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November 13, 2000


LA CROSSE, Wis—Best-selling Catholic author and spiritual leader Sister Joyce Rupp will visit Viterbo University Dec. 5  for a presentation to inaugurate the annual Paul Ripple Comin Lecture Series.

Rupp’s presentation, "When Our Hearts Hold Hope,"  will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. in the San Damiano Church. Students and the general public alike are welcome to attend the free event which does not require a reservation.

A member of the Servite religious community, Rupp is also widely recognized for her work as a spiritual and retreat director. She has written eleven books including, Your Sorrow is My Sorrow,  which topped the best Catholic seller list in 1999. She has led retreats throughout North America as well as in Australia, Europe, Asia and Africa. Imagery, poetry, song, and story are all part of her presentation style.

"We will be discussing the general theme of Advent and talking about the work of hope and what we have to do on our part," Rupp said.  "I will talk about specific examples of how hope has affected the lives of ordinary people. With all that is happening in the world, I have discovered that young people as well as older adults have a lot of questions about how they fit in and that’s where hope can be a powerful and encouraging message."

Rupp will also pay tribute to the late Paula Ripple Comin  who she describes as a woman of hope. Ripple Comin was a Viterbo graduate, former dean of students at the university and past president of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. She succumbed to cancer in 1998.

"I am delighted and happy to come to Viterbo for this special event in honor of Paula," Rupp said. "She was a wonderful woman of vision and hope."

Joyce Rupp and Paula Ripple Comin’s books will be available at the event and Rupp will be present for a book signing following the presentation.
In addition to an annual lecture in the area of spirituality, a scholarship will also be conferred yearly to one or more Viterbo students who plan missionary work in spirituality.

Paula’s husband Don Comin and other family and friends  provided seed monies to initiate the scholarship and lecture series.

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