News Archive : Sisters of Mercy

September 30, 2014 - 2:05pm
The Sisters of Mercy, the Rohde family and two of Mount Mercy’s most important women will forever be memorialized on the university’s campus.
September 30, 2014 - 10:52am
Two unique exhibits on display from Sept. 25 - Oct. 5 at Mount Mercy University bring to life startling statistics and devastating results of human trafficking–one of the critical concerns of the Sisters of Mercy. The two displays are part of the Journey to Freedom collection and can be viewed in the Basile Hall atrium on main campus (small display) and the Francis J. Pruss Conference Center within the CRST International Graduate Center (more extensive display). Displays can be viewed 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
August 26, 2014 - 2:35pm
Mount Mercy University will honor the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas West Midwest Community with celebration events in honor of the Sisters’ longstanding support and contributions to the university over its 86 year history. During events this fall, the university will rededicate its University Center as “Sisters of Mercy University Center” in homage to the steadfast support of the Sisters since they founded Mount Mercy in 1928.
January 21, 2014 - 9:51am
Human trafficking is an issue of critical concern for the Sisters of Mercy, and January is a national month of awareness on the subject. In simplest terms, human trafficking is the forceful dealing of human beings into sexual exploits or labor forces. As one of three Sisters of Mercy sponsored ministries in Cedar Rapids, Mount Mercy University embraces every opportunity to fold the Sisters’ critical concern into student and community enlightenment.
October 29, 2013 - 10:25am
It is with great sadness that Mount Mercy University mourns the passing of Sister Judith Meyers, who died peacefully at Mercy Medical Center on October 27, 2013. Sister Judith served as Mount Mercy’s mission officer for many years. Friends may call at the University’s Chapel of Mercy from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 29, with the wake service beginning at 7:00 p.m. Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the Chapel on Wednesday, October 30. Our thoughts are with Sister Judith’s family, friends, and the Sisters of Mercy during this difficult time.
June 27, 2013 - 4:59pm
Mount Mercy alumna Sister Laura Reicks '78, of Dubuque, Iowa, was named president of the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community this spring. Sister Reicks will serve a five-year term as president starting July 1. She will reside in Omaha, Neb., to fulfill her responsibilities at the Central Office for the West Midwest Community.
June 6, 2013 - 3:44pm
Mount Mercy University is celebrating the jubilees of eight Sisters of Mercy, representing a combined total of 505 years of service. On Sunday, June 9, each sister will attend a Eucharistic Liturgy at the Chapel of Mercy at Mount Mercy University. Additionally, each will be honored by family and friends at individual receptions from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at various locations on Mount Mercy University's campus. The receptions are open to all friends and community members to celebrate the sisters.
March 21, 2013 - 2:09pm
The Mount Mercy community is deeply saddened by the loss of Sister Pauline Fox '59, who passed away on March 21, 2013. Sr. Pauline taught English at Mount Mercy for 40 years and served as a Sister of Mercy for over 60 years, having celebrated her Jubilee in 2010. She graduated from Mount Mercy in 1959 with a bachelor's degree in English.
February 15, 2013 - 6:30pm
Mount Mercy University has joined educators at 16 other colleges, 32 secondary schools and nine elementary schools sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy nationwide in signing on to a Sisters of Mercy leadership team statement, which emphasizes commitment to building a culture of nonviolence. This unified statement is a direct response to the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Conn., and the ongoing debate around the need for response to the issue of gun violence in the United States.
December 21, 2012 - 2:53pm
On the one week anniversary of the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, President Christopher Blake joined seven other Iowa college presidents – and hundreds throughout the nation – in calling for increased gun control. The open letter to President Barack Obama demands an end to the gun show loophole, a ban on military-style semi-automatic assault weapons, a requirement for customer safety standards for all guns, and the opposition to legislation that would allow guns on college campuses and in classrooms. 
November 12, 2012 - 12:36pm
Mount Mercy University announced today that it has been named one of the 2012-2013 Catholic Colleges of Distinction. This recognition was bestowed by the national organization, Colleges of Distinction, which will feature prominently the selected colleges and universities on its Website.
October 1, 2012 - 9:37am
Mount Mercy University welcomed Dr. Christine Pharr on Thursday, September 27, as the keynote speaker for Mercy Day during Mercy and Mission Week activities at Mount Mercy. Pharr is the vice president for academic affairs at College of Saint Mary in Omaha, Neb.
September 27, 2012 - 9:38am
As part of Mercy and Mission week activities at Mount Mercy University, Dr. Christine Pharr, vice president for academic affairs at College of Saint Mary in Omaha, Neb., will serve as the Mercy Day keynote speaker. Pharr's address, "My Conversion to a Catholic, Mercy College," will be held on Thursday, September 27, in Flaherty Community Room of Basile Hall at 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public; seating may be limited. Refreshments will be provided.
September 21, 2012 - 10:40am
On the eve of Mercy and Mission Week, an occasion celebrated by Mercy schools across the country, I would like to take this opportunity to reflect on the meaning and value of Mercy. When the Sisters of Mercy arrived in Iowa with a desire to follow in the footsteps of Catherine McAuley and to serve "wherever human needs exist," they focused their energies on seeing to the needs of the sick and the poor and providing education to improve lives. In so doing, they created three pillars of this city: Mercy Hospital, the Catherine McAuley Center and what eventually became Mount Mercy University, now celebrating 85 years of educational service to this community. What they left behind, however, created a value that cannot be measured by institutions alone.
September 17, 2012 - 9:00am
As part of Mercy and Mission week activities at Mount Mercy University, Dr. Christine Pharr, vice president for academic affairs at College of Saint Mary in Omaha, Neb., will serve as the Mercy Day keynote speaker. Pharr's address, "My Conversion to a Catholic, Mercy College," will be held on Thursday, September 27, in Flaherty Community Room of Basile Hall at 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public; seating may be limited.
June 7, 2012 - 3:10pm
Mount Mercy University is celebrating the jubilees of seven Sisters of Mercy, representing a combined total of 425 years of service. A reception will be held in their honor on Sunday, June 10, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Convent on Mount Mercy University’s campus.
May 29, 2012 - 12:46pm
Students and staff from nine Sisters of Mercy-sponsored colleges and universities across the United States, including Mount Mercy, converged in Washington, D.C. May 20-24 to learn first-hand about advocacy from the Sisters of Mercy.
March 20, 2012 - 4:26pm
Marissa Butler ’07 has been named campus minister at Mount Mercy University. Butler will work as part of the Mission and Ministry Team, which includes the Office of Mercy Mission and Identity, Campus Ministry, Chaplain and Volunteerism and Service Learning. She will provide a positive impact on the Mount Mercy campus and help maintain the university’s commitment to its Catholic heritage, the Sisters of Mercy, and the common good.
January 23, 2012 - 12:19pm
Mount Mercy University mourns the loss of Sister Veronica Gorman, RSM, who died Friday, January 20, 2012, at age 101 at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids after a brief illness.
March 16, 2011 - 2:59pm
Thursday evening's forum, "Follow Your Call: An Evening for Women Considering Religious Life" with Sister Katherine Hill, RSM, has been canceled. The event was scheduled for March 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Flaherty Community Room, Basile Hall.Sister Katherine, a vocation minister for the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community, was going to lead an evening of reflection and prayer, and provide resources about Mercy Association and Mercy Volunteer Corps, two service opportunities for lay women and men. 

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