Ireland 2019

Classes of 2020, 2021, 2022 Mercy Families:

Young Mercy Leaders Pilgrimage and Tour

Dublin, Ireland

July 15 - 26, 2019

The Young Mercy Leaders program began in 2011 with the visit of Mercy secondary school and college students from around the world to Mercy International Centre. There they discovered together the riches of the Mercy story and were able to return to their daily lives better equipped to be leaders in their schools and world.

The program was such a success that it is now being offered annually with secondary school and college programs being offered separately in alternate years.

In 2019, the Young Mercy Leaders Pilgrimage for secondary school students will be held again in Dublin, Ireland at Mercy International Centre Tuesday, July 16th through Friday, July 19th, 2019.

In our Foundress Catherine McAuley’s time, the building that is now Mercy International Centre, Baggot Street, Dublin, was a thriving centre of education and training and it is wonderful that for these 4 days, the voices of young people from Mercy schools around the world, will once again echo through the corridors and rooms. “Our hope is that Catherine McAuley will become a living presence in the lives of those who participate in this pilgrimage” says Breege Donohoe RSM, a member of the 2013 planning committee. –

We are pleased to be able to again offer to our students this opportunity to experience the summer 2019 Young Mercy Leaders Pilgrimage.

In the week following the Pilgrimage itself we will explore the beautiful country of Ireland. Our tour will be guided by Irish Catholic tour escort and storyteller Batt Burns and will include stops in Knock, Galway, the Cliffs of Moher, Sneem, Killarney and many more of Ireland’s most treasured places. While in Batt’s hometown of Sneem we will work with their local Youth Ministry Group on a service project and will spend the evening with the locals enjoying traditional Irish music and dancing. Batt may even have a story of two to share.

When we make our way back to Dublin making a stop at Blarney Castle on the way. We will close with the Catherine McAuley Walking Tour of Dublin where we can experience more richly the Mercy story by exploring many landmarks of importance in the life of Catherine and the history of the Sisters of Mercy. We will explore more of the rich history of Dublin.

We will be holding an informational meeting with our representative from Corporate Travel for parents whose daughters may be interested in joining us for this once in a lifetime, Mercy immersion experience!

The first meeting to be held on Mon, May14, 2018 at 6:30p in the Media Center.

At that time we will be able to provide you with all the trip details and answer all of your questions. CLICK HERE for travel brochure for you to look over prior to the meeting.

Below is a link to the Mercy International Centre web-site’s Young Mercy Leaders’ Pilgrimage page. In it you will find information about the Pilgrimage and see pictures from previous years. (We last attended, as a school, in 2015)

We are very excited to be able to offer this experience to our students and look forward to seeing you at one of the upcoming meeting. Please plan on joining us.

Yours In Mercy,

Judi Griggs-Dennis

Mercy Associate
Youth Mercy Associate Coordinator
Pastoral Minister
Service Learning Coordinator
Mercy High School