Faith Community Nursing


The Joy of Caring Conference: Nurturing Compassionate Hearts


Friday, August 12, 2011
R.C. and Celeste Wahlert Atrium, Clarke University
9 a.m.-3:45 p.m.

The Clarke University Nursing and Religious Studies Departments have been collaborating with the Archdiocese of Dubuque and Mercy Medical Center to foster the initiatives of faith community nursing. Support for faith community nursing has been offered for many years in the Dubuque region through the efforts of the Parish Health Ministry office at Mercy Medical Center. The Archdiocese of Dubuque supports faith community nursing practice and ministry through the Office of Family Life.
Join us at this year's 4th annual conference!

Conference Presentations and Speakers


Joyce Rupp
Open Heart, Open Mind: Cultivating a Compassion for Self and Others

Sr. Joyce Rupp, SM
In your relationship to your pain and sorrow,
you cultivate the patience, forgiveness, and understanding
that inform your relationship with all pain and sorrow.
It would be naïve to believe that profound compassion could be found to meet the great sorrow in life if you do not hold yourself in the same light.
(Christina Feldman)

Compassion asks great things of us. In the course of caring for others in their struggles and sorrows, true compassion requires that we also tend to our own self. Along with presenting numerous facets of compassion, Joyce Rupp will explore the challenge and benefit of being compassionate to one’s self.

Joyce Rupp describes herself as a ‘spiritual midwife,” one who assists others in birthing their true self. She is a member of the Servants of Mary order, an author of twenty-one books and addresses conferences and retreats both nationally and internationally. She is also a spiritual director, the co-director of The Institute of Compassionate Presence, and has volunteered for Hospice for fourteen years. She lives in Des Moines, IA.

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The intended audience for the conference includes nurses, pastors and pastoral associates, seminary students, social workers, chaplains, and funeral home employees. Persons of all faiths are welcome to participate!

Previous Faith Community Conferences

2010 Fostering Resilience and Hope
2009 Living the Vision
2008 A New Heart and a New Spirit

5th Annual Conference
August 17, 2012


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