Maria College shapes graduates for leadership and service roles where they live and work. Academic and social activities are embedded with a commitment to mercy and justice and the values of the Religious Sisters of Mercy who founded the College and continue its sponsorship today.  All programs and initiatives offered through Campus Ministry express and uphold the values of the Sisters of Mercy. The four hallmarks of a Mercy Higher Education are: Mercy, Justice, Service and Compassion.  

There is a rich network of opportunities for you to explore.  We understand that you are busy with school, work and home responsibilities, so we will provide information on this webpage and calendar to make it easy for you to stay updated.

Maria Campus Ministry offers you sustenance for your mind and spirit!

Upcoming Events

Commencement Mass
Friday, May 13 | 5:00pm
Mercy Chapel
 
All are welcome to attend the 2016 Commencement Mass--all students, graduates, their family members (children friendly mass) and friends. It will be a fun, celebratory time, even if you aren't Catholic or if it has been a long time since you've been to church. This is Maria College's opportunity to celebrate the Class of 2016, their hard work and accomplishments!

Alternative Spring Break:  THANK YOU to all of the volunteers!
The Office of Campus Ministry provided various services opportunities during Spring Break in honor of the Year of Mercy. Students, Faculty and Staff participated.

Post-Graduate Service

The Sisters of Mercy are affiliated with  a year-long volunteer service program, MercyCorps. If you feel called to serve, live in community and work for justice alongside people who feel inspired to do the same consider applying for MercyCorps. If you are interested in this volunteer service experience or would like to find out about other yearlong service opportunities on a national and international scale, please download and complete the Mercy Corps Volunteer Application. To submit your application please return this form to the Director of Campus Ministry, Mrs. Michelle Thivierge, either via email, fax or in-person at the Campus Ministry Office.

Mercy Day

Mercy Day is September 24

On Mercy Day, we will celebrate the founding anniversary of the first "House of Mercy" (the year 1827 in Dublin, Ireland). Catherine McAuley, founder of the Sisters of Mercy, devoted her life to the poor, sick and uneducated. At Maria, we continue her legacy of caring & compassion by celebrating Mercy Day through prayer, celebration and art.

2015 Mercy Day Recap; Stay Tuned for the 2016 Mercy Day agenda!

Mercy, Mercy Me Prayer Service
9:00 AM | Marian Hall, Courtyard

"Pope Watch" Pope Francis' Address to Congress
9:20 - 11:20 AM | Main Building, 2nd Floor Lecture Hall

Take a Break with a Comfortable Cup of Tea*
12:00 PM | Marian Hall, Courtyard
*Bring your own mug.

Ongoing Activities: Look for tables in Marian Hall and Main Building

Sign up for the Mercy Advocacy Network
Show your solidarity with those, in particular the Sisters of Mercy, who work on issues of injustice and inequality throughout the world. Click here for more information.

Take the Mercy Pledge
How will you commit to extending compassion to others?

Mercy in 6 words
How would you describe mercy (in 6 words)? You will have a chance to write your reflection down and add it to a display.

"Mary, the undoer of knots" 
Marian Hall, Room 107
Take the opportunity to participate in an online art project. Click here for more information.

Mercy in the City
Find out about Mercy sponsored events happening in our area. Sign up for the book club, "Mercy in the City" by Kerry Weber Mercy in the City, by emailing Campus Minister. Later in the fall there is a Q/A session planned with the author.

Sign up for Alternative Spring Break 2016!
It's the perfect time to start thinking about how you will spend your spring break in March.  There is lots of planning involved. For more information about event, email Campus Minister. Faculty and Staff, there is a need for advisors to help with the planning and service!

Spiritual Tips

Week One

“True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence on the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants for nothing, the greatest blessings of humankind are within us and within our reach. A wise person is content with their lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what they have not.” Seneca
What are you aware of, in your midst that is a blessing-or enough?

Week Two

“I cannot help thinking that the best way of knowing God is to love many things. Love this person, this friend, this thing, whatever you like, and you will be on the right road to understanding God better.” Vincent Van Gough
Keep your soul open to the ways that God surrounds you-and seek to love what is in your midst.

Week Three

“A great wind is blowing, and that gives you either imagination or a headache.” Catherine the Great
How does your imagination relate to the Holy Spirit? Catherine the Great’s words also imply that sometimes, we can feel simply overwhelmed by the opportunity to imagine.  Why do you think that is?

Week Four

Meister Eckhart tells us: “this then above all things; be ready for the gifts of God and always for new ones”.
When you reflect on your life, where are the “A-ha moments”, the unexpected turn of events? How have you/do you negotiate the unexpected in life?  How have you come to view them as a gift?