Cresson, Pa. – Mount Aloysius College, one of 18 colleges in the United States serving under the auspices of the Sisters of Mercy, will celebrate Mercy Week from September 23rd through September 29th. The week will be marked by time-honored Mercy traditions inspired by 186 years of service throughout the world. Mount Aloysius, founded in 1853, invites the community 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 on Baggot Street in Dublin.
Mount Aloysius College President Tom Foley noted that, “the core values of the Sisters of Mercy are part of our institutional fabric. We want to ensure that qualities of respect, care and dignity are the rule not the exception on this campus, directly linking us to the Mercy traditions and to those four core Mercy values—hospitality, justice, service and mercy.
“We continue to be blessed by the spirit of Catherine McAuley embodied in each of these remarkable women – teachers, musicians, scientists, artists, able administrators and so much more,” he said. “We are grateful for their contributions and look forward to their presence on this campus for many years to come.”
Sr. Helen Marie Burns, RSM, vice president of mission integration at Mount Aloysius noted that Mercy Week begins on Monday, September 23rd. “With our celebration of Mercy Week 2013, we mark the rich history of this college, its Mercy story, and its educational service through its 160 year history,” she said. “The sisters on campus will oversee the distribution of tea and scones throughout the College on Monday to start the commemoration of Mercy Week.”
That tradition of comfort and hospitality,” said Sr. Helen, “continues throughout the world to this day wherever the Religious Sisters of Mercy serve.”
Various celebrations will mark Mercy Week throughout the Mount Aloysius Campus. Tuesday, September 24th, is the feast of Our Lady of Mercy. An all-college liturgy presided over by The Reverend John Slovikovski will take place a Noon in the College’s Health and Physical Fitness Center.
On Wednesday, September 25th, Sr. Marie Michele Donnelly, RSM will present “Common Good and Spirituality,” at 7:00 p.m. in historic Alumni Hall. The general public is invited to attend free of charge. Sister Donnelly’s presentation is consistent with the College’s theme for the 2013-2014 academic year, “The Common Good—Citizens in the 21st Century.”
Sister Donnelly serves as an adjunct professor in Religious Studies at Gwynedd Mercy College and also teaches in the Church Ministry Institute for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Sister Marie Michele holds a master’s degree in Theology from Villanova University and has completed post-graduate work at The Jesuit Weston School of Theology.
She will present her lecture, “Common Good and Spirituality” again on Thursday, September 26th at 3:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall.
On Thursday evening, September 26th the public is invited to attend the Vox Nova “Mercy Concert” in the Our Lady of Mercy Chapel at 7:00 p.m. Our Lady of Mercy Chapel was built in 1922 and contains unique architecture and exquisite acoustics.
Mercy Week at Mount Aloysius College will also include historical and artistic displays throughout campus.
Homecoming Weekend—starting Friday, September 27th —will be a fun-filled series of events including the Homecoming Dance on Friday night and continuing on to a series of athletic, social and just plain fun activities throughout the day on Saturday. Coinciding with Ebensburg PotatoFest; Mountie activities start at 10:00 a.m. with simultaneous athletic contests. In the Health & Physical Fitness Center, an all-day Volleyball Tournament starts at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m. On the Calandra-Smith Baseball Field, a college baseball double-header scrimmage also starts at10:00 a.m. Throughout campus for the rest of the day a myriad of activities will include carnival food, a cartoon artist, face painting, Joust Man, an obstacle course competition and opportunities to make your own street sign or a “spin art” t-shirt. Dueling pianos will give diners at treat, competing during the dinner hour in Cosgrave Student Center.
For a full schedule of Mount Aloysius College Homecoming Weekend events go to the website at www.mtaloy.edu/homecoming.