at the End of Life”

with Joan Olson

Tuesday, May 21, 2024 | 1:00–3:00 p.m.

St. Thomas More Catholic Church
Ignatius Hall
1079 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55106

About the May Lecture

This May, we look forward to welcoming Joan Olson to our final Groundings of the season.

With our aging population, many of us will be companioning people who are facing the end of their lives. Drawing on her experience as a hospice and palliative care chaplain and as a spiritual director, Joan will guide us through important considerations: What issues come up as death approaches? What might we need to pay attention to in our own lives? And what might we learn from those who have walked this path? 

About the Speaker

Joan Olson retired in 2015 after 12 years as a chaplain working in hospice and palliative care. This was a second career for her, which grew out of her faith questions following the death of her mother in 1987. Joan is also a certified spiritual director and has served as a teacher and supervisor for the spiritual direction formation program at Sacred Ground Center for Spirituality. She is an active member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, serving on the pastoral care team. 

Groundings is a monthly lecture series for anyone interested in deepening their spirituality, their capacity for deep listening, and their contemplative engagement in our world. 

Groundings is sponsored by Sacred Ground Center for Spirituality, Loyola Spirituality Center, and The Ignatian Spirituality Center at Saint Thomas More and meets on the third Tuesday of each month from 1 – 3 pm at Ignatius Hall in Saint Thomas More Catholic Church.

To cover costs, a $20 contribution is suggested. You may pay online or at the door.


Registration is helpful, but not required.