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From The Scranton Times-Tribune:

Like many graduation commencement speakers, Sister Mary Scullion urged the University of Scranton class of 2016 to go out and change their part of the world.

But the Philadelphia nun, named one of the world’s most influential people by TIME Magazine in 2009, speaks with great experience on that topic.

In our last blog post, we featured an excerpt from our Executive Director Sister Mary Scullion’s Keynote Address at the May 6 50th anniversary celebration of the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation.  Here is a second excerpt from that talk. (Part one may be found here.)


Living the Story of Liberation in Our World Today

On February 23, our Executive Director Sister Mary Scullion of Philadelphia travelled to Tufts University in Boston to give the keynote address for the annual Merrin Moral Voices Lecture Series, sponsored by Tufts Hillel.  Accompanying her on the trip were two members of the Project HOME community, Tanya Clanton and David Brown.

Here are excerpts of Sister Mary’s remarks.

Roots and Branches: Reflections from Sister Mary

There were months of build-up, then two intense days, and now the papal visit of 2015 to Philadelphia is history. But most Philadelphians, I believe, are still feeling a deep sense of inspiration and uplift from the experience of this truly amazing visitor, Pope Francis.

We witnessed his personal acts of mercy—his time with persons in a homeless shelter in Washington, DC; his gathering with prisoners here in Philadelphia; his outreach to and advocacy for immigrants; his embrace of persons with disabilities, his warm welcome of children.


On Tuesday, September 8, 2015, Sister Mary Scullion engaged in her first Twitter chat to discuss the Philadelphia visit of Pope Francis and the Mercy and Justice initiative enacted in his honor.


From Billy Penn

With a little less than a month left before the visit of Pope Francis, it seems that our civic anticipation is devolving into anxiety over the potential nightmare of security and traffic logistics. Or into burgeoning commercialism and cheap profiteering from sometimes tawdry papal memorabilia.


A Letter to the Editor from Sister Mary, via

Samuel Vasquez has been spending a lot of time on Ben Franklin Parkway in recent weeks.

[NEWS] Sister Mary Scullion: Pope Francis’ visit should focus Philly on the ‘stain on the city’

From Billy Penn

It is now less than two months before Pope Francis arrives in Philadelphia.


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