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November 9, 2001


LA CROSSE, Wis—In a busy and troubled world, it can be hard to nurture personal spirituality and sustain a sense of hope. But Robert J. Wicks believes its possible and that the answer lies within the human heart.

Join Wicks as he discusses "The Simple Care of a Hopeful Heart" at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 26, in the San Damiano Chapel at Viterbo University. He'll suggest simple ways we can become our true selves and develop time for spirituality in the midst of these busy days.

Wicks is a professor in the graduate programs in pastoral counseling at Loyola College in Maryland. An international speaker, Wicks is an expert in the prevention of secondary stress disorders and the integration of psychology and spirituality. His work includes time spent in Cambodia helping the Khmer people rebuild their nation following years of terror and torture. He was also responsible for the psychological debriefing of relief workers evacuated from Rwanda during their civil war.

Wicks, who received his doctorate in psychology from Hahnemann Medical College, is also a graduate of Fairfield and St. John's universities. He is the author of more than 40 books including, the Comprehensive Clinical Handbook of Pastorial Counseling, Touching the Holy, Everyday Simplicity, and his latest book from Paulist Press, Snow Falling on Snow. In 1996, he received the Papal Medal Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice from Pope John Paul II for his service to the Church.

This presentation is sponsored by the Paula Ripple Comin Memorial Endowed Lectureship. A Viterbo graduate, former dean of students, and past president of the FSPA, Paula Ripple Comin died of cancer in 1998.

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