Catholic Hospice Workshop

Catholic Hospice Workshop

Celebrating Life’s Journey:
The Lessons of Sister Thea Bowman

Sponsored by Via Lucis
the Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice Ministry for Catholic Patients & Families
in collaboration with the Dioceses of Camden and Trenton

Friday, February 23, 2018
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

St. John of God Community Services
1145 Delsea Drive
Westville, NJ 08093

$15.00 per person
$20.00 at the door

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Dinner, Emmy-award Winning Film, & Discussion

Sister Thea Bowman was the granddaughter of slaves, and the first black member of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. Her joyful ministry bridged racial and cultural divisions.

Regarded as one of the most significant Catholic figures in modern history, this educator, evangelist, and gospel singer lived a life of impressive achievements in the Church, the civil rights movement, and society. Diagnosed with bone cancer in 1984, Sister Thea served as a role model for how to live fully through terminal illness until her death in 1990 at age 53 — and her example inspires us still.

Our program includes a screening of Almost Home: Living with Suffering and Dying followed by a facilitated discussion.

This spiritually uplifting film shares Sister Thea’s personal experiences in her last years. Through her depth of spirituality and her gift for storytelling, she offers powerful lessons to guide our understanding of our mortality, so that we may live fully while preparing for the journey home to God with confidence and courage.

This year we’ll have music by the Sacred Heart Parish/St. Bartholomew Church Gospel Choir!


  • Marge McGinley (Panel Facilitator) – Virtua Chaplain; Society of St. Vincent de Paul National Chair of Formation
  • Susan Baratta, RN, CHPN – Samaritan Clinical Manager
  • Betsi Bell, MSW, LSW – Samaritan Social Worker
  • Sister Jocelyn Edathil, MD, Ph.D (Bethany Sisters) – Temple University Hospital Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
  • Reverand Gerard Marable, M.Div., Th.M. – Sacred Heart Parish Pastor; Soul of Camden Founder

Workshop Goals

• To help people cope with their illnesses at the end of life, and understand that God will be with them through their journey
• To help relatives and friends support the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of loved ones
• To help those ministering to the needs of the sick provide culturally sensitive care

Learn more about Samaritan’s Ministry for Catholic Patients and Families >>

“Part of my approach to my illness has been to say I want to choose life, I want to keep going, I want to live fully until I die.” Sister Thea Bowman

Excellent workshop for:

Healthcare Practitioners & Students
Priests & Religious
Funeral Directors
Deacons & Wives
Lay Ecclesial Ministers
Parish Volunteers
Lay Ministers

All are welcome!

Questions? Please contact Christine Corti at 856-552-3258. Thank you!

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