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The Spirituality in Education Conference

Friday, July 1, 2016

Magnificat High School Hosts the Spirituality in Education Conference,
in Partnership with Teachers College, Columbia University;
October 27-28


Save the Date Announcement

For Immediate Release

Contacts:         Karen Uthe Semancik, Director of Marketing, 440.33.1572, ext. 282                      

                        Susie Turek, Ass’t to the President/Director of Special Projects, 440.331.1572, ext. 253

National event features Keynote Speakers Dr. Lisa Miller (The Spiritual Child), Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ (Dead Man Walking) and Dr. Stephen G. Post (Why Good Things Happen to Good People).

(ROCKY RIVER, OH) –Magnificat High School and Teachers College, Columbia University announce their partnership in co-sponsoring The Spirituality in Education Conference at Magnificat High School on Thursday and Friday, October 27-28, 2016. This national conference is open to all teachers, counselors, administrators and parents from public, private and independent schools, pre-K through 12, and college and university educators and researchers, and is supported by The Rosemary Saas Center for Women of Faith in Leadership.

The Spirituality in Education Conference promotes the research findings that spirituality in youth is the bedrock for character development, thriving and health.

Science in the recent decade has established spirituality as the foundation for lifelong thriving and development in youth, and The Spirituality in Education Conference promotes these research findings, offering educators, parents and those serving today’s youth the tools needed to transform inner work for outer change.

This “spiritual hub” has been proven to be the number one protector from anxiety, depression and risky behaviors in young people, and tied to future resilience and happiness. Support of natural spirituality from family, educational culture and community establishes a spiritual core in the child, from which all other lines of socio-emotional and moral development unfold.

Research now shows that children who have a positive, active relationship to spirituality are:

•  40% less likely to use and abuse substances.

•  60% less likely to be depressed as teenagers.

•  more likely to have positive markers for thriving and high levels of academic success.

•  have a spiritual core established in the first two decades lasts a lifetime.

In this conference, keynotes and presenters will translate science into educational practice and innovation for the betterment of youth, kindergarten through college.

“Our attention to spiritual development, in particular, is something we consider to be critically important to empowering our young women for the future,” says Ms. Jenifer Hebda Halliday ’95, President of Magnificat High School. “We are excited and honored to welcome Dr. Miller to Magnificat, and are privileged to have the opportunity to partner with Columbia University in hosting The Spirituality in Education Conference.”

Dr. Lisa Miller, a professor and researcher at Columbia University, offers, “Research shows that a direct and personal relationship with a transcendent higher power…can be the most powerful protection against suffering in adolescence. Spirituality is the bedrock of a young person’s sense of stability and meaning in the world.”

Magnificat High School

Magnificat High School, a girls’ Catholic college-preparatory high school, founded and sponsored by the Sisters of the Humility of Mary, calls young women to live Mary’s Magnificat in the world. Our Mission is to educate young women holistically to learn, lead and serve in the spirit of Mary’s Magnificat. Our Purpose is to empower young women to be role models for the real world.

Dr. Lisa Miller

Lisa Miller, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology and Education, Director of the Clinical Psychology Program at Columbia University’s Teachers College, and founder and Executive Director of the Spirituality Mind Body Institute. Dr. Miller’s research has been published in journals including JAMA-Psychiatry, American Journal of Psychiatry, and the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. She is the author of the New York Times Best Seller The Spiritual Child, which contains over 15 years of research on the impact of religion and spirituality.

Spirituality Mind Body Institute

The Spirituality Mind Body Institute (SMBI) at Teachers College, Columbia University explores the intersection of science and spirituality through the framework of psychology, creating a new archetype for learning and teaching. The institute fosters true self-exploration, within a rigorous academic context, in order to build an international community of inspiring thought leaders, mind-body healers, spiritual activists and visionaries. The institute is pioneering the emerging field of universal spirituality through transformative inner work for outer change.

SMBI is committed to developing evidence-based science that examines the effects of spirituality across the lifespan, including spirituality as a protective factor against mental illness, a source of resilience in cultivating relationships and as a gateway to personal fulfillment.

The Spirituality Mind Body Institute serves as a bridge between science, academia and the diverse worldwide community to address the needs of a rapidly changing world, with a cutting-edge, global spiritual platform that brings together world-renowned scientists, educators, healers and spiritual leaders to inspire conversations that foster social connectedness and constructive resolutions to contribute to the higher good of the whole.

Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ

High School teacher, religious education director, author, international speaker and founder of Survive, she began her prison ministry in 1981 after visiting a prisoner with whom she had corresponded. She turned her experiences into the book, Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty, which was developed into a major motion picture in 1996. The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions, was published in 2004. She continues to counsel both inmates on death row and the families of murder victims.

Dr. Stephen G. Post

A researcher and public speaker on how helping others benefits those who give, how empathic care contributes to patient outcomes and professional well-being, how youth who follow the Golden Rule live happier and more resilient lives, how caregivers find meaning and hope in caring for the deeply forgetful and how positive psychology and spirituality enhance health. He is the author of Why Good Things Happen to Good People: How to Live a Longer, Healthier, Happier Life by the Simple Act of Giving and The Hidden Gifts of Helping.


Magnificat High School is located at 20770 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River, Ohio 44116.


Visit https://www.magnificaths.org/spirituality-conference for more information or to register for The Spirituality in Education Conference.