Wednesday, November 23, 2011

SXU to host lecture by foremost scholar on Sisters of Mercy founder Catherine McAuley

Sister Mary Sullivan will speak at 6:30 p.m. on Thurs., Dec. 1

Chicago (Nov. 23, 2011) Saint Xavier University will host Sister Mary Sullivan, RSM, Ph.D., for a lecture titled “Mercifulness Today: Catherine McAuley’s Vision” at 6:30 p.m. on Thurs., Dec. 1 as part of the University's Catholic Colloquium series. This event is free and open to the public and will be held in the Butler Reception Room, located in the Warde Academic Center at the Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St.

Sister Sullivan is today's foremost scholar on Sisters of Mercy founder Catherine McAuley and will share some of her discoveries about the life, leadership and legacy of the woman who insisted that “Mercy [is] the principal path pointed out by Jesus Christ to those who are desirous of following him.”

Sister Sullivan is professor emerita of language and literature and dean emerita of the College of Liberal Arts at the Rochester Institute of Technology. With a doctoral degree in English from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s in theology from the University of London, Sister Sullivan has authored or edited several books and numerous articles about Catherine McAuley and the early Sisters of Mercy. Her forthcoming biography, "The Path of Mercy: The Life of Catherine McAuley," caps years of research on the relevance of the Mercy founder’s emphasis on compassion in both its spiritual and practical dimensions.

The Catholic Colloquium series is sponsored by the Office for University Mission and Heritage. It honors the responsibilities of a Catholic university to its many constituents and illustrates how Catholic universities are resources for examining contemporary civic and social questions.

For additional information, please contact the Office for University Mission and Heritage at (773) 298-3981 or


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