Anyone who knows Beth Fischer, RSM, ’76, could have predicted that even a global pandemic wouldn’t get in the way of her ability to plan for and engage USJ students in service during Mercy Week. “It’s all about bringing Mercy to our community and this year, more than ever, our community needed our help.” Mercy Week, a tradition at USJ started 15 years ago, remains as relevant and important as ever.
Lynnette Colón, Director, Campus Ministry worked with Sister Beth on implementing the programs for the week, from collecting supplies for the food drive to integrating a Mercy Sunday liturgy into the weekly Mass. Lynnette remarked about the significance of continuing Mercy Week this year, “It is important that we provide experiences that remind us that Mercy is every day. During the ups and downs.” Together, the USJ Community assembled over 200 snack packs for the Franciscan Center for Urban Ministry that will be distributed to individuals experiencing homelessness, and collected over 100 pounds food for the food pantry at Mercy Housing and Shelter, a strategic non-profit partner to USJ.
While the supplies are critical and appreciated, the greatest value comes from the connection our students make through service. Sister Beth often says, “Meeting people halfway is the most significant journey we can take. We don’t work for each other, we work with each other. We go wherever needed, we stand with people and hopefully we help people stand up for themselves.”
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