Monthly Archives: April 2013

S. Pat McDermott Examines the ‘Call to Holiness’


S. Pat will discuss the call to holiness and how religious women have responded through the years.

Sister Patricia McDermott, president of The Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, will present a public lecture on Thursday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. in Little Theatre at Georgian Court University. Sister Patricia McDermott values Georgian Court University’s commitment to the Mercy Core Values and honor towards Catherine McAuley. S. Pat will share her perspective on religious women and how they have collectively responded to the call to holiness. Her presentation comes to GCU as part of the university’s ongoing Year of Faith celebration. With the “Year of Faith: A Call to Holiness at Georgian Court University,” GCU is embracing Pope Benedict XVI’s call for a year dedicated to the renewal of faith with programs and events celebrating the universal call to holiness. The Year of Faith began at GCU on September 25 with a Mercy Day Mass celebrating the feast day of Our Lady of Mercy. The program offers opportunities for spiritual reflection, sharing of faith, and contemplation of service and vocation for the campus community.

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S. Pat served as president of the former regional community of the Sisters of Mercy in Omaha, Nebraska, from 1990 to 1998 and as an administrative team member for the previous four years.  She taught English, journalism and religious education at the secondary level for 10 years, and 
has held many board positions in institutions that provide healthcare, education and housing serving with lay colleagues as well as women religious.  She values the commitment to Mercy values that she sees in ministry partners who witness to the spirit of Catherine McAuley and her vision of multiple responses to the needs of those marginalized by our society.

 For more information at GCU and the Year of Faith, contact the Office of Public Information at 732.987.2266.

Something Different is Happening at Georgian Court

CleanUp Something Different is Happening at Georgian Court University

The Sisters of Mercy who sponsor our university challenge us to “strive in our daily lives to approach everything we do with an awareness of our interrelatedness to all Earth life.  For us, these are not just words. They are a call to action!  As a result, when you visit Georgian Court University you will see something different.

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Mercy schools: Committed to nonviolence

GCU joins Mercy schools nationwide in statement on gun violence

Mercy universities, schools commit to nonviolence

Georgian Court University is among the 17 colleges, 32 secondary schools and nine elementary schools sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy nationwide that have signed on to a Sisters of Mercy leadership team statement that emphasizes their commitment to building a culture of nonviolence.  This unified statement is a direct response to the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Conn., and the ongoing debate around the need for response to the issue of gun violence in the United States.

According to the statement, the educators and leaders of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy agree that “this recent shooting reveals a sobering and recurring pattern of crimes in this nation that are fast becoming all too frequent, all the more lethal and that strike at the heart of what we stand for as educators.”

The group stands united around the commitment of the Sisters of Mercy for the sacredness of life and that children must be protected. They deny the idea that increasing armed security in schools will increase student safety. They also ask for practical gun control measures, advocate funding of mental health services and are committed to building a nonviolent culture.

“We are dedicated to this,” says Sister Anne Curtis of the Mercy Institute Leadership Team (ILT). “Mercy educators and sisters committed to justice and non-violence know that this is a complex issue that will require multiple responses.  We hope to contribute to the national dialogue and action from the perspective of over 170 years as educators.”

GCU Hosts Sensory Disorder Entrepreneur and Former Pro Baseball Player Matt Bruback, Tuesday, April 16

Matt Bruback: “Dreams are destined to change as we grow…”

Matt Bruback, former MLB player and creator of the Miracle Belt, will discuss his journey as an athlete and entrepreneur at GCU.

(Lakewood, N.J.) April 5, 2012 — After professional baseball pitcher Matt Bruback injured his knee, coaches were constantly pulling on his uniform trying to get him to feel his balance point to make him more consistent in the strike zone. He realized he couldn’t relate to what they were trying to get him to feel, so while with the Baltimore Orioles he created a weighted belt to help himself become more aware of his body positioning. With the help of his mother and sister in creating the prototype, Mr. Bruback created the Balance Pro Sportbelt™ to improve balance for athletes with sensory deficits.

Two years later, Mr. Bruback took the Balance Pro Sportbelt™ to Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities, Inc., a Sarasota, Florida, agency that serves persons with disabilities, where it was redesigned by occupational and physical therapists to help children with sensory needs and dubbed the Miracle Belt™.

He will share his story with families, educators and others Tuesday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Georgian Court University. The event is free and open to the public.

“Dreams are destined to change as we grow…baseball was my first love and will always be my first love,” says Mr. Bruback. “Baseball allowed me the opportunity to develop a tool that shares God’s love, and if that isn’t a dream come true, I don’t know what is!”

The former pro athlete had invested nine years in the major leagues when he made the difficult decision to leave the game to follow a higher calling—helping kids with autism, ADHD, and other sensory disorders.

The Miracle Belt™, along with the Sensory Belt™ for larger-sized children, teens, and adults are used by occupational and physical therapists for those with sensory needs. The weighted therapy belts promote self-calming, balance, and increased body awareness.

Admission is free, but seating is very limited. Advanced tickets are required by contacting the GCU Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or

GCU’s Holistic Health Faculty, Students Explore Mind, Body, and Spirit at Wellness Expo 2013

20120512_0270Lakewood, N.J., Apr. 5, 2013—Faculty and students in Georgian Court University’s Holistic Health program will host its second annual Wellness Expo Saturday, April 6, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Casino building on GCU’s Lakewood campus. The event is free and open to the public.

From Tai Chi and acupuncture to reflexology and alternative hospice care, the expo features a full day of presentations, including yoga classes for adults and youngsters, and workshops on balancing life for wellness, a drug-free wellness plan, natural weight loss, and more.

See our flier here.

Attendees at the expo will hear from more than 40 exhibitors and guest speakers. Confirmed guests include wellness experts in acupuncture, chiropractic, natural weight loss, herbalism, organic foods, and many other fields. The event includes giveaways, and participants may be eligible to win free massages, acupuncture, distance healing sessions, gift certificates, lottery tickets, a variety of gift baskets (soap, cultured vegetables), jewelry, and memberships for GCU’s McAuley Institute for Lifelong Learning.

“Wellness is about promoting inner healing, energizing our inner motivation, and developing conscious and mindful daily living. I hope this expo will trigger such consciousness in each of us,” says Sachiko Komagata, Ph.D., director of GCU’s holistic health program. Dr. Komagata also leads the university’s 100%-online master’s degree program in holistic health.

Thirty-minute workshops will run throughout the day, starting at 11:00 a.m., and the complimentary yoga classes will take place at 12:00 p.m. for children and 3:00 p.m. for adults.

Pre-registration is not required. For detailed information about the expo, visit the GCU Holistic Health Facebook group at or e-mail Dr. Komagata at

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court announced in May 2012 its transition to a fully coeducational university in 2013. Today, the university serves nearly 2,500 students of all faiths and backgrounds in both undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court’s main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at the New Jersey Coastal Communiversity in Wall.

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