Sister Janet Ruffing, RSM, will deliver the keynote address. The theme will be, “Enfleshing Mercy in our Lives – A Circle of Giving and Receiving.” The Year of Mercy event will also feature witness talks from individuals representing diocesan ministries, discussing experiences that reflect the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy.
Mercy is one of four core values of Mount Aloysius College. The College emphasizes the values of justice, hospitality, mercy, and service in all of 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, during their time at Mount Aloysius College.
Sister Janet Ruffing is a professor of Spirituality and Ministerial Leadership at Yale Divinity School in Connecticut. Sister Janet was a founding member of Spiritual Directors International (SDI). With more than 6,000 members in six continents, SDI is a nonprofit charity dedicated to serving the community through educational events, publications and outreach programs. Its goal is to connect people with the Sacred Spirit.
Originally from California, Sister Janet, a Sister of Mercy, also holds the title of professor emerita of spirituality and spiritual direction at Fordham University. Her research, publications, and teaching focus on Catholicism, feminism and feminist theology, prayer and spirituality. Sister Janet spent a dozen years in secondary education in Mercy and diocesan high schools throughout California. She has lectured and given workshops throughout the world, including in Australia, Canada, Ireland, England and Guam. Sister Janet was also part of the founding faculty of Mercy Center, Burlingame’s Summer Internship in Spiritual Direction. She has a deep interest in apostolic religious life and frequently addresses leadership groups, formation directors, and religious congregations.
Pope Francis declared a Jubilee of Mercy, which began on December 8, 2015 and will conclude November 20, 2016.