Georgian Court University Receives Nonprofit Partner of the Year

Congratulations to Georgian Court University on receiving Nonprofit Partner of the Year by the Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce! Georgian Court was honored at the end of 2017 by the Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce at their 53rd Annual Awards Reception. GCU was honored for promoting its “Mercy core values – respect, compassion, integrity, justice, and service – in its work with local business, nonprofit organizations, and partnership organizations.”

GCU President Joseph R. Marbach credited the GCU Office of Career Services, Corporate Engagement, and Continuing Education with “playing a strong role in building those relationships – especially when it means exploring internship and employment opportunities for GCU students.” Congratulations to Georgian Court University!

To read more about Georgian Court’s award, visit GCU news.

Year of Mercy Videos from CRS

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has released a series of brief videos on the Jubilee Year of Mercy, which Pope Francis inaugurated December 8, 2015. The four videos feature some of the stars of the Catholic social ministry community, including Fr. James Martin, SJ of America Magazine, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle from the Philippines, Kerry Weber of America Magazine, and Lisa Hendey of   In each of the videos each speaker gives his or her definition of mercy and a short reflection on the Year of Mercy and what it means to them. Be sure to check them out to learn more about the  Year of Mercy!


What video resources do you find most helpful? Let us know!

Catholic Higher Education Kicks Off Year of Mercy

With the initiation of the Year of Mercy on December 8, Catholic colleges and universities have been preparing to live the call to mercy throughout the year. In a recent National Catholic Register article, four ACCU members were featured for their Year of Mercy initiatives.

At Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH, students have begun to put into action what the promptings of the Holy Spirit in a program entitled, “Project Mercy“. The two weekend project will feature six separate events and all seven works of mercy.

Additionally, both Ave Maria University and the University of San Diego have posted online resources for the Year of Mercy to engage their respective university communities.

Finally, The Catholic University of America campus ministry and law school have chosen to make a concerted effort to promote their existing projects related to the Year of Mercy. They have also added initiatives to assist individuals and families experiencing homelessness to “claim legal rights to shelter”, as well as help “low-income workers prepare tax returns and immigrants navigate the citizenship process.”

With all of this in mind, ACCU president Michael Galligan-Stierle has praised such involvement as showing how, “the intertwined values of mercy, justice and compassion animate Catholic institutions of higher education.” He went on to note that ACCU has chosen “Reflecting on the Message of Mercy” as the theme for the annual conference for mission officers.

With the start of the Year of Mercy, Catholic colleges and universities have continued, in their acts of mercy, to act as examples for the world. Keep up the good work!

How does your college or university promote mercy? Let us know! 

#HigherEdWithPope: Gwynedd Mercy University

The culmination of Pope Francis’ apostolic visit to the Americas is the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, PA. As the Meeting is the purpose of the visit, Our Holy Father’s time in the City of Brotherly Love is arguably the most anticipated portion of the visit. In keeping with the excitement over the climactic weekend, Philadelphia’s colleges and universities are more than doing their part to welcome Pope Francis.

One of the universities that is hosting events in anticipation of the visit and the WMOF, Gwynedd Mercy University, is especially attentive to the Pontiff’s message for the Year of Mercy. To reflect this theme and to remain true to their heritage, the students, faculty and staff of Gwynedd Mercy have successfully scheduled a week full of preparatory activities, which include their annual Mercy Week and Pope-a-Palooza.

As an established annual celebration of the university’s history, Mercy Week is full of events honoring the Sisters of Mercy, the university’s founding congregation.  The mission of the Year of Mercy resonates with the values of the Sisters of Mercy, who seek to fill their lives with service for others. The events include live viewings of all the papal addresses and Masses, as well as a special Mercy Day Mass to honor the Sisters and Associates of Mercy at the university. See the flyer on the GMU Campus Ministry website for more details.

Pope-a-Palooza takes place over the weekend of Pope Francis’ actual visit to Philadelphia from Saturday, September 26 to Sunday, September 27. In celebration of His Holiness being in such close proximity, Gwynedd Mercy will be hosting over sixty students from five other universities affiliated with the Sisters of Mercy. They will be joining GMU students, faculty, and staff in a weekend of opportunities to delve deeper into the Critical Concerns of the Sisters of Mercy, to share their faith, and to advocate for our brothers and sisters experiencing poverty and homelessness. They will also be making the trip to the city of Philadelphia to attend the Mass on the Parkway with Our Holy Father.

#HigherEdWithPope: Catholic colleges and universities are greatly anticipating the upcoming visit of Pope Francis to the United States, and several colleges will play a special role during the Papal Visit. This series highlights how certain Catholic colleges and universities are preparing for the Papal Visit, and how Catholic higher education lives out the vision of Pope Francis every day.

Save the Date – Restore Mercy 2015

Save the Date!  Join the Catholic Mobilizing Network (CMN) on Friday, November 6th at the Catholic University of America for their ‘Restore Mercy’ conference. The conference provides participants with the opportunity to delve into the theological and moral context of restorative justice within the Catholic tradition and learn more about the practical aspects of making restorative justice a reality in our country.  Keynote speakers will include Justice Janine Geske & Professor Margaret Pfeil.

For more information regarding CMN’s upcoming conference and to see the flyer, click here.

Restorative Justice Conference Hosted by Catholic Mobilizing Network

Forgiveness and healing are the messages at the heart of the Gospel. Restorative justice programs seek to repair the harm caused when a crime is committed. Join Catholic Mobilizing Network for:

“Restore Justice! Encounter and Mercy: A Conference on Restorative Justice”

November 21, 2014

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Catholic University of America

Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center – Great Room B

620 Michigan Ave., NE

Washington, DC 20064

Mass at 8:30 a.m. in Caldwell Chapel – Caldwell Hall presided by

Most Reverend Ricardo Ramirez, C.S.B., Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Las Cruces, NM

The conference will also be live streamed at and you can participate in the conversation via Twitter using the hashtag #restorejustice. To register, click here: