Karen says, “The first part of my career was as a chiropractic physician. Following studies at Fordham University, where I majored in spiritual theology and spiritual direction in the Ignatian tradition, I transitioned into pastoral care as a hospital chaplain. Now, in part 2, I serve as a spiritual director with the Murphy Center for Ignatian Spirituality at Fairfield University, working with student nurses and staff. I also continue a pastoral care practice focused on individuals who have become disabled.”
Her article, “The Principle of Catholic Social Teaching: A guide for decision-making from daily encounters to national policy making” was published in the Catholic Medical Association’s The Linacre Quarterly. Recently, Karen presented “The Three-fold cornerstone principle of Catholic social teaching for servant leadership” to doctoral students at St. Mary’s University.
Karen enjoys “grand parenting, playing with my grandson and working in my new flower garden” and summarizes her professional interests as being at the “intersection of a lay spirituality and the implementation of Catholic social teachings in the health care system.”