The mission of Mount Aloysius College is to respond to individual and community needs with quality programs of education in the tradition of the Religious Sisters of Mercy. Each student is provided the opportunity to acquire knowledge and to develop values, attitudes, and competencies necessary for life-long learning within an environment that reflects a liberal arts orientation and a Catholic, Judeo-Christian heritage.
Why a liberal arts tradition?
The liberal arts tradition of education has a long history in Western civilization. Liberal arts colleges trace their beginnings to European institutions of higher learning in Bologna (1088), Paris (1100) and Oxford (1117). Liberal arts institutions serve to provide persons with skills to perform well in professional settings and with attitudes that value dialogue and communication, an understanding of the diversity of human experience, and an appreciation of beauty in many forms.
Why a response to individual and community needs?
Both the Catholic, Judeo-Christian tradition and the story of the Sisters of Mercy reflect a belief that human persons rely on one another for life and well-being. The dignity of each person requires attention to particular needs. The importance of community to each individual requires attention to the common good. Liberal arts institutions, in particular, have the challenge of educating for leadership that attends to individual need in relation to the common good and attends to the common good in relation to individual need.
Mount Aloysius Values
Our four core values are:
MAC’s core liberal arts curriculum provides a foundation for leadership and professional success. With academics foremost; we also consider spiritual, cultural and social development as essentials in personal growth.
- Seeks to synthesize faith with learning and to develop competence with compassion
- Respects an ecumenical learning environment that encourages the search for truth through discovery, discourse, critical thinking, and communication
- Challenges all to think more deeply about the world, one’s purpose and responsibility towards the world, and one’s identity in an atmosphere that values the dignity and worth of all people
- Emphasizes social responsibility, through systemic change inspired by the works of Mercy, to further justice and peace in our world
Seeks to integrate faith with life through communal worship, sacraments, and spirituality
The history of the College is rooted in the life of the Religious Sisters of Mercy who founded and sponsor Mount Aloysius. Catherine McAuley founded the Religious Sisters of Mercy in Dublin, Ireland, in 1831 as a congregation devoted to service. It was one of the first active congregations of women religious in Ireland.
Today, Sisters of Mercy serve in North and South America, Africa, Asia and Australia continuing their original charism of service to the needy through advocacy and direct service in health care, educational and social service agencies and institutions. The spirit of the congregation, dedicated to honoring the mercy of God, is one of enterprising response to need, coupled with compassion and hospitality, a spirit, which is a goal of the Mount Aloysius family.
Mount Aloysius College traces its Mercy heritage to the small community of sisters who were sent to Pittsburgh in 1843. From Pittsburgh, they established a community in Chicago in 1845 and by 1848 they settled in nearby Loretto. On St. Mary’s Street in Loretto, the Sisters built a school in a tinner’s shop, which was to be the forerunner of St. Aloysius Academy. The Academy, built in 1853, was moved to its present site in 1897. In 1939 Mount Aloysius Junior College was founded through the initiative of Sister M. de Sales Farley, R.S.M. In 1991, Mount Aloysius amended its charter and scope of programs to include bachelor degrees. In the Spring of 2000, the College’s charter was again amended to include master’s degrees. In 2006, Mount Aloysius College is a vibrant leader in higher education.