The School of Nursing celebrates CUA School of Nursing alumnus, Brother Ignatius Perkins’, O.P., PhD, RN, FAAN, FNYAM, FRSM, as the first recipient of the Saint Catherine of Siena Endowed Chair in Catholic Health Care Ethics at the Pontifical Faculty of Theology of the Immaculate Conception (PFIC) in Washington, D.C.
Brother Perkins is Dean and Professor of Nursing and Director of the RN-BSN Program at Aquinas College in Nashville, TN. Brother Ignatius was selected in recognition of his lifetime of service to those in need of health care in both the Catholic community and beyond.
The Saint Catherine of Siena Endowed Chair in Catholic Health Care Ethics provides for the appointment of a faculty member to the PFIC in Washington, D.C. and is funded via a $1 million endowment. This generous gift from the Dominican Friars of the Priory of Saint Catherine of Siena and the Shrine of Saint Jude, a ministry of the Parish and Priory of Saint Catherine in New York City will ensure that students receive proper formation in the field of health care ethics. To this end, the Endowed Chair supports the pastoral formation and academic education of Dominican-student Friars in Health Care Ethics for the ministries of the Province of Saint Joseph and specifically at the Dominican Friars Health Care Ministry of New York (DFHCMNY). In addition, the Chair and associated lecturers will provide valuable and timely content on health care ethics to all religious and lay students who attend the PFIC.