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October 15, 2002


LA CROSSE, Wis.— The public is invited to join national author and speaker Gordon MacDonald for a free talk on dealing with devastating setbacks and overcoming personal defeats. MacDonald will discuss "Resilience" on Thursday, Oct. 31, at 7:30 p.m. in San Damiano Chapel at Viterbo University.

An author, speaker, church consultant, and teacher, Gordon MacDonald was a pastor for more than 35 years, most recently at Grace Chapel in Lexington, Mass. He currently serves on the Board of Trinity Forum, a group of intellectuals working for "renewal and transformation of society through its leaders" and was one of former President Clinton's "spiritual advisors."

Having written more than a dozen books, and co-authored others with his wife, MacDonald is perhaps best known as the author of Ordering Your Private World. There are almost a million and a half copies in print, with translations in a dozen or more languages. It won the Gold Medallion Award. Among his other books are: Renewing Your Spiritual Passion, The Life God Blesses, and Mid-Course Correction.

This talk is free and open to the public. It is part of the Viterbo University St. Rose Lecture Series, begun last year to establish a dialogue on contemporary Catholic issues. The series is named for St. Rose of Viterbo, for whom the St. Rose Convent in La Crosse was named. She was a contemporary of St. Clare of Assisi and a follower of the values espoused by St. Francis of Assisi.

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