Linger Over Breakfast

Breakfast Series 2017

Linger Over Breakfast KC is presented in partnership with St. Teresa's Academy and Avila University.  This is a spiritual lecture series sponsored by the institutions of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.  The program was modeled after the very successful Linger Over Breakfast series developed by Sister Marion Renkins, CSJ, and held at the Motherhouse in St. Louis.

April 1, 2017:  Ethics in Everyday Life

St. Teresa’s Academy

Linger Over Breakfast

Spirituality and the Moral Life

Jean deBlois, CSJ, Ph.D.


Today, we find ourselves confronted by daunting moral issues made particularly challenging by the divisive climate in our society.  Issues of immigration reform, climate change, respect for the rule of law, the right to life and health care, gun legislation are just a few of the concerns that we must grapple with as citizens.  In addition, issues in our private lives can be just as daunting and cause what has been called “moral distress.”   In this presentation we will look at the intersection between personal spirituality and the moral life asking how attention to deepening our own spirituality can help us grapple effectively with the many moral decisions each of us faces on a daily basis.

St. Teresa's Academy, Windmoor Center
Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Program 9-11 a.m.
$15 per session, breakfast included
Click here to register online 
or call 816-501-2944

Jean deBlois, C.S.J.
MA, Theology, University of San Francisco; Ph.D. (Moral Theology and Medical Ethics), Catholic University of America
Professor of Systematic Theology 2000-
Director of Master of Arts in Health Care Mission Program, 2000-

I am a
Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet. In my former life I was a registered nurse working in critical care. I worked in the first paramedic base station West of the Mississippi and supervised a critical care unit where we trained firemen to be paramedics and supervised paramedics in the field.

I asked to study theology
because of all the ethical issues I encountered as a nurse in the 1970s. I was given permission to study and received an MA in theology from the University of San Francisco (my hometown) in 1979 and found that I was “smitten” with the study bug.  So, rather than returning to nursing I continued my studies and received a Ph.D. in moral theology and medical ethics from the Catholic University of America in 1988.

I spent 6 years
on the faculty of the Department of Internal Medicine at St. Louis University Health Sciences Center where I taught ethics in all the schools on the medical center campus.  I worked for 6 years at the Catholic Health Association where I was first an ethicist and later served as Vice-president for Mission and Sponsorship.

For the past 9 years I
have been on the faculty of Aquinas Institute of Theology.  In addition to teaching courses, I also serve as the director of the Master of Arts in Health Care Mission program. This program is designed to provide leaders in Catholic health care with a firm grounding in the Catholic theological tradition that is at the heart of and informs this ministry of the Church.  The program began in 2000 and since that time we have graduated three groups of ministry leaders, have two currently in progress and will begin cohort six in July 2009.

I serve
on the board of Ascension Health on behalf of my congregation, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.   I also work with ethics committees for Cardinal Ritter Senior Services and Nazareth Living Center in St. Louis. 

In the areas of theology and ethics,
I am particularly interested in the ethical dimensions of end of life decision making; the effects of advancing technologies on the delivery of health care;  environmental ethics and the future of Mother Earth; lay leadership formation and the evolution of sponsorship for Catholic health care and other ministries of the church.


Presented by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet