The Carlow Roundtable is a conference that is comprised of 16 colleges and universities sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas through the Conference for Mercy Higher Education and was created 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.” Inspired by their common Mercy heritage, participants will draw from their knowledge and experience to explore how their heritage and Catholic Social Teaching influences how and what we teach in these institutions of higher learning. The Carlow University Roundtable was conceived in May of 2007 as an opportunity for collaboration and collegial exchange among Mercy institutions where we return to our founding roots in Ireland.
The most recent Carlow Roundtable was held from May 26-June 1, 2013, in Mercy's Home (Mercy International), Dublin, and Glendalough County, Wicklow, Ireland. Representatives from Carlow University as well as other Mercy colleges from throughout the United States gathered in the home of Mercy family all over the world to present and participate in discussions centered on how the values of the Sisters of Mercy inform the work of our teaching and administration.
CMHE colleagues met in Carlow, Ireland, for the fifth Carlow University Round Table and participated in a dialog on teaching in Mercy mission-centered institutions and the role of Catholic Social Teaching. Although each Mercy institution has its own culture, every institution shares the same heritage; inspired by our common Mercy heritage. We will draw from our knowledge and experience to explore how our heritage and Catholic Social Teaching influences how and what we teach in these institutions of higher learning.