Statement on Catholic Identity and Mercy Charism for
CMHE Colleges and Universities
The Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas recognizes that higher education is integral to the mission of the Church and is an effective expression of our Mercy mission. The ministry expresses our commitment to the pursuit of truth and knowledge and to the furtherance of the social, political, economic, and spiritual well being of the human community. We encourage collaboration among Mercy institutions, regional communities and sisters in ministry.
--Institute Leadership Conference, Statement on Mercy Higher Education, 1993
OUR CATHOLIC IDENTITY AND MERCY CHARISM
A Mercy institution of higher education stands within the lineage of the Catholic intellectual tradition in its pursuit of truth and integration of knowledge for the common good. It participates in the Church’s mission under the sponsorship of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas through the ministry of education, giving tangible evidence to its mission through ongoing teaching, scholarship and service. It demonstrates the values of mercy, justice and compassion as communicated through the traditions of the Sisters of Mercy. These common characteristics are uniquely given expression within each campus community.
Graduates of Mercy institutions are informed and shaped intellectually, socially and spiritually through a faith-inspired education. The academic study of the liberal arts and sciences and mastery of the professional disciplines enable Mercy graduates to be responsible leaders in their communities and professions. They appreciate and are informed by a Christian commitment to mercy and justice in the world. The living tradition of a Mercy college or university is sustained by a strong collegial community, with hospitality to new ideas and energies, and through collaboration within the Conference of Mercy Higher Education.
Statement approved by the CMHE Board April 20, 2010,
and by the Canonical Sponsor Council April 26,2010
- "McAuley and Newman," Dr. Maureen Scott, RSM
- "Tender Courage," Sister M. Joanna Regan, R.S.M.
- "Charisms, Congregational Sponsors, and Catholic Higher Education," Susan M. Sanders, R.S.M., Ph.D.
- "The Conference for Mercy Higher Education: One Congregation's Choice for Preserving Its Charism," Sheila Carney, R.S.M.
- "Stepping up to Catherine McAuley's dance called 'Right and Left' -
Higher Education and
Service-learning, Mercy Style," Maureen Crossen, Carlow College, Pittsburgh, Pennslyvania
- The Directions Statements of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
- The Critical Concerns of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
- CMHE: Talking Points on Sponsorship
- “The Role of Higher Education in the Mission of the Sisters of Mercy and the Catholic Church,” Mary Aquin O’Neill, RSM, PhD
- “Mercy Higher Education: Culture and Characteristics,” Maryanne Stevens, RSM, PhD
- “Catherine McAuley and the Characteristics of Mercy Higher Education," Mary C. Sullivan, RSM, PhD
- "Wisdom, Dignity, and Justice: Education as a Work of Mercy," Margaret Farley, RSM, PhD
- "Mercy Spirituality, the Foundation for Compassionate Service," Sister Leona Misto, EdD
- Ex corde Ecclesiae