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Georgetown Faculty to Speak on Moral Problems of Modern Medicine

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Bishop Pates Speaks at Faith & Healing Series on February 8

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Bishop Richard E. Pates, Bishop of the Diocese of Des Moines, will deliver a message on Pope Francis’ Vision: Building a World Community of Peace, Truth and Justice.

Author, Educator, Psychiatrist To Speak on The Basil Option


Please join us for our next Faith and Healing Speaker, Dr. Abraham Nussbaum, Chief Education Officer for Denver Health, Associate Professor at University of Colorado’s Department of Psychiatry.

AMNussbaumFB.jpgDr. Nussbaum's message for our discussion on November 9th will be on The Basil Option: From Healthcare Reform to the Renewal of Medicine. Dr. Nussbam is also the author of the recent book The Finest Traditions of My Calling, which was reviewed in the New York Times. 

Read the New York Times review of Dr. Nussbaum's newest book here!

Alter-Egos in Dialogue: Freud and the Health of the Christian Mind


Adam DeVille-057188-edited.jpgJoin us for Mercy College of Health Sciences award winning Faith and Healing Lecture Series. We will kick off the year, and our annual commemoration of the Charism of the Sisters of Mercy on Thursday, September 21st at 6 p.m. in the Sullivan Center. Our speaker for Mercy Week will be Dr. Adam DeVille, Associate Professor and Chair of the Philosophy and Theology department at University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne Indiana. His talk is entitled Alter-Egos in Dialogue: Freud and the Health of the Christian Mind.

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The April 6 event featuring Dr. Chad Pecknold has been cancelled due to a scheduling conflict. We apologize for the short notice.


Another event will be scheduled for a later date and details will be posted as soon as they are available.

Contact Bo Bonner with questions at bbonner@mercydesmoines.org.

The Spirit of the Sisters of Mercy Lives on in Healthcare


Sr Patricia Talone.jpgGet the new year started with the award-winning Mercy College Faith and Healing Series! Join us as we welcome a member of the Sisters of Mercy to speak on campus!

Sister Patricia Talone, RSM, PHD, was most recently the Vice President of Mission Services for the Catholic Health Association of the United States. She retired from that position in 2016, and is now setting about using her vast knowledge and extensive experience as a consultant, lecturer and writer on ethics, mission and formation.

As a Sister of Mercy for nearly 60 years, Sr. Talone embodies a lifetime of working in the Spirit of the Sisters of Mercy, specifically in the field of healthcare and ethics. Sr. Talone will be joining us February 9th to give the lecture A Vision For Healthcare Reform, meditating on the foundation of Healthcare in the Catholic tradition as lived through the Charism of the Sisters of Mercy.

Boston College Bioethicist Speaks at Faith & Healing Series

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Bioethicist in the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College, will explore “End of Life Care: A Focus on Emotions”

Andrea Vicini, a Jesuit and Doctor who works for the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College, will visit Mercy College to give his talk “End of Life Care: A Focus on Emotions.”

Responding to Human Suffering: Everyone’s Challenge

Since its award-winning beginnings three years ago, the Mercy College Faith and Healing Series has brought phenomenal speakers with engaging topics to the campus of Mercy College of Health Sciences four times a year. Join us as we continue this tradition, and ask your friends to come as we continue to watch it grow!

Join us on One Sister’s Journey into the Jungle

When Sr. Karen Schneider decided to join religious life, she thought she was giving up her dream of becoming a doctor ...Who knew that a religious sister could also be a physician?

When Sr. Karen told her mother that she was going to medical school, even her mother asked, “Oh, so you are leaving the nuns?” While in medical school, an experience in the jungle of Guyana, South America, completely changed Sr. Karen’s career path in medicine. Since that initial experience, over twenty years ago, she has taken part in at least one international, medical missions trip every year.

Duke VA Psychiatrist: "Communities should walk patiently alongside veterans"


Healing the Moral Injuries of War: Faith, Community, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

A common but misleading assumption about combat trauma is that post-combat suffering is at root a technical problem in need of a technical solution. There are advantages to this understanding of traumatic suffering, but there are also problems. To see traumatic suffering, particularly moral injury, as a technical, medical problem can easily rob it of its moral significance.