William C. Sennett Institute for Mercy and Catholic Studies
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.
Father Gregory Boyle, SJ
Sept. 23, 2021
Cecilia Gonzalez-Andrieu, Ph.D.
Sept. 25, 2019
Oct. 9, 2018
Dr. Gregory Baker
Oct. 4, 2017
Sept. 29, 2016
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"
Christine Firer Hinze, Ph.D.
Oct. 1, 2014
Tom Roberts, author of the biography "Joan Chittister: Her Journey from Certainty to Faith"
April 30, 2014
Dr. Lisa Sowle Cahill
Dr. Ilia Delio
John Allen, National Catholic Reporter
Dr. Terrence Tilley, Fordham University
The Institute for Mercy and Catholic Studies owes its birth to the generosity of two Erie Catholics and college trustees: William C. Sennett and the late Charles A. Dailey, Jr.
Dr. Mary Hembrow Snyder, Professor of Religious Studies, was the first person to serve as Director of the Institute of Mercy & Catholic Studies. A member of the faculty of Mercyhurst University from 1986 to 2020, Dr. Snyder has a doctorate in theology from St. Michael's College, University of Toronto, and has authored/edited four books, the most recent being Joan Chittister: Essential Writings, edited with Mary Lou Kownacki and published by Orbis Books in July 2014.
Joan Chittister Archive
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.