Misericordia University will celebrate its founding by the Religious Sisters of Mercy with a series of free events for the campus community and public from Sept. 22-Oct. 5. Throughout the two-week Mercy Heritage celebration, Misericordia will address the tenets of the Sisters of Mercy, who founded the university in 1924. Those tenets are Mercy, Service, Justice and Hospitality.
Among the highlights on the schedule will be the Sister Siena Finley, RSM Third Annual Lecture on Ethics on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 6 p.m. in Huntzinger and Alden Trust Rooms 218-219 of Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall. Sponsored by the Ethics Institute of Northeastern Pennsylvania at Misericordia University, the lecture, "'Those of Us Who Hold and Control Wealth...Come Home': The Ethical Issues on Economic Inequality." It will be offered by author and economic inequality expert Chuck Collins.
Collins is a widely recognized authority on the causes and effects of economic inequality. He is the director of the Program on Inequality and the Common Good at the Institute of Policy Studies, a Washington, D.C. think-tank, where he co-edits Inequality.org, the institute's website dedicated to tracking inequality-related news and views. He is the author of "Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good" (Chelsea Green). His most recent book, "Is Inequality in America Irreversible?," was published by the Oxford, U.K.-based Polity Press. A reception with light refreshments will follow the lecture.
The Mercy Heritage schedule will begin with a liturgy on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. in the University Chapel. Special guests will 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.
Mercy Day, the anniversary date of the founding of Misericordia in 1924, will be celebrated on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at noon with "Walk with Mercy: Remembering our Beginnings." The short walking tour, hosted by Sister Jean Messaros, RSM, vice president for Mission Integration, and Sister Cindy March, RSM, associate director for Mission Integration, will offer a glimpse into how Misericordia University came into existence and thrived. Walkers will meet at the main entrance to Mercy Hall.
The Community Fiscal Committee of the Misericordia University Staff Council will "Stuff the Bus" in the Wells Fargo Amphitheater on Thursday, Sept. 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The annual donations project will support McAuley Market, a food pantry on campus. Non-perishable food and toiletry items are welcome.
A birthday celebration in honor of Catherine McAuley, the foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, will be on Monday, Sept. 30 from 12-1 p.m. in the lobby of the Banks Student Life Center. There will be a short program and cake. Later that afternoon, the university will host "Misericordia Across the Decades: Stories Shared by Current and Former Employees" at 4 p.m. in Huntzinger and Alden Trust Rooms 218-219 of Insalaco Hall.
In addition, there will be a Service Fair on Thursday, Oct. 3 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., providing an opportunity for Misericordia students to learn about volunteer and service opportunities with various organizations and social service agencies in the region.
For more information, please log on to https://www.misericordia.edu/ mercyheritageor call 570-674-1877.
Misericordia University Mercy Associates will be honored at the opening Mass for Mercy Heritage Celebration on Sunday, Sept. 22. Mercy Associates include, first row, from left: Sister Jean Messaros, RSM, Christine Somers, Rebecca Steinberger, Thomas J. Botzman, Amy Caruso and Sister Cynthia March, RSM; second row, Lauren Gorney, Lailani Augustine, Amy Lahart, Maureen Rinehimer, Vanessa Botzman, Lindsey Riddell and Jean Dobinick; third row, Jessica Nelson; Sharon Hudak, David Pasquini, Stephen Broskoske, Colleen Newhart, Loretta Martin, Gail Wyberski and Georgia Young, and fourth row, Donna Cerza, Charles Edkins, Joseph Cipriani, Allen Austin, Maureen Cech, Ellen McLaughlin, Kathleen Foley and Brenda Nowalis.