STATEMENT ON CATHOLIC IDENTITY AND MERCY CHARISM FOR CMHE COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES
The Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas recognizes that higher education is integral to the mission of the Church and is an effective expression of our Mercy mission. The ministry expresses our commitment to the pursuit of truth and knowledge and to the furtherance of the social, political, economic, and spiritual well being of the human community. We encourage collaboration among Mercy institutions, regional communities and sisters in ministry.
-Institute Leadership Conference, Statement on Mercy Higher Education, 1993
OUR CATHOLIC IDENTITY AND MERCY CHARISM
A Mercy institution of higher education stands within the lineage of the Catholic intellectual tradition in its pursuit of truth and integration of knowledge for the common good. It participates in the Church’s mission under the sponsorship of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas through the ministry of education, giving tangible evidence to its mission through ongoing teaching, scholarship and service. It demonstrates the values of mercy, justice and compassion as communicated through the traditions of the Sisters of Mercy. These common characteristics are uniquely given expression within each campus community.
Graduates of Mercy institutions are informed and shaped intellectually, socially and spiritually through a faith-inspired education. The academic study of the liberal arts and sciences and mastery of the professional disciplines enable Mercy graduates to be responsible leaders in their communities and professions. They appreciate and are informed by a Christian commitment to mercy and justice in the world. The living tradition of a Mercy college or university is sustained by a strong collegial community, with hospitality to new ideas and energies, and through collaboration within the Conference for Mercy Higher Education.
– Statement approved by the CMHE Board April 20, 2010, and by the Canonical Sponsor Council April 26, 2010.
THE MISSION OF THE CONFERENCE FOR MERCY HIGHER EDUCATION
The mission of the Conference for Mercy Higher Education is the preservation and development of the core Catholic identity and mission of Mercy higher education in accord with the spirit, mission and heritage of the Sisters of Mercy.