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2012

Mercy Day 2012

Sisters of Mercy - UDM MErcy Day 2012
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Internationally, Mercy Day was celebrated September 24, 2012, in honor of the opening of the first House of Mercy in Dublin, Ireland in 1827, which led to Catherine MacAuley establishing the Sisters of Mercy in 1831. TitanTV 61 broadcasted a variety of Mercy-related videos to all day.

At UDM, the Sisters of Mercy Sisters (Marie Henderson RSM shown to the right) handed out cookies and bookmarks about Catherine McAuley on Monday, noon - 2pm in the Student Center.

Sister Mary Justine Sabourin, RSM: Educator & author dies at 101

Sister Mary Justine Sabourin, RSM, died on June 13, 2012 at McAuley Center, Farmington Hills. She was 101 years of age and had been a Sister of Mercy for 85 years. Read More >>

2011

Mercy higher education promoted in TV commercial

In December 2011, the Sisters of Mercy commissioned the production of a TV commercial to promote the values of a Mercy higher education. See the commercial.

Sisters of Mercy elect new Institute Leadership Team

Conference for Mercy Higher Education July 2011
The Instituteis led by a team of five sisters who are elected by members every six years. The current leadership team, elected in July 2011, is:

  • Patricia McDermott, RSM, President
  • Eileen Campbell, RSM, Vice President
  • Anne Curtis, RSM, Councilor
  • Mary Pat Garvin , RSM, Councilor
  • Deborah Troillett, RSM, Councilor

In Memory: Sr. Norita Cooney, RSM, President, West Midwest Community of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas

March 2011
"Vision, leadership, compassion, inspiration, commitment, charisma, mentor, friend" These words emerged from the many messages of comfort that poured in following the death Monday, March 7, of Sister Norita Cooney. The messages came from sisters, staff, associates, volunteers, colleagues and leaders from Omaha and around the country speaking to the impact Sister Norita had during her 71 years of life and ministry. Sister Norita died at Mercy Villa in Omaha. She had been a Sister of Mercy for 53 years.

2010

"An Educational Safari to Kenya"
Judith Mouch, RSM

June 2010
On May 15, I was sitting in Calihan Hall applauding our 2010 graduates. On May 18, I was flying to Nairobi, Kenya to begin my “safari” of the ministries of the Sisters of Mercy from Ireland, hoping to find suitable service and clinical sites for our faculty and students.

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas applauds the 2010 passage of Health Care Reform Legislation

March 21, 2010
The leadership team of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas commends the U.S. House of Representatives for passing this much needed health care reform legislation which provides 32 million Americans with access to affordable healthcare coverage.

2008

Mercy Day 2008 Marked by Growth and Change

September 18, 2008
Sisters of Mercy candidate Taryn Stark is beginning a new life this fall, one she didn’t think was possible until a few years ago. “When I turned 30, I decided I wanted to devote my life to working for the poor, but I thought I was too old to become a sister,” said Taryn.

Sisters of Mercy welcome new Associates

June 25, 2008
(Farmington Hills, MI) – Colleen Connolly and Dorothy Gereke became Associates of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Regional Community of Detroit, in a ceremony on June 20, 2008 at Mercy Center in Farmington Hills.

Sisters of Mercy elect leaders for new West Midwest Community

April 3, 2008
Sister Judith Frikker, RSM, a member of the leadership team of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Regional Community of Detroit, is one of six sisters elected to lead the new West Midwest Community of Sisters of Mercy.

The West Midwest Community, set to launch on July 1, 2008, will bring together several regional communities into one of six geographic communities in the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.

Sponsors' Presentations

Jan. - March 2008
From January to March 2008, UDM Mission and Identity offered several mini-seminars focusing on the history and spirituality of the Sisters of Mercy and the Jesuits. One of these seminars, "Catherine McAuley's Spirit in the 21st Century" by Sr. Judith A. Mouch, RSM, given Feb. 7, 2008, is available online as a PowerPoint presentation.

New Jesuit Superior General elected

January 22, 2008
Spanish theologian Adolfo Nicolás, S.J., 71, president of the Jesuit Conference of East Asia and Oceania and the former provincial of Japan, was elected Jan. 19 as the 30th Superior General of the Society of Jesus, succeeding Fr. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, 79, who resigned after 24 years as Superior General. Read more at jesuit.org.

2007

UDM celebrates Mercy Day 2007

Sept. 24, 2007
University of Detroit Mercy celebrated Mercy Day with the dedication of a Learning Center classroom in memory of Sister Elise Michelin, RSM, who was devoted to teaching and tutoring math and science for more than 40 years at Mercy College of Detroit. Funding for the new classroom was generously provided by the Sisters of Mercy Regional Community of Detroit. The additional classroom will help accommodate the increased usage of the Learning Center by students during the day and evening. View the photo gallery.

2006

Sisters of Mercy celebrate 175th anniversary

Dec. 8, 2006
The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Regional Community of Detroit, will join Sisters of Mercy across the world in celebrating Foundation Day on December 12, 2006. This day marks the 175th anniversary of the founding of the Sisters of Mercy by Catherine McAuley. Since their foundation in Dublin, Ireland, the Sisters of Mercy have spread worldwide, honoring Catherine McAuley’s dedication to serve people who suffer from poverty, sickness and lack of education, with a special concern for women and children.

Father General Kolvenbach visits UDM Oct. 6, 7

The Very Reverend Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J., Superior General of the Society of Jesus, visited UDM in celebration of the Jesuit Jubilee Year 2006. Father General Kolvenbach is the highest ranking Jesuit priest in the world.

Traveling from the Jesuit Curia Generalizia in Rome, Father General Kolvenbach gave an address, &quota;Christ in the City,&quota; Friday, Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Gesu Church.

And Saturday, Oct. 7, Father General Kolvenbach offered a Mass celebrating the Jesuit works of the Detroit Province, at noon in the Sts. Peter & Paul Jesuit Church.

Sisters of Mercy elect new regional leadership

August 10, 2006
The Assembly of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Regional Community of Detroit has elected the following Regional Leadership Team to serve from July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2008: GilmaryBauer, RSM,'69, President; Judith Marie Frikker, RSM,'73; Margaret Mary Platte, RSM, '65, '73; LuAnn Mary Hannasch, RSM.

Sisters of Mercy install green roof

March 28, 2006
As Earth Day (April 22) approaches, the Sisters of Mercy are taking action to protect and cherish God's creation, our Earth. The sisters in the Regional Community of Detroit recently installed a "green" roof system over part of McAuley Center, home to retired Sisters of Mercy.