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Happy New Year 2015: The Gift of the Spirit

Posted by President Barbara Q. Decker J.D. on Jan 1, 2015 3:00:00 PM

Dear Friends of Mercy College of Health Sciences:

I hope this Christmas season continues to be a joyous time for you and your family. My sisters, brothers, and their families celebrated our faith and family traditions in a special way this Christmas. With the passing of my mother in March, the Frank and Mary Quijano family – more than 50 of the 78 family members - gathered a few days after Christmas to reflect on our family legacy while creating new holiday traditions. I know my mother was watching and enjoying this special gathering given her love for us and of the Christmas season.


holy-spiritAs we begin a new year, many of us choose resolutions – to initiate a new health or fitness activity; to begin a new adventure; or, to enroll in a new course or program at Mercy College! These resolutions hold promise of personal growth and learning.

With the same resolve, we are reminded of an open invitation to all of us for the gift of the Holy Spirit. In all faith traditions, the Holy Spirit is there to provide wise counsel and to give voice to our highest ideals and aspirations. In the coming year, let’s pray for the presence of the Holy Spirit in our daily lives.


At Mercy College, we respond to our 2015 New Year’s resolutions and renewal through our mission, vision, values and planning:

  • Advance our ministry: We prepare graduates for service and leadership in the healthcare community by integrating our core values with a professional and liberal arts and sciences education.

  • Foster new initiatives: We aspire to be a national leader for excellence in the delivery and innovation of health sciences education.

  • Strengthen servant leadership: As a Catholic institution of higher education, Mercy College is rooted in the heritage of the Sisters of Mercy, and guided by our core values of knowledge, reverence, integrity, compassion and excellence.

  • Create a bold plan for Mercy College:  As we conclude our Strategic Plan, Advancing our Legacy of Learning Excellence 2011-2014, we will embark on a new strategic planning process in 2015 to enrich and sustain our future.

I want to extend my appreciation for this past year to our students, board of directors, faculty, staff, affiliate members, donors, and friends for their support and genuine commitment to Mercy College. We have truly lived our healing mission and service to our communities. We are grateful for you and for all these blessings that God has given to us.

With Joy and Good Tidings in 2015,
President Decker

Topics: Servant Leadership