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S. Pat McDermott: Not just a call to holiness, but to ‘wholeness’

S. Pat McDermott, president of the Sisters of Mercy of the Institute of the Americas, recently addressed Georgian Court faculty, students and staff.

S. Pat McDermott, president of the Sisters of Mercy of the Institute of the Americas, recently addressed Georgian Court faculty, students and staff. (Photo/AMANDA MACPHEE)


Guest post courtesy of Michelle Giles, GCU Grants & Advancement Communications Specialist

Sister Pat McDermott, President of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, spoke about Vatican II and the Call to Holiness before a crowd of faculty, staff, and alumnae on the evening of April 25. Vatican II, she said, was an invitation to “change our way of seeing” and the Call to Holiness is also a “Call to Wholeness.” Sister Pat noted that in 1962, she was a freshman in all-women’s Sisters of Mercy High School in Omaha, Nebraska and grew up across the street from a Sisters of Mercy convent. Vatican II, she said, was the most significant event of the 20th century in which three themes emerged for the people of the Catholic faith: self-identity, engagement in the world, and participation and accountability.

Vatican II, she said, invited us to renew our identity as people of God, engage in the world for positive outcomes, and open up dialogue and collaboration. She embraced the words of John Paul XXIII:  “mercy rather than severity.” “The Call to Holiness is not a step away,” Sister Pat said. “The Call to Holiness is the whole of humanity.” Sister Pat also discussed the work of the Sisters of Mercy through social justice and charitable works and highlighted their advocacy, Mercy collaborations, and Mercy Taking Action events. “Nothing is separate in the journey of faith,” she said.

The entire text of S. Pat’s presentation can be viewed at http://www.georgian.edu/events/spm.htm.

 

—-Guest post courtesy of Michelle Giles, GCU Grants & Advancement Communications Specialist

Guest post courtesy of Michelle Giles, GCU Grants & Advancement Communications Specialist Sister Pat McDermott, Pres...

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Georgian Court University Sees 46% Increase in Applications

 

GCU in the news---in Times Square!

GCU in the news—in Times Square!

Newly Coed University Enjoys Historic Increase in Interest from Potential Students

LAKEWOOD, N.J., – Less than a year after announcing Georgian Court University (GCU) would admit men, they are seeing record increases in admissions applications, which are up 46 percent overall. Along with 282 applications from men, applications from women are up 9 percent (853 total).

In May 2012, GCU announced it would officially and fully go coed. The University first admitted male students in all undergraduate courses last fall. Men will be able to reside on campus, as well as participate in athletics and other student activities, in the upcoming Fall 2013 semester.

“We have always attracted outstanding students who are drawn to GCU’s mission and the quality of education we provide,” said John McAuliffe, Vice President for Enrollment Management at GCU. “Nonetheless, college-bound students vote with their feet and we’re excited at the response we’ve received as a newly coed institution. These are historic increases for us.”

“Going coed increases the opportunity for students to access a values-driven education in the Catholic Mercy tradition,” said Sister Rosemary E. Jeffries, President of GCU, the only faith-based institution in the lower 15 counties of N.J. “Our values of respect, integrity, justice, compassion and service are independent of gender.”

The excitement about male enrollment is already having an impact. Male athletes have already signed national letters of intent and will have the unique opportunity to play a founding role in the men’s athletics program at the NCAA Division II school.

 

About Georgian Court University

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court announced in May 2012 its transition to a fully coeducational university in 2013. Today, the university serves nearly 2,500 students of all faiths and backgrounds in both undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court’s main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at the New Jersey Coastal Communiversity in Wall.

 

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