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WCS Colloquium Explores Catherine of Siena, Florence Nightingale
The University of St. Thomas Women, Culture and Society Program will host the Third Annual Zambosco-Thomas Colloquium, “In Dialogue with St. Catherine of Siena and Florence Nightingale,” from 7-9 p.m., Feb. 21-22, in Ahern, Crooker Center. This two-evening event celebrates this Year of the Nurse and will focus on spiritual renewal and healing, as exemplified by Catherine of Siena, Doctor of the Church and Patroness of Nurses, and Florence Nightingale, founder of the modern nursing profession.

Speakers Include:

Monday, Feb. 21:
• Rev. Donald S. Nesti, CSSp, founder and Director of the Center for Faith and Culture
“Catherine: Passionate Truth Seeker, Compassionate Healer”

• Dr. Poldi Tschirch, RN, BC, Director for Nursing Development at UST
“Florence Nightingale: Mystic, Visionary, Healer”

Tuesday, Feb. 22
• Dr. Mary Catherine Sommers, Director of the Center for Thomistic Studies
“Catherine of Siena’s Vision of the Life-Saving Bridge”

• Dr. Karen Hahn RN, APN, Executive Director for the Center for Faith and Health Initiatives.
“Spiritual Renewal for Caregivers”

This lecture is named in honor of the late Elsa Zambosco-Thomas, a Spanish professor at UST, who served as the director from 2006 to 2008. Zambosco-Thomas was a member of the UST faculty from 1968 to 2008.

The Women, Culture and Society (WCS) Program is an interdisciplinary program for an undergraduate minor or a graduate concentration at the Master of Liberal Arts level. Inspired by Pope John Paul II’s writings on women and his call further to develop such discourse in our era, this Program aims to increase awareness of women’s particular situation in culture and society; to address social justice accordingly and to provide students with appropriate service learning opportunities in the community.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Dr. Brooke Williams Deely at 713-757-2489.

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