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Focus on Neuroscience and Well-being: How Spirituality Affects Health & DNA

As part of the Spirituality Under the Dome series, Immaculata University announces its 13th annual Spirituality Day on Saturday, April 6, beginning at 8:30 a.m. with refreshments followed by the opening prayer and welcome at 9:15 a.m. in Alumnae Hall. The half-day event concludes at 12:00 p.m. The keynote speaker for the morning will be Anne Kertz Kernion, owner/artist of Cards by Anne, an inspirational greeting card company founded in 1986. The event will focus on topics related to neuroscience and well-being.

Spiritual habits affect physical and emotional health in a variety of ways. Participants will explore recent findings in neuroscience and the Catholic contemplative tradition and its practices that will help people discover how to slow aging in our cells, maintain the health of the body and brain, and reduce stress. In addition, participants will delve deeper into the practices of meditation, mindfulness and gratitude and will have an opportunity to experience, discuss, and ask questions.

“We are delighted to have Anne share her research, expertise and lived experiences in practical ways so all can be spiritually enriched on a very personal level,” commented Sister Mary Henrich, IHM, program director of Spirituality Under the Dome and vice president for Mission and Ministry at Immaculata.

In addition to her greeting card business, Kernion is also the author of 2016’s A Year of Spiritual Companionship. She has taught Cross-Cultural Understanding of Religious Meaning at Carlow University for 14 years and served as an adjunct faculty member at Community College of Allegheny County teaching courses in chemistry, environmental science, nutrition, world religions and ethics. As a frequent lecturer and retreat leader, Kernion focuses on topics that combine neuroscience and spirituality.

The Spirituality Under the Dome series seeks to provide space for prayer, presenters and performers as a way of nourishing and supporting people’s expressed desire to live in meaningful relationship with God and neighbors. Learn more about Spirituality Day here or contact Sister Mary Henrich, IHM at 484-323-3434. The registration fee is $20.00 and participants are asked to register by March 29.

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