Benedictine Institute Announces Fall Schedule

September 9, 2016

Year of Mercy Events Feature Guest Speaker, Film Series and Courses for Adult Learners

Mount Marty College’s (MMC) Benedictine Institute of Leadership, Ethics and Social Justice recently announced its fall schedule of events, all celebrating the theme of mercy. Activities include an evening lecture, a film series and classes for adult learners.

The Fall Benedictine Lecture, scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 20, features a talk by Monsignor Charles M. Mangan titled “Mercy in this Holy Year.” Mangan will explore what Pope Francis, who recently met with more than 1 million young people at World Youth Day in Poland, had in mind when he called for this Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. How do we experience God’s mercy and share it with others? Mangan is the current director of the Office of the Marian Apostolate in the Diocese of Sioux Falls, the vicar for consecrated life and the canonical advisor to the Most Reverend Paul J. Swain, D.D., the Bishop of Sioux Falls. He was also commissioned by Pope Francis as a “Missionary of Mercy” during the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy (Dec. 8, 2015, to Nov. 20, 2016).

The “Movies and Mercy” Series with Sr. Cynthia Binder, retired professor of English, is sponsored by the Center for Active Learners and will begin Sunday, Sept. 25. Each evening will begin at 6 p.m. in Marian Auditorium with a pre-film introduction, then the showing of the film, with discussion to follow. The series, which is free and open to the public, includes: The Kinshasa Symphony on Sunday, Sept. 25; Color of Paradise on Sunday, Oct. 2; Long Have I Loved You on Sunday, Oct. 30; and Shun Li and the Poet on Sunday, Nov. 13. 

Three new courses will be offered as part of the Center for Active Learners’ October session. Each course meets four times for 90 minutes for a cost of $50. October courses include “Radicalization, Terrorism and Mercy in the 21st Century” with Dr. Alan Ferris, professor of psychology, on Thursdays from 4:30-6 p.m., SLC 106; “Tending to the Spiritual Needs of Ourselves and Others” with Sr. Corrine Lemmer, professor of nursing, on Tuesdays from 2-3:30 p.m., Bede Hall 205; and “After We Believe, Why Christian Character Counts” with Dr. Helen Ciernick, associate professor of theology on Thursdays from 7-8:30 p.m., SLC 106.

To register for October courses, or for more information on these events, please contact Andy Henrickson, director of the Benedictine Institute, at 605-668-1495,