Dedicated to building a more just and merciful world, hundreds of students, faculty and staff participate each year in Carlow University’s Mercy Service Day. This special event takes place at the beginning of each academic year and connects community organizations around southwestern Pennsylvania to the Carlow community. Mercy Service Day is designed to help all first-year students immerse themselves in Carlow’s long tradition of service.
The University’s commitment to service began with Catherine McAuley, who founded the Sisters of Mercy in 1831. In 1843, Frances Warde and six other sisters from Carlow, Ireland, traveled to Pittsburgh, where they founded the first American congregation of the Sisters of Mercy.
Sisters of Mercy are committed to compassionate and caring service of people who are poor, sick and uneducated, regardless of race, nationality, age, gender or religion.