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Mercy Week celebrates Sisters' vision

Friday, March 20, 2015

March 22-28 will be observed as Mercy Week at Mercyhurst University.  A variety of activities are planned to draw attention to the vision of the Sisters of Mercy for Mercyhurst as a place where gifts and talents are nourished and used in pursuit of social justice and service to the community and the world.

The observance begins with a special Mass on Monday, March 23, at noon in Christ the King Chapel, which recently reopened after several weeks of restoration work, including painting, improved lighting and refinishing of the original pews.

On Tuesday, Sister Lisa Mary McCartney, RSM, vice president for mission integration, will gather faculty and staff to further the “mission community” conversation, and present a Mercy Emissary program as a next step in its development. A mission community aims to preserve the Mercy tradition and heritage on our campuses.

Several service projects are planned during Mercy Week, including volunteer work at the Second Harvest Food Bank and Erie’s Emergency Overflow Shelter. Alumni will be involved as well, gathering at the Erie Soldiers and Sailors Home on Saturday to socialize with residents. Mercyhurst Student Government will sponsor Alex’s Lemonade Stand to raise funds to battle childhood cancer.

Other events are inspired by both the Mercy mission and the academic theme for 2014-15 at Mercyhurst, Confronting Injustice. On Wednesday, Mercyhurst will present its Archbishop Oscar Romero Award to Sister Mary Claire Kennedy, SSJ, recognizing her work to battle human trafficking. The same evening, the School of Health Professions and Public Health and Coalitions Pathways will bring together community members to explore solutions to the growing use of heroin in the Erie area.

In addition, several traditional events that help to develop well-rounded students will fall during the week, including the Laker Showdown, a talent show sponsored by the athletics department; the Career Fair and the Wellness Fair.

For information about any of the events, contact Jenell Patton, outreach coordinator for campus ministry, at 824-2549 or