MercyworX – Georgian Court University


July 8-13, 2018

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MercyworX – 2018 Application

Below you will find some helpful information, but program specifics (packing list, times, syllabus, etc.) may not be provided or finalized until the early summer.

Please check back for periodic updates including details about a mandatory on campus orientation scheduled for Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 9:00am-3:00pm!

What is the typical schedule of a day on MercyworX while at Georgian Court University?

Participants arrive to check in on Sunday evening at 6:30pm of the program week. The first evening of all programming consists of a tour of the host facility, an introduction to the week’s events, staff introductions, icebreaker/community building activities and discussions, and then concludes with prayer and reflection. There will be a mandatory on campus orientation on Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 9:00am-3:00pm

*A typical week-day at MercyworX will include:

  • 7:30 am – Rise and Shine!
  • 8:00 am – Breakfast on campus
  • 8:30 am – Morning Prayer
  • 8:45 am – Class Time on Campus
  • 11:45 am – Lunch
  • 12:30 pm – Service Site Work
  • 4:45 pm – Return to campus
  • 5:15 pm – Dinner on campus
  • 6:15 pm – Evening Activities tying faith to action/service to social justice/class homework and prep
  • 10:00 pm – Evening Prayer
  • 11:00 pm – Bed Time

As the above schedule outlines, participants wake up for breakfast and Morning Prayer. After prayer, participants will have a full day consisting of class in the morning, service in the afternoon at a local agency (the schedule may reverse the times for service and class depending on service site needs and faculty availability), and evening filled with social justice and faith programming.

After dinner, participants will join in a variety of dynamic presentations and interactive experiences that introduce them to varying faith, service, and justice themes particular to the MercyworX Experience. Participants will have daily opportunities to reflect on experiences, share with peers, and learn about ways in which they can live out the faith through service to others.

Participants will also have many opportunities to participate in engaging faith experiences, including through music and Mass during the course of the week. Following evening prayer each evening, students head off to bed. The on campus component of the MercyworX experience comes to a close on Friday afternoon.

*Note: Depending on programming content, each day’s schedule may vary. Times are not concrete, just typical. Programming may include speakers, outings, tours, and other activities that would affect the schedule shown above.

What does a week at MercyworX cost?

MercyworX is $1000 per participant. This is an all-inclusive fee that covers food, lodging, transportation during the week, service site set up, 24-hour staff, program content and activities, materials, three college-level credits, and much, much more! We do have limited scholarships available for applicants. Please email Stephanie at for more information about how to apply for a scholarship.

Where do participants stay? What do sleeping arrangements look like?

Lodging for MercyworX will be on the campus of Georgian Court University in Lakewood, NJ. Participants will sleep in a residence hall on campus. Linens are not provided, so students will need to bring all bedding. Students are separated by male and female and our facilitators are on-site to supervise students overnight.

What are the departure and arrival times? What does transportation involve?

Participants on should arrive on *Sunday at 6:30pm of the program week. The program ends on Friday afternoon at which time participants can be picked up from the host site. We arrange all transportation to work sites and any off-site activities during the week.

*time subject to change

Where will the participants be serving during MercyworX?

Service sites are generally located within 30 minutes of the host facility. Agencies served typically include day care centers, housing rehabilitation sites, soup kitchens, food pantries, community gardening programs, and senior care centers among others. The location of this specific program may allow for some neighborhood revitalization and environmental projects related to the coastal region of NJ.

When selecting service sites, safety is always our first priority. All service sites are managed by agencies with which we have developed a working relationship. Our second condition is that they serve poor or needy populations. While many sites work with those who are economically poor, we also work with sites who serve those poor in spirit, loneliness, etc and fulfill our call to serve through the Corporal Works of Mercy.

What do participants need to bring?

NOTE: It is very important that participants PACK LIGHTLY. It is strongly encouraged that participants only bring what is included on the packing list. Simple living is highly encouraged during the week, especially in terms of packing material possessions.

When packing, remember to choose clothing that you would want to wear in 90+ degree weather as well as a sweatshirt or jacket for cooler evenings. Please bring appropriate attire, no spaghetti strap tank tops or short shorts (shorts must be no shorter than 3″ above the knee), especially for the assigned service sites.

Packing List:

  • Work clothes: closed toed shoes, jeans/pants that can get dirty/ruined or shorts of appropriate length (no shorter than 3″ above the knee), t-shirts with sleeves
  • Clothes to change into after work sites and showering (tanks are fine but no spaghetti straps, exposed bra straps or inappropriate words/logos); sandals are fine for evenings
  • Toiletries; including shower shoes/rubber flip flops
  • Reusable water bottle (used for refilling throughout the week)
  • Reusable lunch bag (brown bags will be provided)
  • Healthy snack to share with the group
  • Journal
  • Sun screen and bug spray
  • Sleeping bag or bedding
  • Pillow
  • Towel
  • Fan (optional)

Contact Mare Ernesto for general information about MercyworX.

Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1908, Georgian Court is a co-educational academic institution offering both undergraduate and graduate level programs rooted in the Mercy core values of justice, respect, integrity, service, and compassion.  It is the only Catholic university in Central New Jersey and is located in the Diocese of Trenton.