MMU celebrates special tie to Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy

As the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy within the Catholic church approaches, Mount Mercy University is reflecting on the special tie the institution has to the holy year.

In preparation for the Jubilee, Pope Francis stressed the importance of the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. In the Bull of Indiction he wrote, “It is my burning desire that, during this Jubilee, the Christian people may reflect on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.”

Founded by the Sisters of Mercy, the university has a strong history in corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

“When you look at Pope Francis’ goals for the Year of Mercy, it is so the people of God can imitate God who is merciful—to become more compassionate and act out of kindness and tenderness instead of judgment,” said Mount Mercy’s full-time chaplain Rev. Anthony (Tony) Adawu. “When you look at Mount Mercy, we are founded on similar principles. We live by the words ‘Our Name is Mercy; Our Spirit is Compassion.’ We seek to connect communities through compassion and mercy. We seek truth in love.”

Because of its connection to the Sisters, the university honors its foundation by blending classroom learning with volunteerism, providing students with opportunities to make a positive impact throughout the community. From packaging boxes of food for Kids Against Hunger to working with local vendors at the Downtown Farmers’ Market to leading book club talks at the Anamosa Reformatory, students continually seek out ways to improve our world.

The Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy opens today, Dec. 8, 2015 and will be a year of re-awakening for Christians around the world until its close on Nov. 20, 2016. Mount Mercy is joyfully celebrating the opening with a celebratory mass for the community to be a part of on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 8:30 p.m. 

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