Tar sands topic of presentation at Saint Joseph’s College, Oct. 2

Mary Pendergast, RSM, the director of ecology for the Sisters of Mercy Northeast Community, comes to Saint Joseph’s College on October 2 for a 4 p.m. presentation titled, “What’s the Deal with the Tar Sands?”

Sister Mary, an educator for nearly four decades, will lead a discussion to examine the impact that extracting tar sands from Canada’s boreal forest has both on the local wildlife and on human health, and how this could effect future generations. A Q & A forum, facilitating an open and critical discussion of the topic, will follow the presentation.

In addition to being a children’s educator for 38 years, Sister Mary Pendergast has focused on environmental issues since the 1980s. Her activities include serving as the vice chair of Mercy Ecology, Inc., participating in Oxfam’s Sisters on the Planet, being a coordinator for the conferences Planet in Crisis: Mercy Response and To Act in Harmony with All Creation.

The October 2 presentation is free and open to the public. It begins at 4 p.m. in the Alumni Lounge, Harold Alfond Center, on Saint Joseph’s campus in Standish. Light refreshments will be available. For more information, contact Frank Daggett, Saint Joseph’s Mercy Center director, at 207-893-7792.

September 27, 2013
Contact: David Svenson at 207-893-7723 · dsvenson@sjcme.edu