Sister Siena Finley, RSM Ethics Award to be presented to Rod Gereda

The Ethics Institute of Northeastern Pennsylvania at Misericordia University will recognize Rodrigo “Rod’’ Gereda, chief facilitator of the Interfaith Resource Center for Peace and Justice with the 2013 Sister Siena Finley, RSM Ethics Award at the 22nd annual Ethics Institute Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 24 at Misericordia University.

“Mr. Gereda has promoted peace and mutual understanding as a teacher and mediator,’’ said Joseph Curran, Ph.D., executive director of the Ethics Institute at Misericordia University. “He has worked for peace and understanding in our community, transforming lives through his teaching and example.’’
Gereda holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Houston and is in his third year as a candidate for a Master in Divinity. He is the chief mediation trainer for The Father James Doyle, CSC, Community Mediation Institute. A bi-lingual peer mediator, Gereda is committed to conflict resolution, service to building community through divorce mediation, and shared parenting and servant leadership skills.
He remains active by working to build communities of peace, working toward the common good and opening community dialogue to promote peace and social integration. The majority of his work is dedicated to the Peace Camp for Kids that is operated by the Peace and Justice Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Gereda is a life-long member of the Girl Scouts.
He and his wife, Kathy, are the parents of three daughters, Arisa Lucia, 19; Katarina Maria, 16, and Maria Lucia, 13.
Tickets for the dinner are $40 per person and can be purchased by calling (570) 674-6201.Cocktails begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner following at 6:15 p.m. The money raised from the dinner and program help to support programming by the Ethics Institute.
Past recipients of the award include 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; 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, associate professor of religious studies, Misericordia University; 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, HJG Associates; 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; Alejandra Marroquin, Hispanic Outreach coordinator, Catholic Social Services;Thomas M. Maheady, P.E., vice president, Borton-Lawson; Gary Mrozinski, Ed.D. dean of business and technologies, Luzerne County Community College; Kristine Pruett, director of operations, graduate education, Wilkes University, and Attorney Eileen A. Reilly.

For more information about the Ethics Institute, please contact Brenda Nowalis at (570) 674-1483 or e-mail her at