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Mercy Week: September 18-25, 2006

All members of the Saint Joseph College community are invited to participate in Mercy Week, September 18-25, 2006. Continuing a tradition founded in 2005, the College will share its Mercy tradition with the Greater Hartford community through a series of service events and activities, culminating in Mercy Day on Saturday, September 23, 2006. On this day of service, students, faculty, staff and administrators can volunteer at various non-profit agencies throughout the greater Hartford region.

Agencies include: The Salvation Army New Life Center; Rebuilding Together Hartford; Foodshare; Jerome House; American Red Cross; New Britain Youth Services; Birthright; The Catholic Worker; Mercy Housing and Shelter; Saint Mary Home; Catholic Charities; and The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center. Volunteers can sign up online at www.sjc.edu/mercyweek.

Mercy Week begins on Monday, September 18 with tea, scones and a viewing of the film Circle of Mercy. Highlights of the week include an on-campus day of service; a community softball game; an archival exhibition showcasing the College's mercy tradition; Mercy Week Liturgy; a community luncheon; readings and reflections along the Mercy path, a mile-long loop on the campus grounds highlighting the College's Core values.

Mercy Week also includes the College's annual Heart of Life Award ceremony, honoring members of the greater community who fulfill the Mercy ideal of service to society. This year's recipients are Sisters Margaret Farley, Ph.D., and Eileen P. Hogan M'73, M'80. Sister Margaret and Sister Eileen founded the All-Africa Conference, a project intended to bring together African women religious to develop strategies for responding to the pandemic of HIV/AIDS in Africa. Sister Margaret is the Gilbert L. Stark Professor of Christian Ethics at Yale University and is author of six books, including Personal Commitments: Beginning, Keeping, Changing. Sister Eileen is former chaplain at Rikers Island, New York, a former Sisters of Mercy Connecticut Leadership Team member, and founder and former executive director of WomenCare, Inc., a transition program for women leaving prison.

Following the award presentation, Sister Margaret will present the keynote Mercy Week lecture: "Women, Leadership and Spirituality: The Challenge to Power and Mercy." The award ceremony and lecture will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Hoffman Auditorium of The Bruyette Athenaeum.

For more details on Mercy Week, visit www.sjc.edu/mercyweek or contact Kristen Allukian at kallukian@sjc.edu.

Posted 09/12/06.

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