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The statue of Mary at the SXC campus, entitled Our Lady of Mercy

The statue of Mary at the SXC campus, entitled Our Lady of Mercy

The Mercy Mission at Saint Xavier University

Saint Xavier University, founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846, is the first Mercy Institution of Higher Learning in the United States. It is Chicago's oldest Catholic University.  Saint Xavier University has many offices that support our Mercy mission.  This guide gives access to these resources, materials from the Library's collection, and links to online content.

Catherine McAuley, Founder of the Sisters of Mercy


Literature/Videos About the Mercy Mission

Catherine McAuley

Books about The Sisters of Mercy

Journal articles about The Sisters of Mercy

Encyclopedia article about The Sisters of Mercy

Book about the History of SXU and the Sisters of Mercy

Historical Mercy-Related Local Material

First in Chicago: a History of Saint Xavier University, by Joy Clough, RSM (Sisters of Mercy)
This book is also found in our paper collection at LD4865.S32 C56 1997

Theology Symposium, John XXIII Institute: Ten of the world's foremost Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox theologians participated in a 4-day symposium sponsored by Saint Xavier College. Each of the theologians delivered an address on a different theological problem confronting Christianity today. The talks were original contributions to the field, with concentrations on the development of doctrine as a prerequisite to the solution of theological differences and units. Some of the topics included combating atheism, women as priests, and the concept of God in relation to man.

John XXIII Vatican II Symposium host: The theological task confronting the church today : a theology symposium, March 31-April 3, 1966 Saint Xavier College. Chicago, Ill. : Saint Xavier College, 1966.

Mercy Mission Organizations

Within Saint Xavier University:

  • The Sisters of Mercy -- a short history on the University site.
  • SXU's Catholic and Mercy Identity -- describes how a Saint Xavier University education is informed by Mercy traditions and identities; sets forth how the University aspires to be Catholic and Mercy in all areas of its academic and communal life.
  • SXU's Office for Mission and Heritage -- assists the Saint Xavier University community to be more focused on, intentional about, and accountable for pursuing its educational mission as a Catholic and Mercy institution.

Beyond Saint Xavier University:

  • Sisters of Mercy -- official web site listing activities, and ways to become involved.
  • Conference for Mercy Higher Education -- responsible for the preservation and development of the core Catholic identity and mission of Mercy higher education in accord with the spirit, mission, and heritage of the Sisters of Mercy.
  • Mercy International Association -- an organization of the leaders of Mercy Congregations, Institutes and Federations throughout the world, founded to serve the Sisters of Mercy, their associates and colleagues in ministry.

Student History Projects


Part 1: Founding of the Sisters of Mercy

Part 2: Saint Xavier Academy, 1846 to 1915

Part 3: Saint Xavier University, 1915 to 1970

Part 4: Saint Xavier University, 1970 to the present


Sister Cathleen interview (mp3 audio) by Julia Gochee.

SXU Historical Images Database

SXU History Photograph Collection (from the University Archives)

We are building a finding aid and a database of selected images from our Archives photograph collection.

Entry points will be:

  • Important People (Sisters, Presidents, Faculty, Visitors)
  • Important Places (historical buildings and sites)
  • Important Events
  • Themes over Time (i.e. Diversity, Fashion, Candid Shots, etc.)
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