Mercy Week events celebrate heritage of MU and founding by Sisters of Mercy

A prayer will be said at the peace pole.

Misericordia University will offer a series of events for the campus community and the public to celebrate its heritage and founding by the Sisters of Mercy. Mercy Week 2013 will be observed Sept. 22-28 and will include a special Mass, a “Stuff the Bus” donations collection and service fair for students.

Mercy Week 2013 will commence with a Mass on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. in the Misericordia University Chapel in Mercy Hall. Sister Regina Ward, RSM, vocation director, Sisters of Mercy Mid-Atlantic, will be the guest speaker.
On Monday, a Mercy Week exhibit will go on display in the lobby of the Banks Student Life Center.
A Mercy Week Liturgy will be held Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 12:05 p.m. in the Mercy Hall Chapel, followed by a Mercy Week Prayer around the Peace Pole in the campus quadrangle at 12:30 p.m.
A Service Fair will be held Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Banks Student Life Center offering students a chance to meet with representatives from numerous local service agencies that work with the community and have a need for volunteers and support. Also on Sept. 25, faculty, staff and administrators who attended the fifth Carlow University Roundtable, a gathering of educators from Conference for Mercy Higher Education institutions in Carlow, Ireland, will offer a roundtable discussion of the global Mercy and higher education issues discussed. The informal talk will be held from 12-1 p.m. in the Catherine Evans McGowan Room of the Mary Kintz Bevevino Library.
Campus Ministry will have an information table in the Banks Student Life Center lobby advocating for immigration reform. A comprehensive immigration reform bill, endorsed by the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops was passed by the U.S. Senate and is pending before the U.S. House of Representatives. Postcards will be available for the campus community to send their thoughts to local elected representatives.
On Thursday, Sept. 26, the University’s Staff Council will also hold a “Stuff the Bus” event on the lawn of the Banks Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Their goal is to fill a bus with donations including new clothes and school supplies for children. The items will be delivered to the McGlynn and Mineral Springs educational centers in Wilkes-Barre and the Noxen Tutoring Program at the Lake Noxen Elementary School. Donations from the public are welcome and can be dropped at the Campus Ministry Office in the Banks Student Life Center. 
On Thursday, Sept. 26, MU students will be encouraged to sign up for an on-campus service project. Assignments will be coordinated through the Campus Ministry.
Other events of the week include a Mother McAuley Breakfast that will be held for Misericordia University Mercy Associates, Sisters of Mercy and members of the Mercy Integration Council. The Misericordia Employee Awards Dinner will recognize employees for length of service and exemplary work ethic. A Faculty, Staff and Student Appreciation Day will be held and feature an ice cream sundae bar for the campus community.
Mercy Week at Misericordia will conclude with a “Comfortable Cup of Tea,” a reception for faculty, staff and Sisters of Mercy from the area. The event will include Irish step dancing and Celtic music to celebrate the heritage of the Sisters of Mercy and the establishment of the religious order by Catherine McAuley in Dublin, Ireland in 1831.
Information on Mercy Week activities at Misericordia is available by calling (570) 674-1483. 
A Mercy Week Liturgy will be held Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 12:05 p.m. in the Mercy Hall Chapel, followed by a Mercy Week Prayer around the Peace Pole in the campus quadrangle at 12:30 p.m.