Faith & Healing Speaker Series

Mercy College of Health Sciences will host four national speakers during the 2016-17 academic year as part of the third year of the Faith & Healing Speaker Series, an award-winning educational program designed to address these important topics, promote discussion with members of the healthcare, health policy and wellness communities in Iowa, and instill a love for learning.

The Series will encompass the topics of faith, healing, and wellness from different perspectives while highlighting Catholic theology and practice. Despite strong evidence that religious faith, regardless of faith tradition, often informs clinicians’ practices and that many patients’ experiences of illness are mediated by faith, the relationship between faith and healing is understudied. Organizers hope that the dialogue produced by this series helps to fill this gap about the critical issues related to these topics.

The Series -- which was recognized in May 2015 by the Iowa Healthcare Educators, a membership group of the Iowa Hospital Association with the IHE Institutional Award -- is intended to address one of the College’s core values: knowledge; which has been defined as “instilling in our College Community a thirst to continually study, investigate, observe, and experience the world all-around for facts and ideas that can improve the health and well-being of humankind and create a love for learning.”

The first speaker will be Carol Taylor, RN, PhD, founding member and previous director of the Center for Clinical Bioethics, Senior Research Scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, and Professor in the Department of Medicine and in the School of Nursing & Health Studies at Georgetown University, Washington, DC, whose topic will be “Responding to Human Suffering: Everyone’s Challenge” at 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 29, 2016 in the Sullivan Center on the campus of Mercy College, 928 6th Avenue.

The remaining speakers in the series include Andrea Vicini, SJ, MD, Bioethicist in the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College, Boston, MA, whose topic will be “End of Life Care: A Focus on Emotions” on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 6 p.m.

On February 9, 2017,  Sr. Patricia Talone, RSM, PhD,  former Vice President of Mission Services for the Catholic Health Association of the United States, will speak at 6 p.m. on the topic of "A Vision for Healthcare Reform."

The final speaker for the program year will be Dr. Chad Pecknold, Professor of Historical & Systematic Theology in the School of Theology at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, who will speak on April 6, 2017 at 6 p.m. on the topic “When the Dead Can Heal.”

The Mercy College Faith & Healing Speaker Series lectures and group discussions are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served prior to the start of each session. Advanced registration is requested and can be completed by using the button to the right.