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Theology professor takes on “Unfinished Business”

Russell Connors delivered the 2011 Sister Anne Joachim Moore Lecture at the Teaching and Learning Network workshop, with music by Patricia Connors and Kristie Tiggs.
Russell Connors delivered the 2011 Sister Anne Joachim Moore Lecture at the Teaching and Learning Network workshop, with music by Patricia Connors and Kristie Tiggs.
Rebecca Zenefski 10

Candidly talking about his year-long battle with Stage IV colon cancer, Theology Professor Russ Connors also shared his search for hope, justice and beauty as he presented the 2011 Sister Anne Joachim Moore lecture at the University's annual internal conference, the Teaching and Learning Network (TLN).

Infusing his lecture with music, video clips and photos, Connors dispelled fears for his health with characteristic humor and grace.

"I am not dying right now and don’t plan on it any time soon," he said. "The chemo, to date, seems to be effective. Even so, I’d be a fool not to recognize the hard reality that I am most probably going to die a lot sooner than I would like; and I will undoubtedly die with a great deal of personal and relational unfinished business."

But Connors made it clear that he looked for the blessing and invitation in each day. He shared his journey and that of his family and how their hope has been nurtured through faith and beauty.

The Winter 2011 edition of the University's magazine, SCAN, has a profile of Connors.

In addition, a video podcast of Connors' entire presentation is available online or you can download a pdf of his lecture.MooreLecture_2011_Connors.pdf

Jan. 24, 2011 by Julie Michener

See also: Catholic Identity, Faculty, Leadership