Through the Office of Mercy Heritage, the roots of the University are honored in the creation of a Mercy/Catholic ambiance, through programming and through mission-related events. One such event is Founders Fortnight, a two-week celebration — both serious and whimsical — honoring our Founders and highlighting the Critical Concerns of the Sisters of Mercy: Women, Earth, Immigration, Racism, and Violence. Another is "Good Cup of Tea Day" when, in the Mercy tradition, we gather over tea and scones to learn about the international work of the Sisters of Mercy.

The Office of Mercy Heritage is one of the four offices within the Center for Mercy Heritage and Service.  


Founders Fortnight (September 17-27, 2018)

  • Founders Fortnight opens with free ice cream cones from Sugar and Spice Ice Cream Truck from 1:00-3:00p.m. on the driveway near the bookstore.
  • Voting as Mercy in Action, sponsored by the Institutes for Social Justice and the Department of Political Science from 12:30-1:45p.m. in the second floor of the University Commons
  • Explore how your responsibility to become an informed and engaged citizen connects with our Mercy values.  We will discuss how you can use your voice and your vote to influence policy for a more just & merciful world.  You will hear from students who have participated in Mercy Justice Advocacy and find out ways of how you can become involved in our "All In" challenge. 
  • Mercy Service Day, starting with a breakfast and rally at 8:00a.m. in St. Agnes Center.
  • Homecoming Weekend
  • Sisters of Mercy Pat Murphy and JoAnn Persch will join us from Chicago to share with us their work with immigrants, especially families being separated through deportation. The event starts at 4:00 pm in University Commons, 2nd floor. Refreshments follow. 
  • Reception for evening students, from 4:00-6:00p.m. in AJP Atrium. 

Throughout the Fortnight -

Participate in a joint art project, decorating images of teapots and teacups - symbols of Mercy hospitality. Watch for opportunities in The Commons, in AJP and in Tiernan.

The Office Of Mercy Heritage Sponsors Two Signature Programs

The McDarby Institute

The McDarby Institute offers a yearlong opportunity for faculty and staff to meet on a monthly basis to discuss the richness and responsibilities of being a Mercy/Catholic institution. Participants engage in discussion of our identity and its implications for their work at the University. McDarby graduates meet on a regular basis to continue discussing materials related to our Mercy heritage.

Carlow Mercy Leaders

Carlow Mercy Leaders is an organization which welcomes students into a deeper relationship with our heritage. Members of the group meet monthly to learn our Mercy story, plan service projects, and carries out the service projects. Spring and fall retreats are also part of the annual program.