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Ethics Institute of NEPA presenting special program in recognition of 30th anniversary
Posted 07/13/2017 11:15AM

The Ethics Institute of Northeastern Pennsylvania at Misericordia University is offering the special presentation, "Ethical Considerations for End-of-Life Communication Between Health Care Providers,'' by Sister Patricia Talone, Ph.D., RSM, in recognition of the institute's 30th anniversary and in honor of the institute's founder, the late Sister Siena Finley, RSM.

The program on Monday, Sept. 18 begins with a reception in the Heritage Lobby of the Mary Kintz Bevevino Library at 5 p.m. The presentation by Sister Talone begins at 6 p.m. in the McGowan Room of the library. The program also includes displays and a slideshow documenting key events and accomplishments of the institute. The event is open, free to the public. For more information about the program, please call (570) 674-6209.

The program is part of Mercy Week activities on campus during the week of Sept. 17. For a list of programming, please log on to

"On behalf of the Ethics Institute Board of Directors, I am pleased to have Sister Pat address this all-important issue for our constituents in the region,'' said Rev. James M. Calderone, O.F.M., M.Div., M.S.S.W., Ed.D., executive director of the Ethics Institute. "We look forward to building on Sister Siena's example of leading a life built on high-moral character and ethical standards.''

Sister Talone, a Sister of Mercy of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Community, is an educator who has taught every level from grade three through graduate school. A theological ethicist, she is a consultant, lecturer and writer in the areas of mission, ethics and formation. She was vice president of mission services at the Catholic Health Association of the United States from 2003-16 and was the director of vocations and temporary professed for the Sisters of Mercy from 1972-83.

She holds a Ph.D. in theological ethics from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and a Master of Arts degree in religious studies from St. Charles Seminary, Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. Sister Talone earned her undergraduate degree in humanities from Gwynedd-Mercy College, Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania.

In the community, Sister Talone volunteers on several boards, including the Board of Trustees at Georgian Court University, Lakewood, New Jersey; Catholic Climate Covenant, Washington, D.C., and St. Ignatius Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She also served for many years on the Institutional Review Board of the American Academy of Radiology, and as a board member of the National Catholic AIDS Network and Mid-America Transplant Services.

Sister Talone has published numerous articles in theological and health care journals and periodicals. Her peers have recognized her work. In 1994, she received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching from Gwynedd-Mercy College. Sister Talone was awarded honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees from The University of Scranton in 2005 and Misericordia University in 2011.

The late Sister Siena Finley, RSM, and a group of community leaders and professionals established the Ethics Institute of Northeastern Pennsylvania at Misericordia University in 1987 in order 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, Dr. Peggy Rapp, Dr. Chris Somers, Attorney Eileen Riley, Alejandra Marroquin, Rick Miller, Dr. Paul Reinert and Dr. Calderone.

For more information about the Ethics Institute of Northeastern Pennsylvania at Misericordia University, please log on to or contact Dr. James Calderone at (570) 674-6209 or
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