DALLAS: Misericordia University is offering a series of events for the campus community and the public to celebrate its heritage and founding by the Sisters of Mercy. Mercy Week 2013 will be observed Sept. 22-28.
A Mass will be held at 7 p.m. on Sept. 22 in the Misericordia University Chapel in Mercy Hall. Sister Regina Ward, vocation director, Sisters of Mercy Mid-Atlantic, will be the guest speaker.
A Mercy Week exhibit will go on display in the lobby of the Banks Student Life Center on Sept. 23.
A Mercy Week Liturgy will be held at 12:05 p.m. on Sept. 24 in the Mercy Hall Chapel, followed by a Mercy Week Prayer around the Peace Pole in the campus quadrangle at 12:30 p.m.
A Service Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 25 in the Banks Student Life Center. Students will have the chance to meet with representatives from numerous local service agencies that work with the community and have a need for volunteers and support.
Also on Sept. 25, faculty, staff and administrators who attended the fifth Carlow University Roundtable, a gathering of educators from Conference for Mercy Higher Education institutions in Carlow, Ireland, will offer a roundtable discussion of the global Mercy and higher education issues discussed. The informal talk will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Catherine Evans McGowan Room of the Mary Kintz Bevevino Library.
The University’s Staff Council will also hold a “Stuff the Bus” event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 26 on the lawn of the Banks Center. The goal is to fill a bus with donations including new clothes and school supplies for children. The items will be delivered to the McGlynn and Mineral Springs educational centers in Wilkes-Barre and the Noxen Tutoring Program at the Lake Noxen Elementary School. Donations from the public are welcome and can be dropped at the Campus Ministry Office in the Banks Student Life Center.
Other events of the week include a Mother McAuley breakfast, the Misericordia employee awards dinner and a faculty, staff and student appreciation day.
The week will conclude with a “Comfortable Cup of Tea,” a reception for faculty, staff and Sisters of Mercy from the area. The event will include Irish step dancing and Celtic music to celebrate the heritage of the Sisters of Mercy and the establishment of the religious order by Catherine McAuley in Dublin, Ireland in 1831.
For more information call 570-674-1483.