Praying Peace in Times of Anxiety: Teachings from the Saints Before Us


Presented by Dr. Kathy Coffey-Guenther, Arts '85, Grad '88, '98, Senior Mission & Ignatian Leadership Specialist, University Advancement, Marquette University

These past months have brought communal chaos and anxiety as all of our lives have been upturned across the globe by the pandemic.  Join us as we look at what some of the Saints and Doctors of the Church may teach us about keeping our peace of mind and heart during times of anxiety and chaos. How did these wise companions manage through plagues and wars and cultural chaos in their lives?  Come and explore some of  the spiritual foundations and prayer practices that may speak to our hearts by helping us to increase our sense of calm, presence and peace while reducing the discomfort and distraction of anxiety and confusion to our souls these days.

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Dr. Kathy Coffey-Guenther currently serves as the Senior Mission & Ignatian Leadership Specialist in University Advancement at Marquette University. Additionally, Kathy serves/has served as adjunct faculty for undergraduates and clinical adjunct faculty for graduate students at Marquette University. Kathy received a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Marquette University and a certificate in spiritual direction from the Aquinas Institute of Theology.  For many years, Kathy has worked with a particular emphasis in Ignatian spirituality as a means for healthy spiritual and emotional living. Kathy has also served as a spiritual director, speaker and consultant to religious congregations, clergy and religious, and parishes focusing on the work of community building, conflict resolution and spiritual growth. Kathy serves as current consultant for diaconate formation in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and served as the past Co-Chair of the Community Advisory Board for Clergy Abuse in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.



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