The Ethics Institute was established in 1987 by Sister Siena Finley, RSM, and a group of community professionals and leaders from the Wyoming Valley who wished to foster more dialogue on ethical issues affecting the region. It is an institution directed by 15 regional leaders and educators who are committed to the discussion of ethical issues both theoretical and practical. The institute encourages responsible ethical action through informed rational deliberation, and it facilitates this process in the academic community as well as in the community at large through special workshops and forums. The institute also bestows the Sister Siena Finley Ethics Award upon a person or organization that has demonstrated exemplary ethical behavior in their personal, civic and/or professional life during its annual dinner.
The Ethics Institute of Northeastern Pennsylvania at Misericordia University is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the Sister Siena Finley Award to be honored at its 21st Annual Dinner:
Mr. Michael J. Hanley, M.P.A.
Msgr. Joseph P. Kelly, M.S.W., V.E.
This year’s honorees are two individuals who have modeled ethical behavior through many years of hands-on work for those being denied their basic, essential needs of food, housing, security, education, and justice, and through advocating for change in the means that we respond to these necessities socially, politically and ethically. Their work has brought them together on many projects to respond to the needs of the community both in Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, and they continue to make a difference in the lives of many in our region and beyond.
Michael Hanley is the Executive Director of United Neighborhood Centers (UNC) of Northeastern Pennsylvania. He began his career at UNC in 1988 and he has served as its Executive Director since 1995. During his tenure, UNC has more than tripled in size, primarily through the expansion of its housing & community services, and crisis programs. He also serves the community in many other ways including as a Board member of the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania, the Lackawanna River Corridor Association, and the Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education.
Msgr. Joseph Kelly has been a Roman Catholic Priest for 46 years in the Diocese of Scranton and he currently serves as the Diocesan Secretary for Catholic Human Services, the Executive Director of Catholic Social Services, the Executive Director of the Saint Francis of Assisi Soup Kitchen in Scranton, the Executive Director of Camp Saint Andrew in Tunkhannock, and the Episcopal Vicar for Hispanic Ministry. Msgr. Kelly has also served as Pastor or Assistant Pastor in many parishes throughout the diocese over the years.
This year’s dinner will be held on Thursday, November 8, at the Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall on the campus of Misericordia University.