Scripture on the Hill

Reading the Gospels as a Work of Mercy

Scripture on the Hill is a four-session workshop for adults, including students of Mount Mercy University, seeking a deeper understanding of the Scriptures.

The program is sponsored by the Mount Mercy University Institute, the Pastoral Leadership Program, and the Mission and Ministry Area. 

As Director of Campus Ministry, Bill Mulcahey, S.S.L. will present these courses. In offering this mini-course, Mount Mercy hopes that "the treasures of the Bible may be opened up more lavishly so that richer fare may be provided for the faithful at the table of God's Word" (Constitution on the Sacred LIturgy, 51).

Register online for this event. The registration fee is $60 and includes the cost of the texts used during the course. (The registration fee is waved for current Mount Mercy students, employees and Sisters of Mercy.)

The Gospel according to St. John

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. (John 3:16)

Mercy is above all the experience we have of God. Many summarize the biblical message this way: God who creates the world in love redeems the world in suffering and will consummate the world in joyous well being.

Let's rephrase this in terms of the Mercy Mission of Mount Mercy University. Let's understand mercy "as the willingness to enter into the chaos of others to answer them in their need" (James Keenan). Seen in this light, Creation is an act of mercy that brings order into the chaos of the universe. The Incarnation is God's merciful entry into the chaos of human existence. Redemption is the merciful God in Jesus bringing us out of the chaos that is sin to new life. In John's Gospel, we become a new creation through the Incarnation of the Word who redeems us in a glorious death and resurrection and consummates the world in friendship love.

About Bill Mulcahey, S.S.L.

Bill teaches in the Philosophy and Religious Studies Department at Mount Mercy. He has taught in the Archdiocesan Lay Formation program's formation classes. Before moving to Cedar Rapids in 2002, Bill and his family lived in Central and South America for 15 years where he divided his time working in and forming communidades de base cristianas (basic Christian communities) and teaching and serving as an administrator in universities and seminaries in Panama, Ecuador, and Nicaragua.

Bill received his Licentiate in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome, Italy.

He and his family are members of St. Matthew Parish in Cedar Rapids.


Wednesday evenings
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Busse Library Curriculum Center, Busse Center

Week 1 – June 6 – John 1-6:
Prologue, New Creation –
Jesus feeds his followers both through his revelation and his Eucharistic flesh and blood

Week 2 – June 13 – John 5-12:
The Replacement of Old Testament Feasts –
The Raising of Lazarus and Its Aftermath

Week 3 – June 20 – John 13-17:
The Last Supper –
Jesus’ Last Discourse

Week 4 – June 27 – John 18-21:
Jesus’ Passion, Death, and Resurrection –
The Epilogue