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Congratulations Jubilarians of 2013

Published on August 22, 2013 | By Lindsay Cox

Recently a special edition of FaithLife News Bulletin was released in celebration of jubilee anniversaries throughout the Diocese of Erie. Here at Mercyhurst University, we are so blessed to have many wonderful men and women who have dedicated so much to our institution. We truly congratulate them on their jubilee anniversaries and thank them for their many years of service.



These faithful servants  are:

Sr. Marcia McDonald, RSM, 75 years

Sr. Michele Leehan, RSM, 60 years

Sr. Mary Judith Uzzo, RSM, 70 years

Sr. Phyllis Weaver, OSB, 70 years

Sr. Catherine Anne Mesanko, RSM, 60 years

Sr. Rita Panciera, RSM, 60 years

Sr. Pat Lupo, OSB, 50 years

Deacon Philip Skerda, 10 years

Rev. Msgr. David Rubino, 40 years

The lives and work done by these people are tremendous and inspiring – how lucky we are to have them as a part of our community! Below are short biographies of each.

Sr. Marcia enjoys being a Sister of Mercy due to Mother McAuley’s philosophy that her community should not be cloistered by out working in education and with the poor. She previously served as Director of Admissions/Assistant to the Dean and Registrar of Mercyhurst University and she is also an alumna of Mercyhurst!

Sr. Michele works to carry on the original mission of the Sisters of Mercy who came from Ireland to the United States to teach immigrant and their families to care for the sick and dying. She is an alumna of Mercyhurst, previously served as the Assistant Director of Financial Aid and now works in prayer ministry.

Sr. Mary Judith originally became a Sister of Mercy due to the love and support she received from family and friends. She is an alumna of Mercyhurst University, previously worked as the supervisor of the cadet student teachers for the teaching Cadet Program at Mercyhurst and today she works in prayer ministry.

Sr. Phyllis is proud to be the person who has lived the vowed life longer than any other present member of the Erie-based Benedictine community. She is thankful to her community for sharing in prayer, meals, and conversation and currently is engaged in the ministry of prayer and presence.

Sr. Catherine Anne was led to the Sisters of Mercy because she cooked for them while she was in high school and because they exude prayerfulness, goodness, and joy. She previously worked as an elementary school teacher for most of her life, followed by her role as the sacristan of Christ the King Chapel at Mercyhurst University. She now lives at the Sisters of Mercy Center in Erie.

Sr. Rita currently serves as and has served as the Director of the House of Prayer in Erie since 1975! She is an alumna of Mercyhurst University and was the Campus Ministry founder at Mercyhurst University. Her inspiration comes from Catherine McAuley as “prayer is a plant, the seed of which is sown in the heart of every Christian.”

Sr. Pat is an alumna of Mercyhurst University and is currently a teacher at the Inner-city Neighborhood Art House. She is passionate about the environment and for the work she has done in Central America and previously led environmental programs at Glinodo Center and EarthForce, now Earth Action.

Deacon Philip is a graduate of Mercyhurst University and loves the ministry and serving God and others. He believes his diaconate ministry is a privilege to have the chance to grow each day. He believes that helping to strengthen others’ faith in return strengthens his own.

Msgr. Rubino is one of our very own, he currently serves as the Vice President for External Affairs at Mercyhurst University and as the Chaplain of Mercyhurst North East. As a long time educator and administrator of Catholic schools, he believes that Catholic education is vitally important in teaching and developing the faith of students. We are grateful for his leadership and service to the community.


Congratulations and many thanks to these wonderful people!

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