Inspired by the words and vision of Catherine McAuley, Roundtable participants presented papers and websites which explored the influence of the Mercy heritage on the teaching and culture at each of our institutions. These writings and photos are offered for further reflection and for the stimulation of a rich and vibrant relationship among all those who bring the Mercy heritage to life on our campuses.



The Seventh Carlow Roundtable bore the marks of all those that preceded it: shared scholarship, comradery, mutual discovery, enrichment. We came together as scholars from diverse disciplines and research backgrounds with a common interest in the mission of Mercy education and an exchange of ideas, information, and methodologies. We gathered in the first Mercy classroom in Mercy International Centre and at Glendalough -- a fifth century monastic settlement renowned for wisdom and learning. With these shared interests and in these settings laden with meaning, we did the work of the Roundtable. The following papers offer a glimpse of the richness that flows from such common purpose and common inspiration. 


  • Sustainability in Higher Education: A Marriage of Necessity and Mercy Mission
  • Service Learning with Community Engagement that Benefits Volunteer Organizations
  • Collaborative Learning: Engaging and Empowering Nursing Students for Academic Success and Professional Growth
  • The Promotion of Compassion and Justice: Encouraging Inner-Focused Reflection in an Outer-Focused World
  •  From “Discovering the Self in the Big Universe” to “Visioning a Future”: Designing the Bridge General Education Program at Georgian Court University
  • Integrating Catholic Social Teaching and the Critical Concerns of Mercy into the Undergraduate Business Curriculum
  • Griffin Student Leadership Institute: Committed to Serve, Learning to Lead
  • The Carlow Compass Curriculum: Educating Leaders to Create a Just and Merciful World


  • Bringing Learning to Light with Collaboration Centers
  • Impact of Mercy Leadership Academy: Teaching, Service, and Research
  • Veterans and the Mercy Mission
  • Literature and the Light: Reading in a Mercy Context
  • Institutional Support for Mission Leadership in a Climate of Systemic Change: A Mission Focused Leadership Development Model and Its Impact on Teaching and Learning


  • The Next Great Need: Curriculum as Mission
  • Service Learning in the Sciences: Mercy Values and Civic Engagement
  • SIFE as an Effective Tool for Engaging Students in the Work of Empowerment
  • Assisting Students to Incorporate the Value of Service through Curricular and Co-curricular Activities
  • For a Just and Merciful World: Bringing Mercy to Light in the Teaching of Social Movements
  • Operation S.M.A.R.T.™ Teaching Preservice Teachers: The Mercy Way
  • Self-Efficacy Builds Professional Confidence in the Community Classroom
  • Midwifing Global Citizens: A Call to Transformation


  • Ethics across the Curriculum, on Being Bilingual
  • Discovering the Wells of Mercy in “Medieval Life and Thought,” an Honors Course at Gwynedd-Mercy College
  • Student Engagement in the Mathematics Classroom: Using the Language of Mathematics as a Tool for Teaching and Learning
  • Creating and Maintaining Enthusiasm: The Professors’ Guide to Building a Community of Learners through Multifaceted Lessons
  • Occupational Therapy, Service-Learning, and the Mercy Mission


  • Assessing Catholic Identity and Mercy Heritage at a Mercy Institution
  • Hill Street Blues: Are You Serving Your Underserved Population?
  • Demonstrating the Mercy Mission and Applying Service Learning through A Community-Academic Partnership
  • A Signature of a Mercy Education: The New Gen Ed Curriculum at Gwynedd-Mercy College
  • Reflecting the Hallmarks of Mercy Education through a Structured Mentoring Program
  • Implementation of Mission and Core Values into Clinical Teaching
  • Fashioning Voice/s: Dialogue, Reflexivity, and Disorienting Dilemma
  • Sharing Your Voice: Building Community through the Use of Self-Disclosure in the Feminist Classroom


  • The Life and Vision of Catherine McAuley
  • The Mercy Mission Reflected in Our Pedagogy and Curriculum Mercy and Justice: The Humanities
  • Render unto Caesar: Maintaining Mercy Values amid the Pressures to Conform to State and National Teacher Education Regulations
  • Salve Regina University: Charting Its Course by Mission Integration and Planning
  • Toward the Transformative Wisdom of Mercy: Living in-between the Gift of Mercy and the Task of Protesting White Privilege
  • Regina University: A Legacy of Mercy
  • Caught in the Current of the Technology Tidal Wave
  • A Study of Worldview: Mission, Catholic Identity, and Academic Freedom in Colleges and Universities Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
  • Changing Structures . . . Learning Through Doing
  • To Do the Work of God: Catholic Colleges in the Mercy Tradition
  • Connecting to the Community at Its Doors: The Mercy Neighborhood Ministries
  • Service Learning: The Power of University-Community Connections
  • Mercy Works: Building Bridges One Heart at a Time
  • LIFE: Literacy Influences Future Experiences