Viterbo Outreach Programs

These programs are offered free of charge to Viterbo University staff and faculty. Registration is required. Programs take place at the Franciscan Spirituality Center, 920 Market St., La Crosse (except for Tibetan Singing Bowls, which will be at Viterbo).

FEBRUARY 21, noon-1 p.m.: GENEROUS ASSUMPTIONS BY BRENE BROWN, presented by Steve Spilde and Karna Marks

As much as we hope our hearts are in the right place, generously interpreting the intentions, words and actions of others can be difficult to manage sometimes. The work of author and researcher Brené Brown helps us explore our boundaries and beliefs, adapt a new lens and go forward with a skill set that’s more freeing for others — and us, too.

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MARCH 21, noon-1 p.m: CREATING MOMENTS OF JOY, presented by Karna Marks and Sarah Hennessey, FSPA

"We are fragile creatures and it is from this weakness, not despite it, that we discover the possibility of true joy," says Nobel Peace Prize winner and theologian Desmond Tutu. What is true JOY, and how do we support it? Together, we will look at the eight pillars of joy taught by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu, and explore some of the connections between joy, anger, suffering, vulnerability, meaning and perspective.

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APRIL 18, noon-1 p.m.: LIVING FRANCISCAN VALUES, presented by Sarah Hennessey, FSPA 

To be a Franciscan in the world today does not mean being a carbon copy of St. Francis and St. Clare. Rather, it means living their inspiration in our own unique way. Through looking at original Franciscan sources and discussion, we will explore how to live authentically in today’s world.

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