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The 13th Annual Spirituality Day at Immaculata University will take place on April 6, 2019.

View the schedule of events and registration info here.

About our Speaker

Anne Kertz KernionAnne Kertz Kernion (BS in Environmental Engineering, Penn State; MA in Theology, Duquesne University, Certificate in the Science of Happiness, UC Berkeley) is the owner/artist of Cards by Anne, an inspirational greeting card company founded in 1986. Her book, “A Year of Spiritual Companionship” was published by SkyLight Paths in 2016. Anne’s cards are available online ( and in hundreds of stores. For 14 years, Anne taught “Cross-Cultural Understanding of Religious Meaning” at Carlow University. For seven years, she was also an adjunct professor at CCAC, teaching courses ranging from Chemistry, Environmental Science, and Nutrition to World Religions and Ethics. Currently, Anne is a frequent lecturer and retreat leader, presenting topics that combine neuroscience and spirituality. She is a certified yoga instructor and teaches a weekly yoga class. Anne is married to Jack and they have 3 grown children and 5 grandchildren. She has practiced meditation and mindfulness for over 20 years, and yoga for over 10 years. She enjoys biking, hiking, traveling and reading.

Presentation: Neuroscience and Well-Being: How Spirituality Affects Our Health and DNA

Our spiritual habits affect our physical and emotional health in a variety of ways. By exploring recent findings in neuroscience and the Catholic contemplative tradition and its practices, we’ll discover how we can slow aging in our cells, maintain the health of our bodies and brains, and reduce stress. This multimedia presentation will both enlighten and encourage you on your spiritual journey.

Part 1: We will review the basics of neuroscience, how our actions and thoughts impact our health, and explore the Catholic contemplative tradition. We’ll discover the effect that meditation, mindfulness, gratitude, community and compassion have on our brains, bodies and DNA.

Part 2: We will delve a bit deeper into the practices of meditation, mindfulness and gratitude, providing an opportunity to ask questions, discuss and experience.

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