Myser Initiative on Catholic Identity welcomed international artist to campus

The O'Shaughnessy

The 2010 Myser Initiative on Catholic Identity

St. Catherine University's Myser Initiative on Catholic Identity presented Therese Schroeder-Sheker, Thursday, April 22 in The O'Shaughnessy on the St. Paul campus.

In her presentation, "Music, Spirituality and Palliative Medicine: Contemplative Musicianship in the Care of the Dying," Schroeder-Sheker discussed her journey as an international composer, harpist, vocalist and founder of the practice of music-thanatology.

She was a lecturer-in-residence at St. Catherine University and discussed her work with students, faculty and staff.

About the artist

Integrating music, medicine and spirituality, Schroeder-Sheker's work has touched millions. An international concert and recording artist, she also dedicates both harp and voice to the care of the dying.

Schroeder-Sheker founded the practice of music-thanatology, a unique approach for using ministry and music as a clinical care practice for the dying. As an artist, scholar and clinician, she sustains an interest in a number of related fields: contemplative musicianship, late-medieval feminine mystics, monastic medicine, palliative medicine, the literature of metanoia and the theology of beauty. Her artistic and clinic work has been honored with numerous cultural and humanitarian awards.

About the Myser Initiative

The Myser Initiative on Catholic Identity annually brings professionals who exemplify in their life and work the values and principles inherent in the Catholic Identity of St. Catherine University. This year the Initiative highlights the principle of sacramentality by featuring artists who have integrated art with faith-inspired palliative care.

The lecture is endorsed by the St. Catherine University Henrietta Schmoll School of Health, Master of Arts in Holistic Health program, Departments of Theology and Music and Campus Ministry Center, as well as the St. Catherine University Alumnae Association and Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality.

April is arts and health month

This Myser Initiative lecture is part of the Midwest Arts in Healthcare Network (MAIHN) "Arts and Health Community Celebration" in April. Both St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybek have proclaimed April "Arts in Healthcare" month.

A coalition of healthcare providers, artists, and community members integrating the arts into the world of health and healing, the MAIHN celebration is designed to focus community attention on the variety of events combining arts and healing to lift the human spirit and inspire optimal health.

Twin Cities area hospitals, senior centers, arts organizations, galleries, community clinics, and others are participating with exhibitions, performances, and other public events.

By Julie Michener