Mercy Works

What is Mercy Works? 

Mercy Works, a joint initiative between Campus Ministry and the Center for Social Concerns, seeks to model and invite students into the integration of service and faith-based reflection.

Students will engage in weekly service in the South Bend community in small groups. Student small groups will also gather for prayer and meals to reflect together on their experiences of receiving and extending mercy both on and off campus in light of the Gospels and the Catholic Social Tradition, including the work of scholars such as Henri Nouwen.

Program elements include:

One-month commitment -- new groups start each month of the academic year 
With a small group of 2-5 students, serve 2-4 hours each week at the organization where you're matched 
Gathering for meal/prayer with your small group each week
Entire program gathering at the end of each month for dinner and reflection

Why Mercy Works? 

Mercy is at the core of Pope Francis’s message. He writes: “Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy. These words might well sum up the mystery of the Christian faith.” The Christian life is one of receiving and in turn sharing Christ’s mercy. Jesus compels and calls us all to go out and to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, shelter to the homeless, clothe the naked, and ultimately to share his loving mercy with all of our neighbors. It is not simply a duty, but a part of our identity as followers of Jesus.

This is at times a difficult call to follow as a student. Whether it's not knowing how to serve, how to see those who are in need or feeling uncomfortable doing it on one's own, there are many barriers to doing the works of mercy. Mercy Works facilitates the opportunity for students to engage in the works of mercy, create community, and grow deeper in relationship with God.

What are the kinds of work one can engage in as a part of Mercy Works? 

Partnering with community sites, we invite students to participate in the corporal and spiritual work of mercy named by the Church. Our community partners include the following local agencies: Chiara Home, DePaul Academy, Dismas House, Healthwin, Logan Center, Our Lady of the Road / St. Peter Claver Catholic Worker

How do I participate? 

Fill out the following form and one of the Mercy Works facilitators will reach out to you to talk personally about participating. At that meeting, you will have the chance to talk about what you're interested and decide if you would like to participate.  

Mercy Works Interest Form

Contact Us

We want to hear from you! If you have questions about Mercy Works, or want to learn more, please reach out to us. 

Assistant Director of Retreats and Pilgrimages

Campus Ministry

Director of Community-Based Learning Program

Center for Social Concerns


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Upcoming Events

February 2020

Engaged Learning Forum | Community-Based Learning from the Inside Out
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Postgraduate Service | Precious Blood Volunteers Information Session
Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:30am
Development on the move: Global strategies informed by local contexts
Friday, February 21, 2020 (All day) to Saturday, February 22, 2020 (All day)
Labor Café | Teachers' Strikes, Racial Justice, and the Common Good
Friday, February 28, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

March 2020

Ethical development and life in/beyond higher education
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Deadline | Rev. Robert S. Pelton, CSC Memorial Essay Contest
Friday, March 6, 2020 (All day) to Tuesday, March 24, 2020 (All day)
Engaged Learning Forum | Spanish CBL @ Ten!
Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 8:15am to 9:45am
Labor Café
Friday, March 27, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

April 2020

Labor Café
Friday, April 24, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm