Mercy Mondays: Sigma Phi Sigma inducts newest members
On Sunday, Oct. 2, Salve Regina’s National Mercy Honors Society, Sigma Phi Sigma, celebrated the annual induction ceremony to formally welcome the society’s newest members.
The ceremony began with a welcome from Dr. Kelli J. Armstrong, president of Salve Regina, an invocation from Sister Therese Antone, RSM and chancellor at Salve Regina, and a challenge to the new members from Sarah Belling’23, student president.
Belling was joined by Shawn Quinn ’23, vice president, and Jillian Gaffga ’23, treasurer, to share a few words about the three qualities required for membership in Sigma Phi Sigma, which include scholarship, service and fidelity.
All new inductees shared the following pledge:
“As a member of the Salve Regina University Chapter of the National Mercy Honor Society, Sigma Phi Sigma, I pledge my commitment to the ideals of the organization: scholarship, service, and fidelity. I pledge myself to the work of scholarship, to use my intellect to seek goodness, beauty, and truth, ever mindful that my pursuit of wisdom is linked with the call of justice.
I pledge myself to courageous and patient service. I pledge to witness mercy by reverencing the dignity of each person and responding to the critical concerns of my neighbor and the world. I pledge fidelity to this University and its mission, to the building of a more harmonious, just, and merciful world through the work of my life.”
Co-moderators Dr. Theresa Ladrigan-Whelpley, vice president of mission integration, and Mary Beth Pelletier ’06, M ’12, program manager of mission integration, welcomed the new members and shared words of inspiration from Catherine McAuley and encouraged all to be a leader of light on campus.
After the new members and Sigma Phi Sigma’s executive board shared a prayer, Leah Palazzo ’15, subject tutoring coordinator in the Academic Center for Excellence, offered the keynote address.
Special thanks to Matthew Kelly, campus minister for music, liturgy and multifaith ministry at the Mercy Center for Spiritual Life, for providing music for the ceremony.
Please join the University in congratulating the newest members of Sigma Phi Sigma. The Sigma Phi Sigma Inductees for 2022 are:
Class of 2025
Class of 2024
Class of 2023
Executive board Members of Sigma Phi Sigma for the 2022-2023 academic year are:
Sarah Belling’23, president
Shawn Quinn’23, vice president
Jillian Gaffga ’23, treasurer
Sarah Holcomb ’24, public relations
This post is part of an ongoing series called Mercy Mondays that highlights Salve Regina’s dedication to its Mercy Mission. Search the tag Mercy Mission for more updates on the Mercy branches of Salve Regina.