflection and contemplation of human behavior, promotes balance of mind, body, and spirit, and ultimately offers the opportunity to develop a moral compass for a life of integrity.

Ambassadors of service.


The Office for Mission Integration, established in 2008, assists the President of Mercyhurst University in promoting and integrating the university’s educational mission, and the beliefs and values of the Catholic identity and legacy of the Sisters of Mercy, as represented in the mission statement and core values of the institution. The work of the office is many faceted, but essentially directed to educating and encouraging all members of the university community from students to trustees to advance the mission of Mercyhurst. As such, it has particular care for the Catholic and sponsoring Sisters of Mercy traditions and service.

Greg Baker, DMin
Vice President for Mission 
Office: Old Main 209
Phone: (814) 824-2301


Lisa Mary McCartney, RSM, Ph.D.
Mission Associate
Office: 129 Egan Hall
Phone: (814) 824-2572


Fr. Jim Piszker
Interim Director of Campus Ministry, University Chaplain
Student Union 100A
Phone: (814) 824-2467


Jenell Patton
Assistant Director of Campus Ministry
Student Union 101A
Phone: (814) 824-2549


Michelle Scully
Campus Minister




Sr. Natalie Rossi, RSM
Campus Minister (part-time)
Student Union Chapel
Phone: (814) 824-2933


Anthony Sardini
Director of Liturgical Music (part-time)



Colin Hurley
Director of Community Engagement
Egan 206
Phone: (814) 824-2471


Bethany Brun
Assistant Director of Community Engagement
Student Union 101B
Phone: (814) 824-2343


Ben Helkowski
AmeriCorps VISTA




Alyssa Fratto
Graduate Assistant for Community Engagement




Brianna Alverson
Graduate Assistant for Community Engagement