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