Health Ministry at St. Monica promotes the spiritual health of the whole person and is supported by a Providence St. John’s Faith Community Nurse (Parish Nurse). Through a mind, body, and spirit approach, Health Ministry offers health and wellness information to our parish community. This approach expands and builds upon our parish’s traditional outreach of visitation to the sick, support groups, and referrals to community agencies.
This past year our programming included very informative presentations on Women's Health, Men's Health, Catholic Teaching on End-of-Life Care, Red Cross Blood Drives, COVID-19, Stroke Prevention, and Advance Directives. In 2021, we're launching our Healthcare Provider Prayer Services and will be back with more Healthy Living Speaker Series talks!
Wellness & health—they've definitely been popular topics this past year! But what do we really need to know? We’re talking about just that with our very own Dr. Christine Gerety facilitating an expert panel of fabulous speakers. They’ll be sharing ways for us to maintain our health & wellness during the fall and the holiday season from a mind/body/spirit perspective.
Kate McGinnis, LCSW is a Los Angeles-based cognitive-behavioral psychotherapist. Kate works with underserved communities as a staff therapist, supervisor, and trainer with Providence St. John's Child and Family Development Center in Santa Monica. She also has a private practice with a special focus on treating anxiety, panic, and OCD. Kate is a yoga instructor and engages in mindfulness and contemplative practices both in and out of the therapy setting.
Carol Hahn, MSN, RN, RYT, CPT, CDP, is a Registered Nurse with over 35 years of varied health experience, a Registered Yoga Teacher, and a Certified Personal Trainer. Through her business, Wellness and Fitness Nurse, Carol uses a holistic approach to help people improve nutrition, flexibility, strength, cognition, and quality of life.
Fr. David Guffey, CSC, is a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross, living in-residence and assisting at St. Monica, Although he regularly preaches and presides at sacraments, his full-time job is National Director of Family Theater Productions where he has worked since 2008. Father David also gives retreats and talks on spirituality, faith and media, and Catholicism and film. He is a Notre Dame football enthusiast, loves to travel and is a film buff.
Fr. David grew up in Mt. Carroll, Illinois, where both his parents and sister (with her husband and six children) still live. He received a BA in American Studies and a Master of Divinity from the University of Notre Dame and an MFA in film and television production at Loyola Marymount University. He was ordained a priest of Holy Cross in 1991. Fr. David’s work with Family Theater Productions and the Congregation of Holy Cross often take him out of town for meetings and projects.
Christine Gerety, Ph.D., is the Associate Director of Outreach and Pastoral Care at St. Monica Catholic Community, overseeing about twenty ministries and programs, including Bereavement. In addition to her ministry at St. Monica, she provides bereavement support training to the Archdiocese's Ministry of Consolation and speaks on a variety of ministry topics. For fun, she enjoys traveling, learning new languages, and honing her improv comedy skills!