Mercy and Mission Week

During a special week in September, Mount Mercy University will pause to reflect on the institution's unique Mercy heritage. The campus will celebrate Mercy and Mission week September 22 – 28.

As part of the week-long celebration, Sisters of Mercy help students connect what they are learning in the classroom to the critical concerns of the Sisters of Mercy – subjects such as immigration, nonviolence, women and environmental issues.

For faculty and staff, the week will provide special opportunities to gain insight from the Sisters of Mercy on how their teaching and work on campus can connect to the critical concerns in new and powerful ways. 

"Mercy and Mission week provides the campus community with unique opportunities to experience — in tangible and authentic ways — a deeper connection with our Mercy mission, and ultimately our mission as a University," says Sr. Shari Sutherland, executive director for Mercy mission and ministry. "The week presents a chance to grow in the understanding of the Sisters of Mercy, their mission in higher education and the critical concerns that articulate the present-day Mercy response to the urgent needs of our time."

Events are for students and or faculty/staff, with the exception of the Service Recognition at the Mount Mercy volleyball game, which is open to the public.

Sunday, September 22

  • 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Volunteering to setup and serve for the Catherine McAuley Center Tea fundraiser
  • 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. - Picnic and firepit (with marshmallows) and craft activity
  • 8:30 p.m. - Liturgy in the Chapel of Mercy

Monday, September 23

  • 9:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. - Missioning of employees in Warde, outside Stello
  • 10:10 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. - Missioning of employees in Donnelly
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Meet and greet with local human service agencies and scavenger hunt in the University Center
  • 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. - Catherine's Grab and Go in the University Center (with games)

Tuesday, September 24

  • 9:00 a.m. - Mass to celebrate Mercy Day and the 85th year of the founding of Mount Mercy
  • 10:00 a.m. - Brunch with a reception in the University Center
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Meet and greet with local human service agencies and scavenger hunt in the University Center
  • 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. - Catherine's Grab and Go at the CRST International Graduate Center

Wednesday, September 25

  • 9:00 a.m. to 9:10 a.m. - Missioning of employees in the University Center Commons
  • 9:20 a.m. to 9:35 a.m. - Missioning of employees in Warde, outside Stello
  • 9:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. - Missioning of employees in Basile
  • 10:10 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. - Missioning of employees in Donnelly
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Meet and greet with local human service agencies and scavenger hunt in the University Center
  • 12:05 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Mass and Blessing in the Chapel of Mercy
  • 4:15 p.m. - Missioning of employees in Basile, 2nd floor atrium
  • 4:30 p.m. - Missioning of employees in Hennessey
  • 7:30 p.m. - Service Recognition at the Mount Mercy volleyball game (after second set). Recognition of past awards for Ministry and Service Awards and recognition of a faculty/staff member for their leadership in volunteerism and service.

Thursday, September 26

  • 9:20 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. - Missioning of employees in the University Center Commons
  • 11:30 a.m. - Mercy Peace Walk and Prayer: Meet at the peace pole, and process to the Grotto for a short prayer service for peace
  • 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Lunch and Learn with Sister Jeanne Christensen on "Watering the Roots at the Wellspring of Mercy" - reservations required.
  • 4:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. - Catherine's Grab and Go at Basile
  • 4:15 p.m. - Missioning of employees in Basile
  • 4:30 p.m. - Missioning of employees in Hennessey

Friday, September 27

  • 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Happy Birthday to Catherine McAuley! Cupcakes and ice cream served by Sisters of Mercy and the Mission and Mercy Week committee at lunch in the University Center. 
  • 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Celebrating our Faith Traditions Fair in the University Center (in collaboration with the S-IESA Club)

Saturday, September 28

  • 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. - Catherine's Grab and Go at Basile
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