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University honors heritage of Sisters of Mercy during Mercy Week
Posted 09/06/2017 03:39PM

Misericordia University will celebrate its founding by the Sisters of Mercy with a series of events for the campus community and public during Mercy Week from Sept. 18-24. Throughout Mercy Week, Misericordia will address the critical concerns of the Sisters of Mercy, who founded the university in 1924. Those concerns include Earth sustainability, immigration, women and children, nonviolence, and racism. The schedule includes a simulation exercise about climate change for students and a talk on medical ethics by Sister Patricia Talone, Ph.D., RSM.

All events are free, and open to the public.

Mercy Week 2017 begins with an ecumenical prayer service on Monday, Sept. 18 at noon in Alden Trust Room 219 of Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall. Religious leaders of various faiths will offer prayers and readings that address the theme of the critical concerns. Presenters represent a wide variety of beliefs, including the Independent Catholic, Mercy Catholic, Hindu, Buddhist, Latino Christian, Judaic and Native American traditions.

That afternoon, Misericordia University celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Ethics Institute of Northeastern Pennsylvania at Misericordia University and honors the late founder, Sister Siena Finley, RSM. The program, "Ethical Considerations for End-of-Life Communication Between Health Care Providers," features a lecture on medical ethics by Sister Talone. A reception begins at 5 p.m. in the Heritage Room of the Mary Kintz Bevevino Library, followed by the talk at 6 p.m. in the Catherine Evans McGowan Room. For more information, please call (570) 674-6209.

The Department of History and Government at Misericordia University hosts a Constitution Day faculty panel that addresses domestic and foreign policy issues for two of the critical concerns – immigration and women – on Tuesday, Sept. 19 from 12:30-1:45 p.m. in the McGowan Room of the Bevevino Library. Panelists will discuss how the three branches of government are working together to implement policies and programs in those two areas during the first year of President Donald Trump's administration. Panel members include Fred Croop, Ed.D., professor of business; Brenda Hage, Ph.D., D.N.P., professor of nursing; and Rebecca Padot, Ph.D. and Christopher Stevens, Ph.D., assistant professors of history and government.

On Wednesday, Sept. 20, a Service Fair in the lobby of the Banks Student Life Center offers students an opportunity to meet with representatives of numerous service agencies from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. More than a dozen organizations are scheduled, including American Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Catherine McAuley House, Heartland Hospice, Oak Leaf Therapeutic Horsemanship Center, Wyoming Valley Alcohol and Drug, McGlynn Learning Center, Luzerne County Child Advocacy Center, Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and Volunteers of America.

Misericordia University Staff Council hosts its annual "Stuff the Bus" on Thursday, Sept. 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Wells Fargo Amphitheater in the center of campus. The goal is to fill a bus with school supplies for students at Lake Noxen Elementary School. The following items are needed: pens, pencils, notebooks, binders, crayons, construction paper, writing tablets, and more. Donations can be brought to Campus Ministry in the Banks Student Life Center.

Campus Ministry hosts a "Climate Change Simulation" for Misericordia University students and the community from 12:30-2 p.m. in Huntzinger Room 218 of Insalaco Hall. The simulation is part of the Catholic Relief Services "I Am Climate Change" campaign. Participants visit four workstations that will educate them about climate change, particularly how wasteful actions by people in wealthier nations add to climate change and affect people in developing countries. For additional information on "I am Climate Change," go to http://university.crs.org

The celebration concludes with a Mercy Week Liturgy on Mercy Day – Sunday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. in the University Chapel in Mercy Hall. Special guests include Mercy Associates of Misericordia University, volunteers who live the Mercy charisms and help further the work of the Sisters of Mercy in the community.

For more information, please log on to www.misericordia.edu/mercyweek2017 or call (570) 674-1877.
Michael and Tina MacDowell Hall
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