Rockhurst Continues Year of Mercy

Students volunteer for the Joseph of Arimathea Society to serve as pallbearers for the homeless and indigent.  The servies were provided by Charter Funeral (Jimmy Radovich '99, General Manager).  

Pope Francis proclaimed an Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy that would run from December 8th, 2015 to November 20th, 2016.  Since last December, Rockhurst has actively stressed the importance of mercy at the school.

“Mercy” is “The willingness to enter into the chaos of another.”  according to James Keenan, SJ Boston College University.

Corporal Works of Mercy include: feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, sheltering the homeless, visiting the sick, visiting the prisoners, burying the dead, and giving alms to the poor.  Spiritual Works of Mercy include: counseling the doubtful, instructing the ignorant, admonishing the sinner, comforting the sorrowful, forgiving injuries, bearing wrongs patiently, and praying for the living and the dead.

A faculty and staff committee led by Mrs. Gansner, selected the book, "Just Mercy" by Bryan Stevenson for the whole school to read over the summer as part of the Year of Mercy.  The book is especially connected to the Corporal Work of Mercy, “visiting the prisoners.”  To start off the 2016-17 school year, Theology classes spent time discussing the book and how each student can increase the role of mercy in his life.

But many students are taking this mercy much further than just discussion.  They are actiely participating in Corporal Works of Mercy throughout the Kansas City community.  

  • Burying the Dead: 72 Juniors and 28 Seniors signed up for the Joseph of Arimathea Society to serve as pallbearers for the homeless and indigent. 

  • Visiting the Sick: A group of freshmen visit The Forum each Thursday after school to play cards, games, and other activities with senior residents.

  • Feeding the Hungry and Giving Drink to the Thirsty: Students attend Cherith Brook Catholic Worker House on the second Thursday of every month and Kansas City Community Kitchen on days off school. 

  • Mercy times Infinitiy: A group of students will be attending the Ignatian Solidarity Network this November.  The theme is "Mercy in Action."  

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