The Office of Mission Integration strives to incorporate our mission and Mercy core values into the institutional life and programming of Georgian Court University. We also respond to the societal concerns set forth by the Sisters of Mercy. Through our efforts, we hope to inspire students, faculty and staff to be a compassionate community dedicated to the values of our Mercy heritage.
Georgian Court University, founded by the Sisters of Mercy of New Jersey in 1908 and sponsored by the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas since 2007, provides comprehensive liberal arts education in the Roman Catholic tradition. The university has a special concern for women and is a dynamic community committed to the core values of respect, integrity, justice, compassion, and service, locally and globally. Georgian Court University provides students with:
- a curriculum broad enough to be truly liberal, yet specialized enough to support further study and future careers;
- an environment for the entire university community to grow through shared educational, cultural, social, and spiritual experiences;
- and the will to translate concern for social justice into action.
Mercy Core Values
The university is committed to the Mercy core values of respect, integrity, justice, compassion, and service.
- Respect: We reverence the dignity of all persons and all life as gifts of God and strive to promote community in our world.
- Integrity: We believe that fidelity to moral principles, honesty, and sincerity are the basis of trustworthiness in all encounters.
- Justice: We believe ordering of right relationships with all persons and all creation is fundamental to our advocacy for structures that protect the vulnerable.
- Compassion: We embrace the joys and sorrows of others to whom and with whom we minister and are moved to action in solidarity with the human community.
- Service: We joyfully extend our energy and resources on behalf of the poor, sick and uneducated, working to relieve misery and address its causes where possible.
These values are the roots from which Georgian Court University activities, decisions, and behaviors flow.
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The Office of Mission Integration together with Campus Ministry promotes and supports the Mission of Georgian Court University and the charism of the Sisters of Mercy. As such we ascribe to the following principles:
We cherish our Catholic and Judeo-Christian heritage.
- We hold that the Catholic Tradition needs to remain at our core and animate us in mission.
- At the same time, we affirm that the Tradition needs to be engaged in vigorous ecumenical and interfaith dialogue.
- We acknowledge Catholic Intellectual Tradition as a fearless pursuit of truth, beauty and wisdom.
We celebrate the charism and mission of our founders, the Sisters of Mercy.
- We find joy in the all-embracing hospitality which is the legacy of the Sisters of Mercy.
- Our vision an energy is fueled by mercy and compassion which compels us to service and the promotion of social justice and the common good.
- We strive to set an example of the Mercy way to newcomers and visitors to our community.
We witness to an authentic, inclusive Catholicism, which embraces the human dignity of all.
- We promote a vibrant multiculturalism which contributes to the richness and vitality of our living and working together.
- We welcome people with a diversity of faith and belief systems, as well those with no particular faith.
- We provide faith formation and service opportunities for students, faculty and staff of all faiths, in their quest for human flourishing and a purposeful life.
- We shun narrowness that divides and isolates and so discourages groups that cause divisions based on discrimination, hatred and elitism.
- We avoid proselytization and actions which attempt to convert a person from their own faith tradition into another.
- We consider it inappropriate to use misleading, harassing, untrue, or slanderous language about the faith of others.
- We respect the privacy of others in religious matters.
Sisters of Mercy Critical Concerns
The Sisters of Mercy were founded out of a deep concern for persons who are poor. Today, that commitment is focused in five “critical concerns” that we address through attention to personal and institutional choices, advocacy with legislators and other government leaders, and corporate engagement. Read more about our Critical Concerns below.
- Immigration: Believing firmly in the dignity of every person, we work for just and humane immigration laws in the United States, address policies that push people to flee their countries, and examine the global impact of immigration.
- Racism: We believe racism is an evil affecting us all. We work to recognize and dismantle institutional racism in order to become an anti-racist multicultural community,
- Women: Through our university and legislative advocacy, we give special attention to women’s education, health, and spirituality.
- Nonviolence: We work for peace through prayer, education, personal, and communal practices of nonviolence and legislative advocacy to reduce armed conflicts, abuse, and violence
- Earth: We believe in the need for sustainability of life, supporting both a lifestyle and legislation that acknowledge everyone’s right to water and the need to address climate change.