Category: Sisters of Mercy

GCU Salutes the Sisters of Mercy

Over a century ago, seven Sisters of Mercy made their way to Jersey City and, by today’s standards, lived in less than optimal conditions. Their sacrifice and contributions, however, paved the way for what would become a community of Mercy sisters living and serving throughout the mid-Atlantic region, and their work would become the foundation for Georgian Court University.

Over a century ago, seven Sisters of Mercy made their way to Jersey City and, by today's standards, lived in less than o...

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Warming their welcome—Georgian Court Collects Coats for New Immigrants

Georgian Court University faculty, students and staff set out to lend a warm welcome to some of our country’s newest—and most controversial—immigrants this season. During Critical Concerns Week and throughout November, GCU collected winter items for MercyFirst in Syosset, NY.

10383487_10154827194525214_3677203294793569527_nLike Georgian Court, MercyFirst is sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy. The non-profit needs hats, scarves and warm coats for unaccompanied immigrant children who are sent to their shelter after being processed at the U.S.-Mexico border. Often, children who cross the U.S. border arrive with only the clothes they are wearing, and are not prepared for an East Coast winter.

image005The GCU community was generous, and contributed more than 200 lbs. of clothing (and nearly 300 items), including:

17 Coats
31  Hoodies/Sweaters
25 Long-sleeve t-shirts
69 Hats
55 Scarves
92 pairs of mittens and gloves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Georgian Court University faculty, students and staff set out to lend a warm welcome to some of our country's newest—and...

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John Bul Dau Shares ‘Living Testimony’ at GCU

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LAKEWOOD, NJ—Author and philanthropist John Bul Dau (pictured with Dr. Linda James, psychology professor) is often invited to share his life story on college campuses and with other organizations, but there was something special about his November 7 talk at Georgian Court University.

LAKEWOOD, NJ—Author and philanthropist John Bul Dau (pictured with Dr. Linda James, psychology professor) is often invit...

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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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