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!