Mercyhurst offers an interdisciplinary minor in Catholic Studies that aims to deepen students’ appreciation of Catholicism. Inspired by the university’s core values — social mercy, global responsibility, compassionate hospitality, intellectual creativity, and reflective awareness — this minor allows students to conduct serious intellectual inquiry into the history of the religion, as well as present-day religious practices. Students explore the meaning of the Catholic intellectual tradition; analyze important documents and practices; and compare and contrast perspectives that support and challenge church teachings in light of contemporary issues.
The Catholic Studies minor is housed in the William C. Sennett Institute for Mercy & Catholic Studies, which serves to highlight the breadth and depth of the Catholic intellectual tradition.
There are five critical concerns of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. They include caring for the poor, immigrants, the earth, as well as promoting nonviolence and combating racism.
The William C. Sennett Institute for Mercy & Catholic Studies collaborates with the Diocese of Erie to provide educational opportunities that can vitalize faith/reason through public scholarship and hospitable dialogue.