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After arriving in Pittsburgh in 1843 from Carlow, Ireland, the Sisters of Mercy established numerous schools, an orphanage, and the Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh. On September 24, 1929 the Sisters founded Carlow University under the name Mount Mercy College. This year marks 90 years since our beginning.  

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90th Anniversary News

Carlow University embraces 90th year with continued focus on mercy, service
Sporting orange hair nets and crinkly plastic gloves, hundreds of students, staff, faculty and administrators at Carlow University cooperated to pack 20,000 meals, which will be sent to people in need in Africa.

Be of Mercy
At this year’s Carlow Day, alumna and faculty member Cynthia Busin Nicola shared an inspiring keynote address at the Academic Convocation. Speaking to the incoming class, Nicola took them back over the last 90 years to share the founding of the university by the Sisters of Mercy.

Carlow University in Pittsburgh celebrates 90 years with Broadway hit play ‘Abie’s Irish Rose’
The school is celebrating its 90th anniversary with weeklong events as part of “Time Capsule 1929.” There will be historical displays that include newspaper stories, photos, maps, and memorabilia from the school’s founding year eight decades ago.


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