Healing: The Role of Religion in a Pandemic
Join St. Bernard's virtually on the first Thursday of each month for conversations in Faith and what being Catholic looks like in today's world.
"Divorced from religion, the healing process is imperfect." This is Sister Dr. Grace Miriam Usala's conclusion as she reflects on her experience over the last year of caring for patients in and out of the hospital and observing civil unrest. During this presentation, Sr. Grace Miriam will share her experience as both an internal medicine physician and a religious sister during the COVID-19 pandemic. After defining religion and healing as understood in the Catholic tradition, she will give examples of when neglect of patient religiosity has negatively impacted healing, and when respect for patient religiosity has advanced healing. Finally, she will highlight neglect of justice - either "what is due" to God (religion), or "what is due" to persons (civil justice) - as a defect common to both the healing of persons and of societies during our time.
We're grateful to be co-sponsoring this event with the Finger Lakes Guild and invite you to join us!
When: Thursday, April 8th, 7:30 - 9 pm EST
Where: Online via Zoom
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We look forward to seeing you there!
Sr. Grace Miriam Usala, a Religious Sister of Mercy of Alma, Michigan, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Bryn Mawr College and an MD/MS from Georgetown University, where she also completed her internal medicine residency last year. During her medical training, she pursued clinical research and published in "The Journal of the Endocrine Society" and "The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism." She holds certification in bioethics from the National Catholic Bioethics Center. She is currently assigned to Saint Francis Xavier Home of Mercy in Tulsa, Oklahoma and works as a board-certified internal medicine physician in Muskogee, Oklahoma.
While this event is free, any donations will be gratefully received: