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September 11, 2002


LA CROSSE, Wis.— One of former President Clinton’s "spiritual advisors"; an author, psychotherapist, priest, and international speaker; and a local cardiologist who climbed Mt. Everest are among the guest speakers during Viterbo University’s St. Rose Lecture Series, which kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 24.

All lectures in this series are free and open to the public. The schedule for this year’s talks is:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 24: "Tender Fires: The Spiritual Promise of Sexuality," Fr. John Heagle, 7:30 p.m., Fine Arts Center Main Theatre. This presentation is sponsored by the Paula Ripple Comin Memorial Endowed Lectureship. Fr.  Heagle is the author, along with Sr. Fran Ferder, Ph.D., of Tender Fires: The Spiritual Promise of Sexuality. He is a licensed psychotherapist, an international speaker, author of seven books, and an ordained Catholic priest (ordained in the Diocese of La Crosse in 1965).
  • Friday, Oct. 4-St. Francis Day: "The Journey and the Dream," with Julio Bird, MD, and the Viterbo community (Bird, a cardiologist with Gundersen Lutheran, scaled Mt. Everest this past spring), 9:15 a.m., Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.
  • Thursday, Oct. 31: "An Evening with Dr. Gordon MacDonald," 7:30 p.m., San Damiano Chapel. MacDonald is an author and church consultant. He serves on the Board of Trinity Forum, a group of intellectuals working for "renewal and transformation of society through its leaders" and is one of former President Clinton's "spiritual advisors."
  • Thursday, Nov. 21: "Poems, Prayers, & Proverbs: An evening with our Franciscan Sisters," 7:30 p.m., San Damiano Chapel.
  • Thursday, Jan. 16: "Black Hawk Down: The Rest of the Story," Carl Bargabos, retired Colonel, U.S. Army, and assistant professor of nursing, Viterbo University, 7:30 p.m., San Damiano Chapel.
  • Thursday, Feb. 27: "Songs and Stories of All God's People," Earl Madary and Tom Thibodeau, religious studies professors, Viterbo University, 7:30 p.m., San Damiano Chapel.
  • Saturday, April 26: "Called & Gifted: The Future of Lay Ministry is Here," with graduates of Viterbo’s pastoral education program, 9 a.m., San Damiano Chapel.

Inspired by St. Rose of Viterbo, whose feast day was Sept. 4, this lecture series was begun last year to establish a dialogue on contemporary Catholic issues. St. Rose, for whom the St. Rose Convent in La Crosse was named, was a contemporary of St. Clare of Assisi and a follower of the values espoused by St. Francis of Assisi.

For more information, contact Tom Thibodeau, religious studies, at ext. 3705 or email

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