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Anticipating the Beauty of Haitian People

Who would have thought just a few months after initially meeting Sr. Karen Schneider RSM, MD, in early February, 2016, a Mercy College Faith and Healing Series speaker, I would be reconnecting with her for my first international flight at the Miami, Florida airport enroute to Gros Morne via Port au Prince, Haiti to assist with Mercy Focus on Haiti effort. 

Gros Morne, Haiti is a town of 30,000 serving a greater population of 130,000 located in the Northwestern portion of the Artibonite Valley. Via car it takes approximately five (5) hours to reach Gros Morne from the capital Port-au-Prince.

Confessions of an Americorps VISTA

Sometimes when I think about the fact that I’m living in Iowa, it feels like I’m having the most lucid dream I’ve ever had. Iowa was never on my radar growing up.

Kevin.jpgWhen I think about it, I bet you if I surveyed 50 people I grew up with in Biddeford, Maine, only 25 of them would be able to correctly identify where Iowa is in the United States. I don’t even want to know what those same 50 people would say if they had to read “Des Moines” aloud. They’d probably be about as confused as you’d be if I were to tell you I was going “up Down East Maine.”

The truth is, I never thought I’d be a full-time volunteer. I didn’t even know what AmeriCorps was, let alone VISTA, until my junior year at St. Michael’s College.

"I was a business major. The plan was to get my degree, get into an MBA program, and seek out a highpaying job in the corporate world. I’d check off the boxes until I got “there.”

Mercy College Students Head to the United Nations

Two students from Mercy College are heading to the United Nations (U.N.), New York from June 1st  through June 3rd to join an experience with the Mercy International Association, put on by the Sisters of Mercy. Jean Angel, a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) student, and Jordan Schmitt, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) student, were selected out of an interview process to join the Sisters of Mercy as they discuss the Critical Concerns of the Community, including the problem of human trafficking.

“Even the stones will cry out…” Luke 19:40

As the bible verse above hints at, Campus Ministry does not often attract quiet types. Assuredly some of this can be attributed to individual personalities, but an important element of this “proneness to proclamation” comes with the job. If what we say is true about the Gospel, the good news, what kind of people would we be if we did not tell of it whenever we have the chance?

Here at Mercy College, “having the chance” takes on new meaning! As a predominately commuter school, the “traditional” opportunities those in campus ministry at more residential colleges are perhaps more “lean.” But beyond this being a challenge, it is most certainly an opportunity, even a blessing, as well.

Congrats to Our 100 Great Iowa Nurses

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Congratulations to the Mercy College alumni who have been selected as  
100 Great Nurses for 2016!