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Catholic Connection – July 18, 2023 – Hr 2

Dr. Patricia Cooney Hathaway promotes a free ‘Introduction to Spirituality’ online course. Deb O’Hara-Rusckowski shines on a light on the dark world of sex trafficking.



Segment 1 – Intro and News


Segment 2 – Teresa’s Two Cents
21 international doctors sign open letter against youth transgender ‘transition’ procedures


Segment 3 – “An Introduction to Spirituality” Free Online Course
In this course, Dr. Cooney Hathaway teaches that spirituality is not limited to religious practices; it encompasses how we live our faith every day. Throughout the course, you will gain a deeper understanding of how spirituality is actually our response to God’s initiative through the power of the Holy Spirit. The goal of the course is not just to learn about God, but to help you take on the mind and heart of Jesus Christ. As one student shared, “I feel like I’m lost in the crowds of Jerusalem, and I want to come and meet Jesus face to face.”

Dr. Patricia Cooney Hathaway is Professor of Spiritual and Systematic Theology, Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit.





Segment 4 – ‘Sound of Freedom’ Offers Opportunity to Highlight a Catholic Approach to Helping Victims of Sex Trafficking Heal From Trauma
The horrors of human trafficking are dramatized in the box-office hit movie Sound of Freedom about a real-life story of saving children trapped in sex trafficking. Two Catholic priests and an adviser to the United Nations who have been fighting this scourge for decades spoke with the Register about the movie and explained a Catholic approach for healing victims.

Deb O’Hara-Rusckowski is a critical care nurse by training with a BSN, MBA and a Master’s in Theology with a concentration in bioethics. After working in healthcare and the private sector for 30+ years, she now concentrates in public, non-profit organizations, and philanthropy. She desires to combine her passion for healthcare, business skills and faith. She currently is a Delegate for the Order of Malta’s Mission at the United Nations, focused on human trafficking and the global refugee crisis. She co-founded Global Strategic Operatives for the Eradication of Human Trafficking.




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