The work of the Institute for Mercy & Catholic Studies includes an innovative effort to enhance both the mission and Catholic identity of Mercyhurst University.
To this end, it will highlight the breadth and depth of the Catholic intellectual tradition, as well as the five critical concerns of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.
Caring for the poor, especially women and children
Caring for immigrants
Caring for the earth/creation
The Center will also collaborate with the Diocese of Erie to provide educational opportunities that can vitalize faith/reason through public scholarship and hospitable dialogue.
The William C. Sennett Institute for Mercy and Catholic Studies has sponsored a variety of public events and lectures, including:
“Professing Faith in a Post-9/11 World”
Speaker: Richard Rodriguez
Sept. 29, 2016
Religious Life: Crossroads or Crisis?
Panelists: Daniel P. Horan, OFM; Sister Anne Curtis, RSM; Brother Anthony Weber, OCSO; Sister Charlotte Zalot, OSB
Sept. 24, 2015
Is Economic Solidarity Bad Economics?
Reflections on Pope Francis and Catholic Social Thought
Speaker: Christine Firer Hinze, Ph.D.
Oct. 1, 2014
Opening of the Helen Boyle Memorial Archive in honor of Joan D. Chittister, OSB
Speaker: Tom Roberts, author of the biography Joan Chittister: Her Journey from Certainty to Faith
April 30, 2014
Aquinas and Natural Law: Resources for Women’s Equality
Speaker: Dr. Lisa Sowle Cahill
Faith and the Cosmos: Exploration into God, Evolution and the Mystery of the Universe
Speaker: Dr. Ilia Delio
The Future Church
Speaker: John Allen, National Catholic Reporter
The Catholic Intellectual Tradition
Speaker: Dr. Terrence Tilley, Fordham University
Mercyhurst partnered with Penn State University and the Erie Benedictine Community to preserve the literary archives of Sister Joan, a 1962 Mercyhurst graduate. While the archive will be housed on Penn State’s main campus, both Mercyhurst and Mount St. Benedict will maintain permanent archive rooms with access to her books, articles and other memorabilia. In addition, Mercyhurst will host the annual lecture series.
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