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Students, Faculty and Staff Watch Pope Francis’ Historic Address to Congress

Students, Faculty and Staff Watch Pope Francis’ Historic Address to Congress
Lauren Conniff, a junior, poses with a cardboard cutout of the pope advertising “Pope Watch,” the live-stream of his address to Congress.

The University’s Education for Justice Program, the Office of Campus Ministries and the Office of Sustainability hosted a live video stream broadcast of Pope Francis’ address to a joint session of Congress for students, faculty and staff.

Nearly 200 University of Scranton students, faculty and staff filled the PNC Auditorium of the Loyola Science Center to watch Pope Francis address lawmakers via a live video stream Sept. 24.

Pope Francis’ speech touched on pressing issues for the country, including immigration and climate change, and stressed dialogue and cooperation to address these and other issues. 


Leading up to the pope’s visit, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) asked the Jesuit-educated community to share what it meant to them to be #JesuitEducated. Read some of what our grads had to say below:

“As a student and as a professional, Jesuit education has provided me with the profound privilege and responsibility to be part of a community of dedicated individuals who believe such a holistic education can change the world,” wrote Ann Marie Jursca Keffer '97. Read more of her essay here.

"Perhaps, that is why when I attended Scranton for both my bachelor’s and master’s degrees, it felt like home. Beyond that “home” feeling, I could not put a name to this powerful emotion I would get on crisp fall afternoons walking down the commons; on cold winter nights when the lighting was just perfect for studying in the library; on spring mornings when the flowers were just beginning to bud in the rose garden; or especially on the summer nights when I was at home and longed to get back to campus and be among like-minded classmates in the fall," wrote Melissa Sanko '10, '12. Read more of her essay here.

"Jesuit education, while prompting me to acknowledge my limitations, pushes me to continuously struggle to discern the truth. And one day, perhaps, I will have acquired enough wisdom to help others," wrote Lindsey Pelucacci ‘15. Read more of her essay here.

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