Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice, Moorestown, in collaboration with the Dioceses of Trenton and Camden, will present their 11th annual educational workshop on end-of-life issues from a Catholic perspective Feb. 23 in St. John of God Community, Westville.
“Now and at the Hour of Our Death” will be held 5 to 9 p.m. in the gymnasium located at 1145 Delsea Drive. This year’s event topic is “Celebrating Life’s Journey: The Lessons of Sister Thea Bowman,” who was the granddaughter of slaves and the first black member of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. The educator, evangelist and gospel singer was diagnosed with bone cancer in 1984 and served as a role model for how to live fully through terminal illness until her death in 1990 at age 53.
The evening will include dinner, a film screening and a panel discussion of the Emmy Award-winning “Almost Home: Living with Suffering and Dying,” which shares Sister Thea’s personal experiences in her last year.
Marge McGinley, a hospital chaplain and National Chair of Formation with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and former pastoral administrator in Sacred Heart Parish, Mount Holly. She holds a certificate in ministry to the bereaved from the Archdiocese of New York, and serves as a volunteer member of Samaritan’s Via Lucis Ministry.
Susan Baratta, R.N., CHPN, a clinical manager at Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice, who oversees the on-call nursing team and is a certified hospice and palliative care nurse.
Betsi Bell, MSW, LSW, a Samaritan social worker who performs psychosocial assessments and provides emotional support, education and referrals to community resources.
Sister Jocelyn Edathil, MD, Ph.D., an assistant professor of clinical medicine at Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, and a member of the Sisters of the Imitation of Christ (Bethany Sisters).
Rev. Gerard Marable, M.Div., Th.M., the co-pastor at Sacred Heart Parish, Camden, and founder of Soul of Camden, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing meals and clothing to the homeless and low-income families, and educational and enrichment programs for youth.
Music during the evening will be provided by the Sacred Heart Parish/St. Bartholomew Church Gospel Choir.
Registration is $15 in advance and $20 at the door, and includes a buffet dinner. To register online, go to SamaritanNJ.org. To register by email, send your name, address, phone, email and credit card information to Christine Corti at cc[email protected]. For further information call 856-552-3258.