Our heritage & mission is rich in mercy

Carlow University’s heritage is rich in history and mercy. The University has a unique connection to Ireland through the founding Sisters of Mercy, a religious community started in 1831 in Dublin by Catherine McAuley.

In 1843, the Sisters of Mercy arrived in Pittsburgh from Carlow, Ireland, with a mission to serve the poor, the sick and the uneducated. They established numerous schools, an orphanage and Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh prior to founding Carlow University.

Four women pack boxes as part of mission work at Carlow.

Key dates:

  • Sept. 24, 1929: Sisters of Mercy founded Carlow University as Mount Mercy College
  • 1969: Mount Mercy College renamed Carlow College
  • 2004: Carlow granted university status

Carlow’s mission continues

Carlow University continues to fulfill the sisters’ mission through a learner-centric teaching environment nurturing the individual for a lifetime of learning.

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