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Dominican University Siena Center Offers Mini-Courses on Grandparenting and Interfaith Conversation

9/17/2012 - 10:08 AM PST

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River Forest, IL (September 17, 2012) - Dominican Universityĺs St. Catherine of Siena Center will offer a mini-course titled ôThe Spirituality of Grandparenting,ö designed to teach grandparents how to communicate with their grandchildren and use faith to enhance their relationships.

The course, taught by Kathy Heskin, DMin, professor of theology and founding director of Dominicanĺs master of arts in family ministry program, will be presented from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on three consecutive Wednesdays: October 24 and 31 and November 7. All classes will be held at Dominican Universityĺs Priory Campus, 7200 West Division Street, River Forest.

Heskin is the author of Marriage: A Spiritual Journey and a frequent speaker on marriage, family spirituality and faith development. She earned her bachelorĺs degree in political science from Rosary College, a master of divinity from Loyola University Chicago's Institute for Pastoral Studies and a doctor of ministry degree from the University of St. Mary of the Lake.

In addition, the Siena Center will offer ôFaithful People, Living Word,ö a course on interfaith conversation and learning. Jewish, Catholic and Muslim teachers will talk about the roles their respective sacred texts play in the lives of their communities and will examine passages on the same topic found in Hebrew scriptures, the Qurĺan and the New Testament. The course is presented in conjunction with the Chicago Coalition for InterReligious Learning.

ôFaithful People, Living Wordö will be offered from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on three consecutive Thursdays: October 25 and November 1 and 8.

The courses cost $50 each. For more information or to register for any of the mini-courses, contact the Siena Center at (708) 714-9105 or email

Dominican University established the St. Catherine of Siena Center to examine critical issues of church and society in the light of faith and scholarship. The center calls together members of the university community, professional ministers and the wider community of faith who are committed to deepening their insight into the role of the Christian in today's world.


Dominican University  IL, 60305 US
Dan Armstrong - Public Relations Manager,  708-524-6452


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