The O’Neil Society was created in 1990 as a tribute to James and Orva O’Neil (her picture hangs in the front of the Chapel of Christ the King foyer). Mr. and Mrs. O’Neil were major benefactors to Mercyhurst during the Great Depression and were the first friends to provide planned gifts to the school.
Mr. O’Neil was the brother of Mother M. Xavier O’Neil and Sr. Regis O’Neil, beloved Sisters of Mercy. With the O’Neils’ generous gift, the Chapel of Christ the King and its striking tower were completed in 1933. Their gifts also made possible the Queen’s Chapel and the original Our Lady of Lourdes statue in the grotto.
Like the O’Neils, many generous alumni and friends of Mercyhurst University have named the school as a beneficiary in their will, an insurance policy, a retirement plan, or a life income plan. Mercyhurst honors those individuals by including them in the O’Neil Society. With such thoughtful planning, the legacy of the Sisters of Mercy will continue to benefit students for years to come.
Donors can designate their gifts to be used to establish a named endowed scholarship fund, toward an academic program of interest, for the general endowment or for the area of greatest need. Gifts can be used to buy needed equipment, books or materials. Funds for hands on, engaged learning opportunities as well as community service are also areas of potential support.
If you have made Mercyhurst part of your legacy, please let us know by completing the Estate Intention Form (PDF) so we can recognize you as a member of the O’Neil Society. If you would like more information on how you could make such a provision, Ryan J. Palm, associate vice president for advancement, is available to assist you and your advisors.
Ryan J. Palm ’07
Associate Vice President for Advancement
501 East 38th Street
Erie, PA 16546