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ECW Advent Luncheon

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Enjoy a Healthy Lunch With Wellness Expert Dr. Ann Kulze and Contemplative Prayer Expert Father Nicholas Amato

Where can you learn how to improve your total wellness while enjoying a healthful and delicious lunch, all in the span of one hour? At the Women’s Advent Luncheon at St. Philip’s Church on Wednesday, Nov. 29. The speakers include Dr. Ann Kulze, nationally acclaimed Wellness Expert, and Father Nicholas Amato, author and lecturer on the deep benefits of silent prayer.

At the luncheon, Dr. Ann will introduce Father Nicholas and share her insights on practical ways to make your body the temple of the Holy Spirit. Father Nicholas will present "Contemplative Prayer: Expect a Difference in Your Life". After the program, people will have the opportunity to ask questions and to purchase signed copies of Father Nicholas' book, Living in God.

The two speakers are friends. Dr. Ann met Father Nicholas, a retired Catholic priest and an associate member of Mepkin Abbey in Moncks Corner, when she was invited to be part of his team to create a clergy wellness program at the abbey. Within moments of meeting Father Nicholas, Dr. Ann was impressed by his calm presence of peace and Godliness. As a byproduct of their joint work, Father Nicholas introduced Dr. Ann to the practice of Contemplative Prayer, or sitting silently in deep love and reverence with Christ. Since then, Dr. Ann has incorporated this daily habit into her own life, and she now encourages prayer and stillness as part of overall wellness.

Father Nicholas lives in Pennsylvania amid the Amish, but he visits Mepkin Abbey regularly. At the abbey, Father Nicholas offers six contemplative retreats each year, and these events sell out quickly. (Check the Mepkin website to sign up. Registration opens six months before each event.) 

Father Nicholas has served as a Catholic priest for almost 50 years, pastoring parishes more than 20 of those years and also having served as a spiritual director on staff at St. Luke Institute in Silver Spring, Maryland, and as adjunct faculty for the Shalem Institute of Spiritual Formation  in Washington, D.C. Father Nicholas, an author and lecturer, leads contemplative retreats, parish missions, and days of recollection up and down the East Coast.

Dr. Ann Kulze is a best-selling author, physician, and highly sought motivational speaker in the areas of nutrition, healthy living, and disease prevention. With formal training in both nutrition and medicine, along with extensive “hands on” experience as a wife, mother of 4, and trusted family physician, Dr. Ann has distinguished herself as a one-of-a-kind “real world” nutrition and wellness expert. She is the author of six books including her best-selling, award winning Eat Right for Life series (WELCOA). She has been featured in many national media outlets including the Dr. Oz show, Oprah and Friends Radio, Time Magazine, USA Weekend, NPR, and Prevention Magazine.

* The event begins promptly at noon, upstairs in the dining room of the Parish Hall, located at the corner of Cumberland and Church streets downtown. A city parking garage is available nearby on Cumberland Street.

NOTE TO THE PRESS: To arrange interviews with either Dr. Ann or Father Nicholas, or to receive further information, please contact Pringle Franklin at franklin.pringle@comcast.net