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September 21 - September 22
Mercy Day commemorates the opening of the House of Mercy on Baggot Street in Dublin, Ireland by Catherine McAuley and her companions. At its establishment in 1827, the house included a school for poor girls and a residence for homeless women.
MERCY DAY OF SERVICE - Wednesday, September 21
On Campus Service Fair
1:00 – 4:00 pm in the Casino Auditorium
Multiple service opportunities will be available for students, faculty and staff. Drop in at any time to participate in one or as many as time permits. Volunteers can pack a lunch or care package, advocate for justice and pledge action for social transformation.
Off Campus Service
Students volunteering for off-campus service must register online and fill out emergency contact & liability waiver forms by 9/18. Sign up for off-campus service here.
- Option 1: Providence House, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm – Students will travel to Providence House in Whiting, NJ to help clean up and organize items at their main office and safe house. Volunteers will be required to fill out/submit a confidentiality waiver. (max of 15 volunteers)
- Option 2: Happy Animal Sanctuary, 11 am- 1 pm – Students will volunteer with the Happy Animal Sanctuary (Toms River) and help maintain the grounds and work with the animals. (max of 10 volunteers)
- Option 3: Fulfill Food Bank, 12 pm – 3 pm – Students travel to Fulfill’s food bank warehouse in Tom’s River to help with operations there. (max of 10 volunteers)
Mercy Day Celebration - thursday, September 22
Dedication of Mercy Cross
1:45 pm outside the Dorothy Marron University Community Chapel
All are invited to this brief dedication of the Mercy Cross recently installed on the outside of the chapel.
Annual Mercy Day Mass
2:00 pm in the Dorothy Marron University Community Chapel
All members of the university community are invited to this festive Mass. We will gather outside the chapel to dedicate the new Mercy Cross. The Mass will call upon God’s grace to animate our service and work for justice. Our critical concern for 2022-2023 will be announced at the conclusion of the liturgy.
First Annual Mulcahy Institute for Social Justice Lecture
3:00 pm in the Dorothy Marron University Community Chapel
Dr. Scott Bennett, Professor of History, Chair of the Dept. of History and Political Science, and Faculty Fellow of the MISJ will offer the Institute’s inaugural lecture, “Nonviolent Activism and Social Justice.” A social with cake and other refreshments will follow.