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SAVE THE DATE: Refresh Your Soul 2019 — March 18, 2019


Episcopal Retirement Services’ 
Parish Health Ministry (PHM) presents a day devoted to living well with purpose.

Keynote Speaker

Authorized biography, Mother Teresa, “Saint of Calcutta”Living with Meaning and Purpose

By tracing the life and work of the “Saint of Calcutta”, her authorized biographer will explore what made her care of the poor, the sick and the dying so exceptional: the priority she gave to dedication, compassion, respect for difference, and being humbly and fully present to the individual; her identification of the need to meet emotional and spiritual problems, and her emphasis not so much on prolonging life at all costs, as on enabling people to die with dignity and surrounded by love. Doing “small things with great love” was a transforming principle that gave meaning and purpose to her life and one she stressed was accessible to all. 

About Keynote Kathryn SpinkKathryn Spink, authorized biographer for Mother Teresa, “Saint of Calcutta”

As the authorized biographer of Mother Teresa, Kathryn was involved with her work for over seventeen years, and her highly acclaimed biography became a New York Times bestseller. She has spoken internationally including an address at the United Nations conference.




Featured Speakers

The Purpose of Life is a Life of Purpose

Rabbi Abie Ingber

Rabbi Abie Ingber will relate valuable lessons from his parents who survived the Holocaust and inspired him on his pathway to peace. Every farmer knows that it is not about the number of barns you build, but about the seeds you plant; every parent knows it is not about the number of times you push the swing, but about how your child soars when they leave your playground. So it is with our lives. When the purpose of life is a life of purpose, the integration of spirit, heart, hands and mind finds it greatest completion.

About Rabbi Abie Ingber

Rabbi Ingber is the founder and former Executive Director of the Center for Interfaith Community Engagement at Xavier University. He is passionate about using the lessons learned from his parents' survival of the Holocaust to promote peace and healing throughout the world.

Food as Medicine

Leah Sarris RD, LDN

Interactive teaching kitchens and food-first nutrition education are the future of medicine. The growing field of Culinary Medicine and its improved patient health outcomes will be explored. Learn about the Mediterranean Diet, an important building block of Culinary Medicine, and groundbreaking research in this field.

 About Leah Sarris RD, LDN

Leah is the Director of Operations and Executive Chef for the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine in New Orleans. She has developed a premier, interdisciplinary program that involves culinary arts, science, nutrition and medicine. It is the first of its kind and has been licensed by many medical schools. Her passion lies in teaching everyone how to make delicious food that is also good for them.

Aging with Zest and Vigor

Kay FrancesIt’s a well-documented fact that people who manage their stress, maintain an optimistic spirit and take care of their health are happier and healthier than those who don’t. In our frenzied world, folks need to be reminded of why these things are vitally important. Kay Frances will share effective ways to cope with stress and leave you laughing and enlightened on how to age with zest and vigor. 

About Kay Frances

Motivational humorist and author, Kay Frances, has shared her message  to “lighten up, stress less and take care of ourselves” in 49 states and Canada for over 30 years. She holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration, a degree in Health and Physical Education and a 4th-degree black belt in karate. Her experience as a family caregiver for many years taught her valuable lessons and inspires much of her work.

Event Schedule


8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Registration, Check In, Continental Breakfast, Exhibitors, Speaker Book Sales
9:00 - 9:15 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:15 - 10:15 a.m. Keynote: Living with Meaning and Purpose - Kathryn Spink
10:15 - 10:50 a.m. Break, Exhibitors, Book Sales & Signing with Kathryn Spink
10:50 - 11:50 p.m. Food as Medicine - Leah Sarris 
11:50 - 1:00 p.m.  Box Lunch, Exhibitors, Book Sales, VIP Speaker Luncheons
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. The Purpose of Life is a Life of Purpose - Rabbi Abie Ingber
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Aging with Zest and Humor - Kay Frances
3:00 - 3:15 p.m.  Evaluation and Closing Remarks


Save the Date Flyer

View or download the Save the Date Flyer in color or black and white.

Contact Hours

Refresh Your Soul conference attendees can register to earn contact hours for several disciplines such as nursing and occupational therapy. Check back after November 13 for the complete details.

Charity Event

To meet the goal of Episcopal Retirement Services’ Parish Health Ministry (PHM) becoming self-supporting, this event is the primary fundraiser for the ministry. 100% of the conference proceeds will benefit PHM. 

Registration for Refresh Your Soul

Registration opens in mid-November!

All registrations include continental breakfast, box lunch and event materials.

Refunds & Cancellations

All requests for refunds MUST BE RECEIVED no later than Wednesday, February 20, 2019. 
Questions? Call 513.979.2246.

Optional VIP Speaker Luncheons

A very limited number of seats are available for speaker luncheons.

Additional cost: $30.00. 
You must register (beginning mid-November) for the conference to add a VIP Luncheon to your reservation. 

  • Kathryn Spink — Perseverance and the Dark Night of the Soul
  • Rabbi Abie — Rewarding Yourself - Healing the World
  • Leah Sarris — Using Food in the Battle Against Cognitive Decline

Conference Location

The Cintas Center at Xavier University, 1624 Herald Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45207


Representatives from many local community organizations will be available to share information and answer questions during the breaks.

Hotel Information

Refresh Your Soul conference attendees can take advantage of special group rates at nearby hotels. Check back after November 13 for the complete details.

Come Refresh Your Soul with us!


Event Date & Time

Refresh Your Soul Conference
Monday, March 18, 2019 

event Location

The Cintas Center at Xavier University
1624 Herald Ave,
Cincinnati, OH 45207

Get In Touch

Rebecca Schroer
Email: rschroer@erslife.org
Phone (513) 979-2246

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