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.

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

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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