Sr. John Says: Use Facebook to do good


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Sister John Michele Southwick, I.H.M., Special Contributor to The Wood Word

“Facebook–is like a jail. You sit around, waste time, have a profile picture, write on walls and get poked by guys you don’t really know.” This is an anonymous quote posted on, a website dedicated to reporting on technology.

Sometimes maybe this is true, but Facebook has many advantages. It helps people find friends that they may have lost touch with over the years. It is easy to use and somewhat secure.

It is possible to also do some very good work on Facebook – work for others. Marywood now has a Facebook group called Marywood Social Justice Network. There are many people in need in our world but with many people having responsibilities, families, and homework, we don’t have time to go out and save the world!

The Marywood Social Justice Network can enable the community to put our “two cents worth in” by letting our legislators know what we think about certain issues. It just takes a minute of our time to send an email about food for the poor, or housing for the homeless, about care for our veterans when they come home from war, or justice for abused or bullied children.

Become a member and get involved. Marywood University is all about respect for each person, no matter where they live or what their position in life. Also, empowerment, to help those least able to help themselves, and service, to serve the global community in whatever way we can to make the world a better place. We do all of this just because it is the right thing to do.