Finding Wholeness in Healthcare: Spirituality in Practice

Friday, April 17, 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m. | Rauenhorst Ballroom, CdC

This conference is designed to support all workers in healthcare and those preparing for careers in healthcare. 

Participants will

  • Share the stories that guide and connect us in healthcare.
  • Deepen our ability to find meaning and purpose in imperfect organizations.
  • Learn practical practices to support spiritual connectedness.

Cost is $15, free to students. 

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8:30–9 a.m. Breakfast, welcome, and warmup. Provost Anita Thomas, PhD; conference co-chairs; and St. Catherine University coordinator of spiritual direction, Cynthia Bailey Manns

9–10:15 a.m. Session I: Keynote

10:45 a.m.–12 p.m. Session II: Storytellers Panel

12–1 p.m. Lunch

1–2 p.m. Session III: Practical Application

Session Details

Session I Keynote

Finding Meaning in our Work by Letting our Stories Breathe

Rev. Paul Galchutt, MPH, MDiv, BCC| Research Staff Chaplain M Health Fairview, University of Minnesota Medical Center
Paul serves as the convener for the Hospice-Palliative Spiritual Care Research Network with Transforming Chaplaincy. Because of his Transforming Chaplaincy fellowship, Paul also completed his MPH (2019) at the University of Minnesota in May of this year. He is faculty with the Interprofessional Spiritual Care Education Curriculum (ISPEC) connected with the George Washington Institute of Spirituality. Among the roles Paul has played in healthcare settings, he has been an inpatient palliative care chaplain, a bereavement coordinator, as well as a Critical Incident Stress Management Coordinator. Of his twenty-four years as an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America pastor, seven were served within a congregational setting.

Beba Tata, BCC, MPH, MDiv | Chaplain, Mayo Clinic, Rochester
Beba Tata earned her MDiv at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California and a Master of Patient Counseling at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. She completed CPE residencies from St. Elizabeth Psychiatric Hospital in Washington, DC and at VCU. As a Transforming Chaplaincy Research fellow, Beba completed her MPH in Community Health Promotion at the University of Minnesota in May 2018. Her areas of interest include spiritual care at end-of-life, exploring spiritual resources and interventions for people with advanced disease and strategies for well-being and resilience for nurses and allied health staff.

Session II: Storytellers Panel

Stories from the center—Finding and connecting with meaning and purpose in imperfect organizations


  • Steven D. Jackson, MD Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Regions Hospital
  • Rebecca Siebenaler, RN, Director of Patient Care Allina Health
  • Ted Spiess, RN BSN CRNA MSNA DaVita, Inc.
  • Marie-Pier Winters, PT, Physical Therapist, Regions Hospital Rehab - Neuroscience Center


  • Susan O’Conner-Von

  • Tim Usset, BCC, MPH MDiv (Chaplain for the 364th Civil Affairs Brigade, Minneapolis VA)

Table Conversations

  • How do you find meaning and purpose in your organization?

  • Where do you struggle and want to connect with more authenticity?

  • What did you hear that helps you understand and see others more fully?

Session III: Practical Application

Taking This with Me to my Place of Care/Work

Moderator: Diane Nettifee

  • Surfacing your unique practices/find it – name it – leverage it-share it with others: With myself – with others – with my patients or people I serve
  • Spiritual practices to build connection, meaning, purpose, aliveness/wholeness and community: inner and outer practices that support us.

Definition of "spirituality" for our work: Christina Puchalski, MD, director of the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health, contends that "spirituality is the aspect of humanity that refers to the way individuals seek and express meaning and purpose and the way they experience their connectedness to the moment, to self, to others, to nature, and to the significant or sacred.”