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SXU students attend Mercy Meets the United Nations Conference

Students toured UN, learned about Catholic social values

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(From left to right) Saint Xavier students Regina Byrnes, Mark Piper, Lindsey Herzog, Kendall Steinle, Olivia Rossi and Darryl Brown at the Mercy Meets the United Nations Conference in New York City.

Chicago (June 3, 2009) Six Saint Xavier University students recently joined representatives from seven other Mercy colleges and universities across the country for the Mercy Meets the United Nations Conference at the Millennium UN Plaza  in New York City.

Senior Mark Piper of Stoughton, Wis., sophomore Darryl Brown of Chicago, senior Olivia Rossi of Orland Park, senior Regina Byrnes of Streamwood, senior Lindsey Herzog of Eden Prairie, Minn. and senior Kendall Steinle of Akron, Ohio attended the four-day trip.

Students toured the United Nations and learned about its Eight Millennium Development goals, which include reducing poverty and fighting epidemics such as AIDS.  

Additionally, they learned about Mercy charism and Catholic values. Head of Mercy Global Concern Sister Deirdre Mullan, RSM, focused her presentation on the connection between historical Mercy values and contemporary global issues, and students met with representatives from some of the 44 countries in which Sisters of Mercy serve.

“It was intriguing to see how the Sisters of Mercy can play a vital role in bringing the ethos of mercy to all cultures, and play government watchdog to people all over the world,” Piper said.

The students also attended an Indigenous Peoples Conference at the UN and visited the Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, Ground Zero and Times Square.

The event was sponsored by the Conference for Mercy Higher Education, the entity which exercises sponsorship responsibilities for Mercy colleges and universities in the United States.

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