Carmel Catholic ‘Spiritus Series’ returns with inspiring lineup of speakers for 2021

In the fall of 2019, Carmel Catholic High School launched the Spiritus series featuring a wide range of speakers from a variety of backgrounds, designed to rekindle faith, encourage dialogue, and bring people together in Christ. During this inaugural year, Carmel welcomed three speakers and hundreds of visitors to its Mundelein campus.

Spiritus returns this year with another roster of accomplished speakers who promise to inspire us, grow in faith and meet Christ. All events are free, open to the public and broadcast live on the Carmel Digital Network.

Among the guest speakers this season are Catholic Carmelite graduates, dr. timone davis (’80), assistant professor of pastoral theology, majoring in black Catholic theology at Loyola University, and Dr Samer Attar (’95), attending surgeon at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and associate professor of orthopedic surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Dr. Linda Couri, director of the Institute for Pastoral Leadership and assistant professor of pastoral and counseling at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake, is also scheduled to speak.

Hosted inside the new Visitor Center Kathy A. Nemmers, dr. Davis will speak on Thursday, October 28 at 6:30 p.m .; Dr Couri Thursday January 20 at 6.30 p.m. and Dr Attar on a date to be determined in February.

dr. Davis uses lowercase letters in the spelling of his name to indicate his desire to embody the affirmation of the creed of John 3:30 in his everyday life.

After working for the Archdiocese of Chicago as coordinator of Reclaiming Christ in Life Young Adult Ministry (ReCiL), dr. Davis started PEACE centered WHOLENESS with her husband Orlando, where they blend clinical counseling and spiritual guidance. In addition to running a business, she is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University in Chicago. In her spare time, she is the treasurer of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium.

Davis’s dynamic energy and deep spirituality enhances her brand of teaching which engages her mind through the use of storytelling. Whatever the occasion, his mission is to help others open their hearts and minds to the saving power of God’s grace, love, and mercy.

On January 20, The “Choice Driven Life” starring Dr Linda Couri will examine and advocate for the pro-life position through the prism of a Catholic approach to authentic feminism. A licensed clinical social worker, Dr. Couri’s further studies include counseling at the Victor Frankl Institute for Logotherapy and Theology at Loyola University in Chicago and the Catholic Theological Union.

As a former Pro Choice advocate and Planned Parenthood employee, Dr Couri experienced the depth of thought and the certainty of conviction on both sides of the abortion issue. In her self-proclaimed “uncomfortable conversion” to being Pro-Life, she has had the benefit of genuinely exploring the values, goals, and motivations behind being Pro-Choice. In an effort to shed light on the Pro-Choice mindset, Dr Couri’s lecture will reference his own life story in the hopes of creating an opportunity for meaningful and honest dialogue between those who find themselves. divided by the issue of abortion.

In addition to his medical degrees, Dr. Attar completed a surgical residency and fellowship at the University of Chicago. Prior to working in Chicago, he worked at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr Attar has participated in several medical missions abroad with the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and doctors in New York.

Dr Attar is known around the world for his incredible and impressive work in Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Liberia, Burma, Bhutan, Panama and Nepal. In 2016, he was honored as Chicago Magazine of the Year and as the American Red Cross Global Citizenship Hero in recognition of his humanitarian work in Syria and his advocacy on behalf of medical personnel. Syrian.

His work has been featured on CNN, BBC, and 60 Minutes, and has been featured in numerous publications and media outlets, including the New England Journal of Medicine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and National Geographic.

All Spiritus Speaker Series events are free and open to the public. For information, visit or call (847) 566-3000.

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