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Ohio Dominican to Host “Grace in the Age of Anxiety” Seminar on Oct. 24

Participants may also choose to attend the seminar virtually.

Aug 11, 2020

Ohio Dominican University’s Master of Arts in Theology Program will host a free daylong seminar on Saturday, Oct. 24, that will address topics, issues and concerns related to faith, recent instances of social unrest, and the current COVID-19 global health crisis. “Grace in the Age of Anxiety” will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Bishop James A. Griffin Student Center, located on ODU’s campus at 1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, 43219. There also will be an option for participants to attend virtually.

The seminar will feature presentations on a variety of topics by ODU faculty and guests; a special panel discussion; and an opportunity for questions and answers. The event is co-directed by Mary Filice, Ph.D., director of ODU’s Master of Arts in Theology Program, and David Belcastro, Ph.D., adjunct professor of Graduate Studies at ODU.

“This seminar is for anyone who is struggling with their faith during the coronavirus pandemic and other recent events, which have caused tremendous stress and anxiety in many individuals,” Filice said. “Participants will have an opportunity to explore and discover ways in which the Catholic tradition cultivates a life of faith that transforms despair into hope, and fear into love.”

To register for this seminar, visit ohiodominican.edu/FaithSeminar.

Box lunches will be provided to guests free of charge courtesy of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, ODU’s founding congregation.

Steps will be taken to help ensure the safety and health of all attendees related to the COVID-19 pandemic. All participants will be required to wear face coverings and practice social distancing. This event is subject to future directives issued by state and public health officials.

“Grace in the Age of Anxiety” will feature the following presentations:

“Faith, Reason and the Gift of Doubt”
Robert Gervasi, Ph.D.
President, Ohio Dominican University

“The Theology of Anxiety, Fear and Depression”
Mary Filice, Ph.D.
Master of Arts in Theology Program Director, Ohio Dominican University

“Lamentation in the Age of Anxiety”
Leo Madden, S.T.D., S.T.B., S.S.L
Associate Professor of Theology and Department Head, Ohio Dominican University'

“Grace Period: Resting Place and Wrestling Mat”
Andrea Pannell, OPA
Episcopal Moderator of Development and Planning, Diocese of Columbus

“Anxiety Transformed by Grace”
Sister Janice Bachman, OP
Dominican Sister of Peace, Spiritual Director, and Jungian Analyst