The Ethics Institute of Northeastern Pennsylvania at Misericordia University is offering the special program, "Witnessing Non-Violence at the Pentagon,'' with Father Christopher D. Bisett, O.F.M., senior administrator, U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and an adjunct professor of religious studies at Misericordia University, on Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. in Huntzinger Room 218 of Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall. The program is free.
Father Bisett, an ordained Catholic priest and the Guardian of the Recollect Franciscan Friars, is currently serving in The American Catholic Church in the United States. He holds a top-secret clearance from the DoD. During his presentation, he will discuss the ethical implications of his work at the Pentagon from his perspective as a Franciscan priest in the Catholic Tradition.
At the Pentagon, Father Bisett serves as management analyst, providing technical, analytical and logistical support to the Defense Digital Service, (DDS) an innovative program established by and directly reporting to the Secretary of Defense. It offers support to high-visibility activities within the DDS, including assistance to dignitaries traveling to engage DDS staff, and planning and accountability to the Defense Travel System (DTS) for all travel related to global and emergent operations. The program operated a $30 million budget.
In addition, Father Bisett serves as chancellor, providing administrative leadership and governance for the Archdiocesan Chancery in West Allis, Wisconsin, and is the registrar and a professor at St. John XXIII Theological Institute, an online educational institution. Father Bisett also has more than 30 years of experience in pastoral care, including ministries in hospitals, education institutions, retreat houses, and parochial and convalescent care.
The late Sister Siena Finley, RSM, and a group of community-minded leaders established the Ethics Institute of Northeastern Pennsylvania at Misericordia University in 1987 to foster more dialogue on ethical issues affecting the region. The institute is directed by regional leaders and educators committed to the discussion of theoretical and practical ethical issues. Participants encourage responsible ethical action through informed rational deliberation. They facilitate the process in the academic community as well as in the community at-large through special workshops and forums.
Ethics Institute board members are Deacon Joe DeVizia, Rabbi Roger Lerner, Barbara Quinn, Sister Carol Gallagher, RSM, Assistant Professor Kathleen Gelso, Karen Holcomb, Dr. Cindy March, RSM, Howard Grossman, Rodrigo Gereda, Peggy Rapp, Chris Somers, Attorney Eileen Riley, Alejandra Marroquin, Rick Miller, Paul Reinert and Rev. James M. Calderone, O.F.M., M.Div., M.S.S.W., Ed.D., executive director of the Ethics Institute.For more information about the Ethics Institute of Northeastern Pennsylvania at Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6209 or visit www.misericordia.edu/ethics.