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 18-29, 2017)

  • Founders Fortnight opens with free ice cream cones and an invitation to acts of kindness. 
  • Ice Cream truck on the driveway from 1:00-3:00pm. 
  • Carlow Day! Opening Mass at 10:00am. 
  • Start the walk to Saint Agnes on the Green at 9:45am or join the procession as it makes its way down the driveway along Fifth Avenue. 
  • Academic convocation in the Rosemary Heyl Theater, Antonian Hall at 12:30pm. 
  • Dr. William Schweers and panel discuss the common reader - The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Sisters of Mercy sponsored dinner for evening students from 4:30pm-6:00pm in the AJP atrium. 
  • Sister Patsy's sale - craft items made by retired Sisters from 10:00am-2:00pm in the University Commons, 2nd floor. 
  • Angela Reed, RSM, Sisters of Mercy representative to the United Nations - Mercy at the UN. 12:30pm in Kresge Center. Refreshments provided. 
  • Mercy Service Day
  • Rally from 8:00-9:00am in Saint Agnes Center 
  • Reception for graduates of the McDarby Institute at 3:00pm in Kresge Lobby.
  • Introduction of new members 
  • Carlow Day of Giving
  • Kindness Rocks from 1:00pm-5:00pm, University Commons, 2nd Floor
  • Join Cynthia Golebie, local organizer of Kindness Rocks to paint rocks and join in this movement. Check out Kindness Rocks on Facebook for more information.
  • We welcome new signs for Gardens celebrating our Core values. Join in the blessing of each of the gardens and enjoy ice cream treats at the end.
  • 12:30pm Hospitality Garden 
  • Catherine McAuley's birthday - celebrate Catherine's 239th birthday with cake and stories about our acts of kindness
  • 12:30pm in Tiernan Dining Room 

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.