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Instress has been published by the students of Misericordia since December 1966. The word instress was coined by Jesuit priest and poet Gerard Manley Hopkins. Bernadette Waterman Ward describes instress thus: "Instress is an action of the will - a moral action, for good or evil. Instress is assent, to use Newman's term, to an inscape. To call out an inscape is a pleasure, though not one necessarily leading to God; ... But the ability to see and instress inscapes is the imaginative faculty that makes love possible." Instress at Misericordia is therefore an opportunity of the artistic and literary imagination to make possible something - call it love or even grandeur - like the following, from Gerard Manley Hobkins' "God's Grandeur": 

And for all this, nature spent; 
There lives the dearest freshness deep down thing

Current Issue of Instress

Instress 2024 Digital Flipbook

To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.

- Kurt Vonnegut

Instress Cover 2024

Instress Journal of the Arts 2024

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Past Issues

2023 Issue

2019 Issue

2022 Issue

2018 Issue

2021 Issue

2017 Issue

2020 Issue

Instress Archives

Instress has showcased Misericordia students' literary and artistic ouevre since December 1966.

The first issue of Instress offers an editorial statement and explanation of the choice for the title: "...a magazine through which the reader can share the enjoyment of a creation with the author of originator of the creation. More important, the reader may be moved by the experience to create still another work through which others may share with him, and so on -- ad infinitum."

Click on the button below to access the Instress archives through the Misericordia Digital Commons.

Instress Archive