The Dublin Pilgrimage for Young Mercy Leaders
This journey is being organized by Mercy International Centre, the original House of Mercy built by Catherine McAuley before she founded the Sisters of Mercy. College students from all over the world are invited. The heart of the pilgrimage is a three-day conference featuring inspirational keynote presentations as well as breakout groups exploring a variety of Mercy themes. Prior to the conference, the Gwynedd Mercy University group (including faculty members Brigid O'Brien and Mary Jo Pierantozzi) will travel through Northern Ireland learning about “The Troubles” and the ensuing Peace Process. Through presentation, discussion, reflection and prayer, students will engage the history and charism of Mercy, returning to ordinary life better equipped to be Mercy leaders in our college and in our world.
The Conference will be held in Dublin August 5-9. While travel arrangements have not been confirmed, we expect that the Gwynedd Mercy group will leave for Ireland on the evening of Thursday, July 31 (arriving the morning of August 1) and return on Sunday, August 10.
The University is seeking funding to provide generous financial support for the students who attend. The real cost of the trip is approximately $2,000 per student. Participants are asked to contribute $300, of which $100 will be due as a deposit upon acceptance. All are expected to participate in fundraising for this trip, which will cover most expenses, including airfare, housing, and registration fees. Students will be personally responsible for some meals and incidental travel expenses. (Note: a passport is required for international travel; application fee currently $69.)
The students who are chosen will be broadly representative of Gwynedd Mercy at its best. We are seeking students of good character who are passionate about Mercy, and who can well- represent our various Schools, student organizations, athletic teams, etc. Because the University is investing much in these students, they will be expected to “give back” in some way upon return, helping to connect other students with the mission of Mercy during the 2014-15 academic year.
Interested candidates should download an application packet Application 2014 (docx); completed applications are due on Monday, December 2 via e-mail to S. Kati McMahon. After a review and interview process, students will be notified of acceptance by early February. Once the group is identified, there will be several formation meetings later in the spring semester, as well as shared reading and on-line interaction with global participants prior to the pilgrimage.
CATCH A GLIMPSE OF THE 2011 PILGRIMAGE . . .
2011 Pilgrims included (top row, L to R) Mary Ashmore, Kate Taylor, Steven Rufe, Ashley Scheiber (bottom row, L to R) Amy Vandegrift, Katie Kane, Katherine Klinges, Kellie Delhagen and Regina Sellman. (Not pictured: Brigid O'Brien and Mary Jo Pierantozzi.)