Caritas Healing Connections

We invite you to join us monthly for a chance to return to your Caritas Community to share and reconnect.

Agenda & Theme

TOPIC: The Mystery & Miracle of Laughter

Presented by: Patti O'Rourke, BC, CCRN-K, CHPN, HN-BC, HWNC-BC, NBC-HWC


  • Describe how Meditation and Humor matter
  • Discuss the benefits of Laughter
  • Discuss Humor Research
  • Identify how to get more laughter in your day

Patti's BIO: Patti is a pioneer in practicing and teaching complementary modalities at the bedside and in the communities where she lives and works. She is a nurse healer, educator, mentor, and coach. Her mission is to serve her God, country, and her profession. She teaches locally & internationally. After 52 years as a civilian nurse, a Navy nurse, and a VA nurse, is now in private practice.


  • Diploma of Nursing – Mary Immaculate Hospital School of Nursing
  • BSN – Long Island University
  • MA – New York University


Free. Available to all. Every 3rd Saturday of the month. One hour.

~ 8am Pacific
~ 9am Mountain
~ 10am Central
~ 11am Eastern

Zoom Link:

2022 Dates
  • Feb 19, 2022
  • Mar 19, 2022
  • Apr 16, 2022
  • May 21, 2022
  • Jun 18, 2022
  • Jul 16, 2022
  • Aug 20, 2022
  • Sep 17, 2022
  • Oct 15, 2022
  • Nov 19, 2022
  • Dec 17, 2022
Facilitated for WCSI by:

Marcy B Newman, DACM, RN, MPH, Employee Whole Health Program Manager, Phoenix VA Health Care System. Marcy teaches/practices: iRest Meditation, Chair Yoga, Guided Imagery, Metta Meditation, Diaphragmatic Breathing and Body Scan.

Lauren Khalifeh, BSN,RN, HNC-BC, CAPH Holistic Coordinator for St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, Paterson, NJ. Lauren practices Pranic Healing - Prayer Based Healing (Energy Healing), Free Soul Technique, Meditations, Guided Imagery, Hand Massage, Drumming and Om Mani Padme Hum session, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique).

Jennifer Drake, DNP RN NPD-BC ONC, Caritas Coach®, Caring Science Mindful Practice Faculty, Clinical Educator for Onboarding Inova Alexandria Hospital, Virginia

Got an agenda item?

 Contact Marcy Newman at


To create a sacred and safe space for the Caring Science community to share healing modalities (i.e. Caritas moments, healing poems, meditation, yoga, music, etc.), and connect with one another.

  • Hold a monthly 1 hour zoom session with a set structure
  • Allow for 10-15 minutes of open sharing at the end
  • Have a group of moderators to organize and facilitate each session (rotate)
  • Assign 1 moderator per session/set a schedule for 6 months
Structure of Each Session
  • Opening reflection, calling us to the space in stillness and presence (by moderator/facilitator)
  • Offer space for a maximum of 3 healing, sharing moments of 5-10 minutes each
  • Open sharing time around 10-15 minutes
  • Closing (5 minutes)
  • Caritas Healing Connection sessions are not an alternative for professional therapy or training.
  • We celebrate each other but this is not a space to showcase professional achievements.
Participation Request

To put your name forward to offer either a modality/reading or to facilitate please contact Marcy Newman at

Thank you!

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