Ethics Institute honors Msgr. Kelly and Mr. Hanley

The Ethics Institute of Northeastern Pennsylvania at Misericordia University recognized Michael J. Hanley, M.P.A., executive director of United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania, and Monsignor Joseph P. Kelly, M.S.W., V.E., executive director of Catholic Social Services and St. Francis of Assisi Soup Kitchen, for their years of working for the betterment of those most in need by presenting them with the 2012 Sister Siena Finley, RSM Ethics Award at the 21st annual Ethics Institute Dinner at Misericordia University.

“Mr. Hanley and Monsignor Kelly have been a model of ethical behavior through many years of hands-on work for people who have been denied their basic, essential needs of food, housing, security, education and justice,’’ said Joseph Curran, Ph.D., executive director of the Ethics Institute at Misericordia University. “Their work has brought them together on many projects to respond to the needs of the community both in Scranton and in Wilkes-Barre. They continue to make a difference in the lives of many in our region and beyond.’’

Mr. Hanley began his career at United Neighborhood Centers in 1988 and has served as its executive director since 1995. During his tenure, the organization has more than tripled in size, primarily through the expansion of its crisis programs, and housing and community services. 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.

Monsignor Kelly has been a Roman Catholic priest in the Diocese of Scranton for 46 years. He currently serves as the diocesan secretary for Catholic human services, and as executive director of Catholic Social Services, St. Francis of Assisi Soup Kitchen, and Camp St. Andrew in Tunkhannock, Pa., and as the Episcopal Vicar for Hispanic Ministry. Monsignor Kelly also has served as a pastor or assistant pastor in many parishes throughout the Diocese.

Past recipients of the award include Sisters Margaret Gannon, IHM, Ph.D., and Anne Paye, RSM, Ph.D., “the People of Luzerne County who strive for an ethical community,” the Migrant Education Program of Hazleton and Scranton, the Commission on Economic Opportunity, the late state Sen. Charles Lemmond, Michael Insalaco and Sandy Insalaco Sr., the Children’s Service Center, Rev. Thomas J. O’Hara, CSC, St. Joseph’s Center, Harold and Sallyanne Rosenn, Habitat for Humanity, Thomas Pugh, Sister Adrian Barrett, IHM, and Sister Lucille Brislin, RSM, Buddy Rothstein, Tom Bigler, Sister Siena Finley, RSM, and Allan Kluger.

The Ethics Institute at Misericordia University 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 institute 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 the process in the academic community as well as in the community at large through special workshops and forums.

Ethics Institute of NEPA at Misericordia University board members are Rev. Michael Bryant, pastor, Parish of St. John Newmann; Dr. Curran, executive director of the Ethics Institute; David Ehrensperger, electronic resources librarian, Luzerne County Community College; Sister Margaret Gannon, IHM, Marywood University; Kathleen Gelso, M.S.N., R.N., assistant professor of nursing, Misericordia University; Howard Grossman, executive director, Jewish Family Service; Sister Martha Hanlon, RSM, Ed.D., Board of Trustees, Misericordia University; Karen Holcomb, Wyoming Valley Health Care System; Rev. Dan Issing, C.S.C., King’s College; Gary Mrozinski, Ed.D. dean of business and technologies, Luzerne County Community College; Kristine Pruett, director of operations, graduate education, Wilkes University; Attorney Eileen A. Reilly, and Robert Yanoshak, M.D., Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center.

For more information about the Ethics Institute, please contact Brenda Nowalis at (570) 674-1483 or e-mail her at For more information about Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or log on to Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 37 academic programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full and part-time formats.