Mission, Ministry & Service

As an institution of higher education, we strive to create a community-based learning environment where self-discovery, human dignity, and professional competence are natural outgrowths of engagement in the classroom and on campus. Through engagement with the broader community, we seek to cultivate in our students awareness of the world and the development of social consciousness rooted in service, justice, and mercy.

Mission Statement

Trocaire College Trocaire College, a private career-oriented Catholic college in the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy, strives to empower students toward personal enrichment, dignity, and self-worth through education in a variety of professions and in the liberal arts.  Recognizing the individual needs of a diverse student body, Trocaire College provides life learning and development within a community-based environment. Trocaire College prepares students for service in the universal community.


Trocaire College’s mission, to create a community of learning in which students are empowered to discover themselves and gain access to professions in their chosen field, is firmly rooted in our desire to improve the quality of life of those students we serve. The Director of Mission, Ministry and Service acts as the college’s mission officer, overseeing the Office of Service Learning, and providing both pastoral care and campus ministry programming to students.

Learn more about the Office of Mission, Ministry & Service here!

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”

~ Aristotle

Growth Through Service

Trocaire College offers an education that prepares graduates to take their place in the world beyond our walls. Service learning is part of that preparation.

Service Learning

The Office of Service Learning is the hub of service learning experiences at Trocaire, providing resources and support to faculty, community partners, and students engaging in purposeful educational opportunities that serve the community.

Service learning promotes a deep approach to learning. Students learn how to turn theoretical knowledge into applied knowledge, linking course content to “real-life” experiences through service that centers around a community need or issue. Structured reflection activities are used to enable students to understand what was learned and experienced, and how the community was benefited. Related Student Resources can be found HERE.

Why Service Learning?

IMG_5381Dedication to our community is strong. In addition to enhancing academic learning and personal growth, service learning highlights the Mercy tradition of service to the universal community, an integral part of Trocaire College’s mission statement. We believe our commitment reinforces the importance of the connection made through service in educating our students and increasing their understanding of society.



Living the Mercy Tradition

“We witness Mercy when we reverence the dignity of each person, create a spirit of hospitality, and pursue integrity of word and deed in our lives.”  ~ Catherine McAuley

The Mercy tradition is comprised four characteristics – regard for the dignity of the person, academic excellence and life-long learning, education of the whole person (mind, body, spirit), and compassion and justice towards those with less – we believe service learning fosters these characteristics of Mercy.

Learn more about Catherine McAuley and her rich Mercy legacy!

Before completing each academic program, all students must participate in a service learning experience. Our goal is to integrate service learning with course objectives. The type of experience is at the discretion of the academic program and/or professor in collaboration with the Coordinator of Service Learning.

New Model of Service Coming Soon: MERCY ACTION PROJECT (MAP)

Beginning summer 2018, Trocaire will be moving toward a new model of service for our students, replacing the current model of service learning!  Stay tuned for more details.

Trocaire College is a member of the Western New York Service Learning Coalition, a collaboration of colleges, universities and community organizations that work together to strengthen campus-community partnerships and promote student engagement in the community.


About Us

Evidence-Based Benefits of Service Learning

Student Resources

Faculty Resources

The Art of Reflection

Community Partners

What Students Are Saying


Bob Shearn
Director of Mission, Service and Campus Ministry




Pam Jablonicky
Coordinator of Community-Based Learning