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How to be a Healer: Lessons from Catherine of Siena

Sister Susan Karina Dickey, a Dominican Sister of Springfield who ministers as Vice President of Mission Integration for St. Dominic Health Services, Jackson, Miss., has long been fascinated with St. Catherine of Siena's healing mission. "Catherine's mystical experiences have overshadowed her gifts of healing," Sister Karina said.


"When it comes to care for the human spirit you have the very same resources Catherine had: Your good will, your faith, and your prayers."


To bring the wisdom of Catherine's healing ministry to light, Sister Karina prepared this brief three-part series she has shared with the caregivers at St. Dominic's working under the extra pressures and challenges of this time of pandemic.

Sister Karina points out that tools for medical healing and understanding of human psychology were quite different in Catherine's day than our own, but there is still something wonderful to learn from her example. "When it comes to care for the human spirit you have the very same resources Catherine had," she says "Your good will, your faith, and your prayers."

Enjoy the stories.

Part One: Biographical background

Part Two: Andrea's healing

Part Three: Palmarina's healing

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