Spring Commencement Speaker is Father Joel McNeil
(Des Moines) - Father Joel McNeil, Pastor, St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Student Center and Diocesan Director of Campus Ministry will be the spring commencement speaker for Mercy College of Health Sciences, 928 6th Avenue, on Friday, April 29, 2011.
Fr. Joel McNeil was ordained a priest in 1987 and has served parishes in a variety of contexts (inner-city, Hispanic, rural, and suburban). Before coming to Des Moines he was the pastor of a large bilingual parish near Austin, TX. While there he was instrumental in relocating the parish from its original 5 acre site to 30 acres near I-35.
Fr. McNeil has been a presence on campus at Mercy College this year, taking part in prayer services, as a guest in classes, offering Bible study, and being available to students in our new office of campus ministry.
The 2:30 p.m. commencement event is open to the public. A reception, hosted by President Barbara Decker, for graduates and their families will be held immediately following the ceremony in the Sullivan Center Lobby for light refreshments.
Mercy College is the only Catholic college in Central Iowa and is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). For additional information, visit the Mercy College website at www.mchs.edu.