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Saint Xavier University celebrates Founders’ Day

University remembers founding Sisters of Mercy, celebrates Liberal Arts and Sciences

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Saint Xavier University Director of Projects Jennifer Younker opens the 2008 Founders’ Day Celebration by ringing the Academy Bell to commemorate the University’s Sisters of Mercy founders outside the Warde Academic Center on Dec. 3 at SXU’s Chicago Campus.

Chicago (Dec. 9, 2008) Saint Xavier University honored its Mercy heritage and celebrated the Liberal Arts and Sciences with its annual Founders’ Day Celebration on Dec. 3 at its Chicago Campus.

The day began with a Eucharistic Celebration in McDonough Chapel. Fr. Francis Tebbe, O.F.M., D. Min., vice president for Office of the President, celebrated mass, and Vice President for Student Affairs John Pelrine gave scriptural reflections. 

Director of Projects Jennifer Younker opened the afternoon ceremony by ringing the Academy Bell outside the Warde Academic Center to commemorate the University’s Sisters of Mercy founders. The bell, originally part of Saint Xavier Academy, which opened in 1846 in downtown Chicago on Wabash and Madison, survived the Chicago fire of 1871. The celebration was interspersed with music provided by SXU’s Campus Ministry Chapel Choir and the Women of Distinction Choral Ensemble.

In celebration of the liberal arts, Provena McAuley Manor assistant administrator Sister Judith Niemet, R.S.M., ’65, discussed what she had learned as a student in the Saint Xavier Art Department and how it informed her understanding and expression of creativity in her lecture “Creativity: A Life Process.”

In her lecture “The Idea of a Mercy University: A Conversation between Catherine McAuley and John Henry Newman,” DePaul University School of Public Service Assistant Director Sr. Maureen Scott, R.S.M., Ph.D., ’64, discussed the relationship between the liberal arts and the practical arts and how Catherine McAuley and Cardinal Newman might have had differences of opinion about what it meant to consider oneself educated.

In “Do You See What I See: When Communication 101 and Political Science Meet,” Director of Media Services Dolores Marek, ’83, and student Mark Piper, Class of 2010, shared their experiences with the mentor/mentee relationship that manifested itself in his making of a video of his trip to Belize for the first Mercy International Service Trip. 

“Our Founders’ Day ceremony honors the heritage of the Sisters of Mercy who established this school, but it also celebrates our grounding in the liberal arts,” said Sister Susan Sanders, RSM, Ph.D., vice president for University Mission and Heritage. “This has been a wonderful Founders' Day celebration, and I thank everyone who shared their time and talents to make this special day happen.” 

Founders' Day is sponsored by the Office for University Mission and Heritage.


Contact: Rick Ducat
(773) 298-3325 or ducat@sxu.edu