Marywood University’s Department of Nursing Holds Third Annual Blessing of the Hands Ceremony


SCRANTON, PA (March 6, 2017)—Marywood University nursing students continued a recent tradition at the University, participating in the third annual Blessing of the Hands ceremony as they prepare for clinical practice. This annual ceremony, held in the Marian Chapel, Swartz Center for Spiritual Life, on the University’s campus, honors sophomore nursing students who will begin to apply their classroom studies to direct applications in the field. Junior and senior nursing students also participated in the ceremony.

Sr. Mary Persico, IHM, Ed.D., president of Marywood University; Judith A. Williams, Ph.D., MSN, MS, RN-BC, chair of the nursing department; Patricia Falkows, MSN, RNC, clinical instructor of nursing; Kathleen Healy-Karabell, DNP, RN-CNS, CSN, coordinator of LPN/BSN and assistant professor of nursing; and Amy Wescott, MSN, CRNP, clinical instructor, were among the faculty and administrators who welcomed and addressed nursing students, families, and friends.

For the ceremony, Sr. Mary, along with Sr. Catherine Luxner, IHM, blessed the hands of nursing faculty members, who in turn blessed the hands of nursing students and other caregivers among the guests.

Pictured are Marywood University Nursing Students:

First row (sitting – left to right)

Brianna Sanders, junior, East Stroudsburg, Pa.; Elizabeth Galioto, senior, Tobyhanna, Pa.; Katelyn Meinweiser, senior, Canadensis., Pa.; Gina Daniels, senior, Tunkhannock, Pa.; Katye Trexler, senior, Harrisburg, Pa.; Megan Pliska, junior, Olyphant, Pa.

Second row (left to right)

 Natalie Shifler, senior, Carbondale, Pa.; Katlyn A. Wiestling, senior, Jessup, Pa.; Alexandra Taylor Coacci, sophomore, Massapequa, N.Y.; Kimberly Joan Geary, sophomore, Sony Point, N.Y.; Livia Angelyn, sophomore, Scranton, Pa.; Amanda Bridgwood, sophomore, Levittown, N.Y.; Chloe Anne Borrelli, senior, McDonough, Ga.; Kathleen Bridget Ehnot, senior, Dunmore, Pa.; Alexandra Valenta, senior, Scott Township, Pa.; Miranda Marie Sromovski, junior, Plymouth, Pa.; Amanda Danielle Ward, senior, Lake Ariel, Pa.; Joanne Ardiot, senior, Scranton, Pa.; Victoria Meyers, senior, Lake Ariel, Pa.; and Alexis Kirsch, senior, Scranton, Pa.

Third row (left to right)

Michael Nigro, senior, Smithtown, N.Y.; Najia Azizi, senior, Scranton, Pa.; Tabetha Noel, junior, Pottstown, Pa.; Alyson Lee Moyer, sophomore, Coopersburg, Pa.; Alyssa Marie Puzio, junior, Highland Lakes, N.J.; Kerri Anne Mountz, sophomore, Havertown, Pa.; Obiageri Joy Chikezie, senior, York, Pa.; Alexa Natalie Suchnick, junior, Clifford Twp., Pa.; Angela Altier, junior, Scranton, Pa.; Kayla M. Kulesa, senior, Scranton, Pa.; Adrianna Jones, junior, Ballston Spa, N.Y.; Amanda Ann Bialy, junior, Falls, Pa.; Jeanette Ortiz, junior, Tobyhanna, Pa.; Paula Moctezuma, sophomore, Moosic, Pa.; Kara Cassandra Yurkanin, senior, Jessup, Pa.; Kerry Cantreva, senior, Scott Twp., Pa.

Fourth row (left to right)

Michael J. Nigro, senior, Smithtown, N.Y.; Adrian McClendon, senior, Clarks Summit, Pa.; Katelyn Jo Snyder, sophomore, Milford, Pa.; Jennifer Fisher, sophomore, Macungie, Pa.; Kaitlin Ann Siano, sophomore, Bayside, N.Y.; Christopher Kovaleski, senior, Avoca, Pa.; Marissa Rosalie Grecco, sophomore, Clifford Twp., Pa.; Marjorie Pluviose, senior, Franklin, N.J.; Briana Franza, senior, Scranton, Pa.; Patti Lynn Pietryak, junior, Lake Ariel, Pa.; Molly Ann Mikulak, sophomore, Mayfield, Pa.; Ivana Jeanne Leclerc, sophomore, Londonderry, N.H.; Ariana Velez, senior, West Hazleton, Pa.; Dasha Tyson, senior, Hawley, Pa.

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