Mission and Ministry

The Division of Mission and Ministry has particular care for promoting and celebrating the mission, goals, vision and values of Mount Mercy. It identifies and reflects the key aspects of Mount Mercy’s Catholic identity and mercy mission, calling forth the characteristics celebrated by the Sisters of Mercy and voicing the heritage and mission of the University.

The Division champions Mount Mercy’s Catholic identity through expressive articulations of faith, infusing mercy into core aspects of students’ lives and empowering them to discover and articulate this meaning for themselves. The Division of Mission and Ministry works to introduce students to the heritage and values of Mount Mercy through a variety of experiences, including class presentations, orientation programs, service outreach opportunities, special events, and conversations with the Sisters of Mercy.

A special week in September celebrates the mission and vision of the Sisters of Mercy, with fun and engaging activities that highlight Mount Mercy’s Catholic heritage and allows the campus community to join in an expression of that meaning.

Within the Division, the Mount Mercy community has access to the Coordinator of Volunteerism and Service Learning, the Campus Minister, the Chaplain and the Music Minister – all working to create a community atmosphere where every faith and background can come together and celebrate God’s presence in meaningful ways. The staff of the Mission and Ministry Division welcomes people of all faith and non-faith backgrounds.

The Division of Mission and Ministry is responsible for developing:

  • A robust campus ministry
  • Contemporary Catholic sacramental and liturgical life
  • Opportunities for inter-denominational worship
  • Clear dedication to the principles of service learning
  • Opportunities for the campus community to connect with the values of the Sisters of Mercy


Sister Shari SutherlandSister Shari Sutherland
Vice President for Mission & Ministry
ssutherland@mtmercy.edu  |  319-363-8213, ext. 1700

Sr. Shari Sutherland was appointed Vice President for Mission & Ministry in April 2015. Sr. Sutherland supervises the Office of Campus Ministry, collaborates with faculty and staff to foster the institution’s mission and identity, and works to infuse and integrate the vision of the founding Sisters into all aspects of campus life and ministry. She is the former vice president of the Cedar Rapids Sisters of Mercy, and has previously served as the executive director of the Catherine McAuley Center. Sr. Sutherland was previously appointed to the Board of Trustees.
Learn more about Sister Shari's involvement with students on the Hill.