Corporal Works of Mercy

Architecture Commemorates the Corporal Works of Mercy


Common Core - corporal works of mercy on chapel wallThe limestone exterior walls facing the Quadrangle at Sacred Heart University are designed to suggest the pages of a book, complete with their elements of text. They face the Ryan Matura Library across the Quad in a kind of deliberate dialogue. The Catholic intellectual tradition, which informs the University’s mission, insists that authentic learning involves the mind, the heart and the body, so this kind of conversation is an essential element of campus life.

Carved into the walls are the seven practices of charity – known as the Corporal Works of Mercy – that Christ described in Matthew 25:34. They are:

  • Feed the hungry
  • Give drink to the thirsty
  • Clothe the naked
  • Shelter the homeless
  • Visit the sick
  • Visit those in prison
  • Bury the dead

These reminders of the ways to show charity toward others reinforce the mission of Sacred Heart University, which includes responsibility for the common good of society and recognition of the dignity and worth of every human being