News Archive : Sisters of Mercy

July 23, 2018 - 2:59pm
KCRG – Volunteers tackle service projects all the time. But the work usually involves cleaning up yards or maybe painting houses. But organizations connected to the Sisters of Mercy in Cedar Rapids did something a bit different to kick off what they hope will become an annual community service project. Volunteers from three organizations connected to the Sisters of Mercy work on building beds at a Marion warehouse. This was the project for the first Circle the City with Mercy community service event. They built beds.
June 6, 2018 - 11:30am
Two Sisters of Mercy who entered the Sisters of Mercy Community in Cedar Rapids decades ago will be celebrating their commitments—one in Cedar Rapids—this year. Sister Therese Ann Spitz, of Cedar Rapids, will be celebrating 70 years with Sisters of Mercy later this month, while Sister Rita Waters, who has been ministering in Washington, D.C. for 28 years, will be celebrating a 50-year commitment.
September 21, 2017 - 3:34pm
Mount Mercy University, Regis Middle School and the Sisters of Mercy took a stand with millions across the globe today to recognize International Day of Peace, commonly known as Peace Day. A project of the United Nations that began in 1981, Sept. 21 is a global holiday when individuals, communities, nations and governments highlight efforts to end conflict and promote peace. This year's theme was Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.
June 28, 2017 - 1:22pm
Three sisters who entered the Sisters of Mercy in Cedar Rapids celebrated jubilees at the Chapel of Mercy on Mount Mercy University's campus. Orignally published in the June 25 edition of The Witness. Sister Genevieve Birchard, RSM, 75th jubilee   
May 12, 2017 - 8:59am
Sister Anne Marie Healy, RSM, 72, died on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, after an extended illness. She was an associate professor at Mount Mercy from 1982 to 2004 and a Sister of Mercy for 30 years. Services will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, May 12, 2017, at the Sacred Heart Convent Chapel. Burial will be at the Mount Calvary Cemetery in Cedar Rapids. Friends may call from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM on Thursday, May 11, 2017, at the Sacred Heart Chapel, with a wake service at 6:30 PM. 
December 15, 2015 - 2:28pm
Sister Roseline Kos, RSM, 98, who served God as a member of the Sisters of Mercy for 78 years, died Dec. 14, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids after a brief illness. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 17 at the Sacred Heart Convent Chapel on Mount Mercy University’s campus, by Rev. Keith Birch and Msgr. Russell Bleich. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Cedar Rapids.
December 8, 2015 - 2:46pm
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.”
June 11, 2015 - 1:25pm
Sister Mary Wilma Wolf, RSM, 97, who served God as a member of the Sisters of Mercy for nearly 80 years, died June 9, 2015, at Mercy Hallmar in Cedar Rapids after a brief illness. Services will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 16, at the Chapel of Mercy on the Mount Mercy University campus, by the Rev. Jim Brockman. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cedar Rapids. Friends may call from 4 to 6:30 p.m., Monday, June 15, at Sacred Heart Chapel, with a wake service at 6:30 p.m. Arrangements are with Stewart Baxter Funeral & Memorial Services, Cedar Rapids.
September 30, 2014 - 1:05pm
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 - 9:52am
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 - 1:35pm
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 - 8:51am
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 - 9:25am
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 - 3:59pm
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 - 2:44pm
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 - 1:09pm
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 - 5:30pm
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 - 1:53pm
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 - 11:36am
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 - 8:37am
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.

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