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Presentation on Catholic Healthcare: Where Science Meets Religion  

Patricia MennorThe Department of Catholic Studies presents "Catholic Healthcare: Where Science Meets Religion," a lecture by Sister Patricia Mennor, SC, Vice President of Mission for St. Joseph's Health. This event will take place on Wednesday, November 3, 2021, in Fahy Hall, Room 131 at 2 p.m. It will also be available via Teams.
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About the event:
The practical endeavor of providing healthcare to a diverse population is a continual opportunity to put faith into practice. Using examples from everyday practice, this lecture will illustrate how an urban safety net hospital integrates Catholic principles and how these teachings influence the way in which care is provided.

Sr. Patricia Mennor will explain the roots of Catholic healthcare as stretching deep into and permeating the Gospel. She will discuss the values that St. Joseph's Health shares with all other Catholic health institutions, as well as how St. Joseph's acts to support the Catholic Health Association's seven commitments to patients and staff. Finally, Sr. Patricia will explore the challenges to sustaining the mission and Catholic identity of a healthcare institution.

"We are thrilled to host Sr. Patricia for this important presentation," said Ines Murzaku, PhD, Director of Catholic Studies. "Our Catholic Studies students, many of whom are double majors in health science and human services fields, instinctively know that the science of healthcare is inextricably linked to living out our faith. It will be enlightening to learn from Sr. Patricia how efforts in the area of Catholic Mission can be both organized at the highest levels and enriched at the most personal level."

About the speaker:
Sr. Patricia Mennor has been a member of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth for 33 years. She graduated with an AA in Medical Technology from Middlesex County College, a BS in Biology from Kean College, and an MS in Social Work from Rutgers. She began her career in healthcare first as a medical technician in a small community hospital and then as a medical social worker at St. Joseph's University Medical Center, Paterson.

She has had the experience of serving internally for the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth at Convent Station through her service as a Case Manager in the Office of Lifestyle and Transition and as Assistant Director in the Office of Sponsorship and Mission Services. In this position, she assisted many sisters in their transition from hospital to home or to subacute and/or long-term care.

Presently, Sr. Patricia is serving as the Vice President of Mission at St. Joseph's Health, where she is responsible for educating and promoting St. Joseph's Mission, Vision, and Values throughout the organization. She is also responsible for the provision of spiritual care in the organization's three Pastoral Care Departments, as well as managing the area of ethics.
The recent pandemic brought many challenges. Many lives were lost. Many families were tragically affected. In spite of it all, St. Joseph's Health continues to fulfill its mission of providing life-sustaining medical care to those most in need. Sr. Patricia is honored and humbled to be part of this noble mission.

About Catholic Studies:
Catholic Studies at Seton Hall University offers an innovative, interdisciplinary curriculum for students of any creed who are interested in deepening their knowledge of Catholicism's rich intellectual tradition and living heritage. Combining the study of history, philosophy, theology, literature, art, sociology, and other disciplines, Catholic Studies focuses on the Church's dialogue with culture and encounter with the world. Students interested in Catholic Studies have the option to pursue a major, minor, or certificate that complements and enhances the university's other degree programs and fields of study. Over 20 years the academic program and its variegated activities have stayed true to and fulfilled the Catholic mission and vision of the University. For more information, please contact Ines Murzaku, PhD, Director of the Catholic Studies at or Gloria Aroneo at

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For more information, please contact:

  • Gloria Aroneo
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