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Discover our guiding principles, historical heritage, and more below:Mission and Philosophy Statements
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.
As a Catholic College founded and sponsored by the Religious Sisters of Mercy, Mount Aloysius College provides a setting in which students are encouraged to synthesize faith with learning, to develop competence with compassion, to put talents and gifts at the service of others, and to begin to assume leadership in the world community. With emphasis on values of justice, hospitality, mercy, and service, the College’s liberal arts core curriculum provides the necessary basis for leadership and the knowledge and skills in a wide range of professions. While the academic focus is paramount at Mount Aloysius, the College also considers spiritual, cultural, social and personal growth as essential elements in the development of the student.
“Mount Aloysius College”
The history of the College is rooted in the Religious Sisters of Mercy, founded by Catherine McAuley in Dublin, Ireland, in 1831. St. Aloysius Academy was built in 1853 and, in 1897, was moved to its present site. The Junior College was founded in 1939 and later amended its charter to include both bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
“respond to individual and community needs”
Mount Aloysius College welcomes women and men of all creeds, races, nationalities and ages. The dignity of each student requires attention to particular needs. Likewise, the importance of community to each individual requires attention to the common good.
“quality programs of education”
In preparation for future professions, students will develop the ability to integrate and synthesize knowledge from various disciplines and a major area of study.
“the opportunity to acquire knowledge”
Academic advising, contact with faculty and staff, counseling, and educational enrichment courses are resources provided to students to enable them to reach their fullest potentials.
“to develop values, attitudes, and competencies”
Mount Aloysius College emphasizes the values of justice, hospitality, mercy, and service in all its activities. Students learn to synthesize faith with learning, to put talents and gifts at the service of others, and to begin to assume leadership in the world community.
“necessary for life-long learning”
The College is firm in its commitment to creating an environment for living and learning in the hope of supporting the lifelong intellectual, spiritual, and emotional development of every Mount Aloysius student.
“an environment which reflects a liberal arts orientation”
The College’s liberal arts core curriculum provides the necessary basis for leadership and the knowledge and skills for success in a wide range of professions. Mount Aloysius considers academic, spiritual, cultural, social, and personal growth as essential elements in the development of the student.
“Catholic, Judeo-Christian heritage”
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. Through course work, religious activities, and service, all students are challenged to grow in faith as well as intellect.
Our college’s four core values are:
- a willingness to enter the chaos of another’s experience in order to ease their pain, to bring one’s heart to their pain
- right relationships among all created beings so that all move steadily toward fullness of life
- an openness of heart and mind which allows one to be at home with oneself and others
- generosity in sharing one’s talent and time to help address the need of individuals and communities
Through classwork, extracurricular activities, special presentations, and more, the Mount Aloysius College community lives out these values every day. They are not just our guiding principles, they are our way of life.
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.
Learn more about the history of our beautiful campus with these printable Walking Tour booklets.
Main Building Historical Usage and Artifacts
Take a walk through our Main Administration building and learn about its fascinating heritage. Explore different notable locations, paintings, and artifacts which link our present with our past. To print this booklet, click here.
Main Building Stained Glass Windows
Spend some time viewing the multiple stunning stained glass windows in the Main Administration Building. Develop a better understanding of their meaning and their history. For this booklet, click here.
Grounds and Buildings
Walk around our full campus, stopping at important buildings and features. Learn about the architecture, chronology, and other historical facts about the Mount Aloysius College heritage. To access this booklet, click here.
The mission of Mount Aloysius College is deeply rooted in its Catholic faith and tradition. Like other Catholic colleges/universities, certain uniquely Catholic dimensions are fostered as a framework for the academic endeavor:
- A Catholic intellectual heritage (2000 years of human effort to grapple with the limitation and potential of human experience)
- A rich diversity of ideas, experiences, and cultures
- A Catholic sacramental principle which takes the world and all of its elements seriously
- A universality which prizes pluralism and diversity and finds a legitimate place at the table for all persons of good will
- A sense of the communitarian nature of redemption (genuine bonds of friendship and mutual respect and support are envisaged as the core of the educational enterprise, not only book learning, but human formation are sought)
Inspired by the Gospel vision of Jesus Christ and a Judeo-Christian faith tradition, Mount Aloysius College provides a faith-centered environment, rich with opportunities for engaging the intellect, the heart, and the soul.
We celebrate the Catholic Liturgy of the Eucharist every Sunday at 7:00 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday at noon in Our Lady of Mercy Chapel. Additionally, Catholic Liturgy is held for special occasions such as Christmas at the Mount and an opening All-College Liturgy each semester to welcome students.
Sacramental and Pastoral Care opportunities are available to students and staff alike. Prayer services, retreats, and faith sharing opportunities are an integral part of campus life. Justice and service immersion experiences are offered throughout the year. Students, faculty and staff are continually encouraged to engage in reflection on and participation in social justice issues and service projects as service-learning courses continue to be a growing dimension of the curriculum. In addition, students take theology courses as part of their class requirements.
Mount Aloysius College was founded by the Sisters of Mercy, who today number 3,217 in the Americas alone, and have more than 7,000 members worldwide. The Sisters of Mercy, an active religious congregation, are rooted in service with an emphasis on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.
Today, the Sisters of Mercy focus on a few key critical concerns: the Earth, Racism, Non-Violence, Immigration, and Women. They understand and act on the need to care for our planet, with goals of sustainability and a just sharing of resources. They also seek to end racism and violence through promoting peaceful actions with a focus on justice. Additionally, they continue to work to overthrow the prejudices and oppression towards immigrants and women.
Through their work, they strive to foster recognition of the connectedness of all people. The Sisters of Mercy acknowledge that in every aspect of our lives, especially service, there is a social dimension. Due to the inter-dependence of all people globally, each of our actions have an influence on shaping the world around us.
It is their strong values and dedication to service which helps guide our campus life here at Mount Aloysius College.