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Iona Spirituality Institute
Soulful Healing and Spiritual Transformation:  How Trauma Impacts Spirituality
“The Great Work, now as we move into a new millennium, is to carry out the transition from a period of human devastation of the Earth to a period when humans would be present to the planet in a mutually beneficial manner.”
– Thomas Berry C.P.

Many people now recognize that caring for the Earth is of vital importance for our survival. This evening Father Joe Mitchell will explore how we can make a transition from a period of human devastation of the Earth to a period of human celebration of the sacredness of all creation.

We will examine the ecological and cultural crisis facing our human family, explore the shift that is taking place in our understanding of the Earth, and consider the values and vision we need for the healing of our world. The goal is to engage in the Great Work of our time: to bring forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just human presence on the planet.

The Presenter: Joseph Mitchell

Joseph Mitchell, a Catholic priest and member of the Passionist Community, is the director of the Passionist Earth & Spirit Center in Louisville, KY. He received his training in theology at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and earned a graduate degree in Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness from the California Institute of Integral Studies. His ministry has included directing retreats, parish missions, meditation courses, studies in spirituality, and religious environmental education programs throughout the country. Father Mitchell is also a GreenFaith Fellow and student of Father Thomas Berry.

He is the creator of Lent 4.5, a seven-week faith formation program which educates and guides Christian communities on how to use the traditional Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving to protect God’s cre­ation, embrace Gospel justice, and nurture spiritual fulfillment. It offers practical opportunities for people of faith to apply the values of Christian Simplicity to their everyday lives in order to make a difference in our world.

When: Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Where: Romita Auditorium of Ryan Library, Iona College
Offering: $10 (Iona students free)
RSVP: 914 633 2590 or



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