Mercy’s philosophy on service is that we do not want service to simply be a requirement for our students. We want service to become a part of their lives, here at Mercy and beyond. To put this idea into practice, required service hours are kept to a minimum. The hope is that students will experience the importance of service as a way to help others and live out their faith through the required hours, and then choose to continue to serve because they see the value of service within their lives.
To try and help the students unpack their service experiences, all students attend a service reflection once a semester during their theology classes. Each class meets with the Campus Minister to reflect and share the service that they have been a part of and to process through the impact that this service has had on them.
Doing service is wonderful, but if the students do not reflect on their experience, it becomes something that happened once and is done. By processing through their service experiences students are able to learn, grow and hopefully make future service experiences even more fruitful.
It is in the context of Mercy’s mission that the following requirements have been developed:
The 2015-2016 student body turned in over 11,550 service hours.
Last year’s graduating class completed over 12,900 service hours over their four years. This is 9,090 hours more than required minimum. 3,175 of those hours were completed from a Parish or Church.
100% of the class of 2016 completed more service hours than were required to graduate.
Just a few of the local places and organization you can find Mercy students giving of their time: