DALLAS TWP. — Misericordia University will celebrate its founding by the Religious Sisters of Mercy with a series of events for the campus community and public during Mercy Week from Sept. 23-28. All events are free and open to the public.
A Mercy Week liturgy also will be offered at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23 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 Monday, Sept. 24 with an ecumenical prayer service at noon in the University Chapel in Mercy Hall. Religious leaders of various faiths will offer prayers and readings that address the theme of the critical concerns. The presenters will represent a wide variety of beliefs, including the Independent Catholic, Mercy Catholic, Hindu, Buddhist, Latino Christian, Judaic and Native American traditions.
The Ethics Institute of Northeastern Pennsylvania at Misericordia University will present the Sister Siena Finley, RSM Second Annual Lecture on Ethics at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26 in Huntzinger Room 218 of Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall. The topic, “How to Speak to Nones and All: A Politics of Integrity,” will be presented by Bernard G. Prusak, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy and director of the McGowan Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility at King’s College. He will speak on how educators can help young people, whether religious or not, make informed, ethically grounded decisions in the upcoming elections.
Mercy Week will continue with the screening of the documentary, “How to Defuse a Bomb: The Project Children Story,” and a presentation by Denis Mulcahy, a retired and highly decorated NYPD Bomb Squad Officer who is featured in the film at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall.
Mulcahy will discuss his work as one of the founding members of Project Children Charity, an organization in New York that helped defuse tensions in Northern Ireland by offering more than 22,000 children a six-week summer reprieve from the intrinsic, sectarian violence. Actor Liam Neeson is the film’s narrator.
In addition, the Community Fiscal committee of the Misericordia University Staff Council will hold the annual “Stuff the Bus” project in the Wells Fargo Amphitheater from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The annual donations project supports the Domestic Violence Service Center. Working in collaboration with Mercy Associates, the group is hoping to collect 175 items in honor of the 175th anniversary of the Sisters of Mercy coming to the United States.
Items being collected include blankets, towels and washcloths, women’s sweatpants, sweatshirts, pajamas and socks, personal care products, diapers and baby care products, kitchenware, cereal, first aid items and twin sheets. Only new items can be accepted for the collection. Donations from the community are welcome.
Donation boxes will be prominently located in numerous buildings on campus, including Mercy Hall, Mary Kintz Bevevino Library, Trocaire Building, Anderson Sports and Health Center and Banks Student Life Center on the upper campus, and John J. Passan Hall at 100 Lake St.