The Mercy Service Immersion Program allows our students to experience cultures, communities and needs outside of the comfort zone of our local community. The goal of the program is to serve and live in solidarity with the materially poor/marginalized for a short period of time, and to help students further their journey towards becoming “Women of Mercy.”
The Service Immersion Program will help to encourage students to be others-focused in the midst of an increasingly self-centered world and society. It will also help them to gain a better understanding of the struggle to survive that millions of people fight each day, to think about how they can help, and to appreciate the many blessings they’ve been granted in their own lives. In short, it will be positively life-changing!
To be a Woman of Mercy, means to recognize that there are places and people that have greater needs than ourselves and to stand in solidarity with them.
The 2018-2019 School Year
Misericordia, Chicago: Misericordia offers a community of care that maximizes potential for persons with mild to profound developmental disabilities, many of whom are also physically challenged. By serving society’s most vulnerable citizens, Misericordia also serves the families who want the best for them, yet cannot provide it at home. Through a spectrum of residential options on its 31-acre Chicago campus and in the community, and with a wide variety of programs, Misericordia currently serves more than 600 children and adults from diverse racial, religious and socio-economic backgrounds. Twenty percent of our residents either come from poverty families or have no families and are wards of the State.
Omaha, Nebraska: Faculty/staff members plan service opportunities that they are personally passionate about, with the hope that they can introduce students to potentially new service experiences. The students and faculty/staff chaperones serve at locations throughout the Omaha Metro area for two days; concluding the second day with a shared meal back at school.