Sept 29, 2012 Facing Our Future with Hope: Ecology & Spirituality

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You won’t want to miss this! Make plans now to participate in exciting, informative and free-of-charge afternoon presentations – “FACING OUR FUTURE WITH HOPE: ECOLOGY & SPIRITUALITY.

It will be held on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29th at The Community of the Good Shepherd, located at 8815 East Kemper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249 – Phone 513-489-8815 for reservations. Doors open at 12:30pm, program begins at 1:00pm, ends at 4:20pm. Q & A and three refreshment breaks are included.

The current challenges which Nature faces will be addressed as well as the call to discern just how we as planetary trustees can discover solutions to prepare an environment for our children, their children and generations to come.

FEATURED SPEAKER PAULA GONZALEZ, S.C., Ph.D. has been described as “a national treasure”. It is always ENGAGING and FUN to listen to her. She has presented worldwide over 1700 talks, retreats and mini-courses.

Paula smiles as she recounts the story of how she converted a former chicken shack on the Mount St. Joseph campus during the 1990’s into a state of the art solar residence. She designed and did much of the work of “La Casa del Sol”, a 1,200 sq ft super-insulated, passive-solar house which Paula shares with another Sister of Charity.

Considerable success with applications of solar energy has earned Paula the nickname “Solar Nun”.

For over 21 years she was a biology professor at ‘The Mount’. A widely published author and a consultant, Paula informs and engages as she describes a view of a sacred spirituality of the 21st century – and she does not disappoint her audience.

THE OTHER FEATURED SPEAKER IS PAUL DESCH, O.F.M., Ph.D. who has been a friar for 60 years, a priest for 50 years. He has taught 15 years at Duns Scotus College after earning his doctorate in Belgium, served a Cajun and African-American parish in Louisiana, been an in-demand Retreat Master/Spiritual Director and has counseled University of Cincinnati students as an outreach minister at the Newman Center. Currently, Paul serves Holy Name parish in the Mt. Auburn area of Cincinnati.

In the tradition of Francis of Assisi, Paul will speak to the priceless value of Nature itself and the wonder of all our brother and sister creatures. He is known for his calm, deliberate, witty presentations.


Some details of the conference…

12:30pm – 12:55pm…. Attendees can check in, make new friends, and receive helpful handouts
1pm – 1:10pm… Welcome, introductions, reflection/simple prayer
1:10pm – 2:05pm…1st presentation (PowerPoint), “Reading the Signs of the Times” by Paula Gonzalez
2:05pm – 2:15pm…Q & A, a conversation with Paula
2:15pm – 2:30pm…1st Break, refreshments
2:30pm – 2:50pm – 2nd presentation, “Franciscan Hope and Spirituality for the 21st Century” by Paul Desch
2:50pm – 3:45pm…3rd presentation (PowerPoint), “Co-Creating a Hopeful, Sustainable Future” by Paula
3:45pm – 3:55pm…2nd Break, refreshments
3:55pm – 4:10pm…Q & A, a conversation with Paula and Paul
4:10pm – 4:20pm – Conference conclusion, reflection/simple prayer
4:20pm – 4:30pm – Break
4:30pm…Mass (completely optional for those interested)

For free registration, call 513-489-8815 (Good Shepherd), questions to 513-531-7336 (James Heileman) or email [email protected]

Thanks. See you there.

My contact info is as follows:

Phone – 513-531-7336 and email as [email protected]


James Heileman, MSW

Chair, Green Team – Care For God’s Creation

(12-7-19 URL redirect from lohre.com)

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