Cresson, Pa. – The Mount Aloysius College community celebrated Mercy Week, an annual tradition that honors the College’s history and values, beginning Thursday, September 21 with the annual All-College Liturgy and concluding on Friday, September 29 with the construction of the “Cereal Wall of Mercy,” made of donated cereal boxes.
The College is one of 17 colleges and universities in the United States that are affiliated with the Religious Sisters of Mercy. Mount Aloysius traces its founding to the efforts of seven Sisters of Mercy in 1853. Mercy Week honors the history and heritage of the order, which began when Mother Catherine McAuley first opened the doors of the House of Mercy in Dublin, Ireland in 1827.
“During Mercy Week, we actively reaffirm the College’s dedication to the core values of the Sisters of Mercy: mercy, justice, hospitality, and service,” said Tonia Gordon, Vice President for People & Mission Integration. “Every event is designed to show practical application of the College’s values and those of the Sisters of Mercy all over the world.”
Events were held every day of Mercy Week, including five presentations given by Mount Aloysius community members, including Mount Aloysius President John McKeegan. Other events scheduled for the week included a day of service on Sunday, September 23, a prayer for peace at the College’s Peace Pole, and a mass with alumni Fr. Justin Treon. Students, faculty, and staff were also welcomed to walk through a display of Eucharistic Miracles set up in Alumni Hall.
For more information on Mercy Week, contact the College’s Mission Integration Office at MissionIntegration@mtaloy.edu.