Mt Aloysius College - Annual Mercy Week

Monday, September 19, 2016 - 6:53pm to Friday, September 23, 2016 - 12:00pm

Mount Aloysius College, 7373 Admiral Peary Hwy, Cresson, PA 16630

Mount Aloysius is one of 16 college in the United States under the auspices of the Religious Sisters of Mercy.  This week will be marked by time-honored Mercy traditions inspired by 188 years of service throughout the world.  The public is invited to celebrate the Mercy heritage that began in Dublin, Ireland on Sept 24, 1827. On that day, the feast of Our Lady of Mercy, Catherine McAuley first opened the doors of her House of Mercy to the public.

Monday, Sept 19 - Mass at the College Chapel at 11:30AM; At 5PM, Sr. Guiseppe DaBella, RSM will be sharing her personal experiences centered on the core value of Mercy - Room 209 of the iconic Main Building on campus

Tuesday, Sept 20 - Tea and Scones, a traditional Irish soda bread, will be available throughout the 193-acre campus; At 3:30PM the public is invited to hear remarks by Sr. Susan Weetenkamp, RSM.  Sister Sue will discuss her call to become a Mercy sister, and the discernment of her vocation as the process relates to the College's 2016-2017 campus-theme of Voice.  Her presentation is called  "Finding YOUR Voice" ; the day will conclude at 5PM in the Cosgrave Center with a campus-wide Mercy Week art activity.

Wednesday, Sept 21 - Starting at NOON, students will take to the Campus' nature trail to continue readying the new 1.5 mile forested nature trail for visitors; at 4PM a Tai Chi instructor will speak in Cosgrave Center about the importance of servicing your own stress levels before being able to serve others; at 6PM the Tirna Nog Irish Dancers from Tyrone, will perform in Cosgrave Center.

Thursday, Sept 22 - at Noon, The All-College Liturgy will take place in the Athletic Convocation and Wellness Center - celebrated by The Most Reverend Mark Leonard Bartchak, bishop of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese.  Following the All-College Liturgy, Sister Benedict Joseph, RSM, educator, administrator and College-volunteer will discuss the history and heritage of the College in Alumni Hall at 3:30PM

Friday, Sept 23 - Mercy Week concludes by honoring the foundress of the Religious Sisters of Mercy, Catherine McAuley.  At 11AM a prayer service for world peace will held at the Peace Pole located outside Bertschi Center and Technology Commons; an Irish breakfast will be held immediately following the prayer service.

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