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Phase II: More In-Depth Talks and Discussions (Fall 2020)

September 18, 2020

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

October 23, 2020

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Faith, Hope and Love in Healing Action
November 13, 2020

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

December 11, 2020

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Healing Action Initiative Concept:

The University of Holy Cross, a Catholic Institution of Higher Education provides a forum for the needed discussion regarding the Catholic response to current social tensions. As a response to the question, “What can I do?” UHC responds with, “Tell me where you are.” UHC is situated to dialogue with our partners with the shared guideposts of the Catholic faith, as well as one of the most effective means out of poverty and into a deeper participation in society—higher education. While Christian confessions historically have not always spoken as clearly against practices contrary to human dignity, it has been the Christian faith that has been the inspiration and catalyst for Christians to engage in meaningful change in support of this dignity. As an institution that sits at the crossroads of faith and education, UHC proposes to navigate this process with its partners. We recognize that it is only through what we share, as human persons, and as the Body of Christ—namely human dignity based upon our shared image of God—that we can navigate a path forward that embraces Catholic identity. This shared identity can be understood through the virtues of faith, hope and love, and can be translated into meaningful action in higher education—where we are.

Message From
Dr. Stanton McNeely

President, University of Holy Cross


Healing Action in Phases

Phase I


Our speakers, incarnate examples of healing through the virtues. Our panel then discusses how this path occurs through education.

Phase II


More In-Depth Talks and Discussions (Fall 2020)

Phase III


Practical Steps at UHC and with our Collaborator Partners, Implementation of the fruit of phases I and II (Spring 2021)



Phase II: October 23, 2020,
Fr. Josh Johnson talk about the role of love and how it makes possible the...

Who are our Speakers?

Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans


Deacon Larry Oney


Deacon Larry Oney, a permanent deacon for the Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans serves at Divine Mercy Parish in Kenner, Louisiana. Deacon Oney is the Chairman of HGI Global—a third party administration and project management firm. Despite obstacles encountered throughout his life, Deacon Oney has flourished. He infuses positivity and inspiration into his ministry. His strong faith and love for others have also helped steer his successful business career. We hope that you will find the same inspiration and encouragement in his story that has given comfort and counsel to thousands of people across the globe.



Associate Director, Willwoods Faith & Marriage


Dr. Mario Sacasa


I am a Catholic Christian husband and father, that’s my primary vocation and passion. I am happily married to my wife of 16 years, Kristin, and together we share the joy of parenting our four sons. For work, I have a private counseling practice in New Orleans, LA. I am also the Associate Director of Willwoods Faith and Marriage. At Willwoods, I offer lectures, retreats, contribute regularly to their blog, and host a bi-weekly podcast, Always Hope with Dr. Mario.



Pastor, Diocese of Baton Rouge


Fr. Josh Johnson


Throughout his teenage years, Fr. Joshua Johnson was aware of a deep ache in his heart for something more. He sought to fill the ache in every way that the world offered him happiness.


Who are our Panelist?

Panelist: High Shool Education


Mr. Chuck Roth


Chuck Roth, Executive Director of Boys Hope Girls Hope of Greater New Orleans, is defined by his unquenchable thirst to better the lives of others. Inspired by his parents who instilled in him that “all people matter,” he measures his own success by the success of the children he has helped raise over the course of his 16 years working with the organization. “I learned through my upbringing how to be a great parent-figure, even though I don’t have kids of my own. I am a product of a family with a strong faith background, great values, character, work ethic and resiliency.”



Panelist: Lower and Middle School Education


Dr. Angel Adams Parham


Angel Adams Parham is Associate Professor of Sociology at Loyola University-New Orleans. Her work engages the intersection of race, migration, identity, and national belonging. She has a particular interest in the way’s communities and cultures of the U.S. South and the Caribbean have been mutually constituted by transnational flows of people and ideas in the past and the present.

Panelist: University Education


Dr. Todd Amick


Todd’s professional experience includes nine years as an advisor with 20th Special forces Group (Airborne), the last 6 of which was as a Medical Sergeant on a combat dive team, including deployments to South America and the Middle East. During his undergraduate studies, he worked PRN as an EMT-Paramedic for East Jefferson General Hospital for four years. He taught at Archbishop Shaw HS for two years before accepting a position as a director for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, which he held for six years. Todd was the executive director of a New Orleans non-profit corporation and worked as a non-profit management consultant. He was an adjunct instructor at OLHCC for five years and has been a full-time faculty member at the University of Holy Cross since 2016, where he is also the Sue Ellen Canizaro Chair of Catholic Theology and the Coordinator for the Eradication of Systemic Poverty.

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Patricia M. Prechter

Professor of Nursing
Dean of the College of Nursing and Allied Health
Chair of the Department of Nursing

Patricia M. Prechter is a professor of nursing and is the Notre Dame Class of 56 I Endowed Professor at University of Holy Cross in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Prechter holds an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from University of New Orleans, a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama in Birmingham with a major in pediatrics (clinical-pediatrics and functional- clinical specialization) and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Mississippi.

Dr. Prechter joined the faculty at the University in 1982 as one of four nursing faculty who wrote the nursing curriculum. She has held several positions while at the University but was most recently named Dean of the College of Nursing and Allied Health and Chair of the Department of Nursing. She has over thirty-five years of nursing experience.

Dr. Prechter’s clinical experiences include working with the acutely ill pediatric populations. She began her nursing career on an acute pediatric unit. Her master’s thesis looked at The Effects of Planned Nursing Intervention on the Anxiety Level of Siblings of Children Diagnosed with Life-threatening Diseases and her dissertation research related to the Impact of Selected Variables on the Critical Thinking Skills of Baccalaureate Nursing Students.

Dr. Prechter served two terms on the Louisiana State Board of Nursing (2010-2018). She is the immediate past Chair of the Board for Baptist Community Ministries (BCM) and she is on the Board of Directors for CommCare. Dr. Prechter was a New Orleans CityBusiness 2017 Health Care Hero. She was nominated as one of New Orleans Citi Business 2006 Women of the Year. She has served as a Program Evaluator for the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing and she was commissioned as a member of the Louisiana Health Care Commission. She has been awarded the Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Foundation Endowed Professorship III and the Notre Dame Class of 56 Endowed Professorship II. She has been elected into Who's Who American Teachers several times and she was a Great One Hundred Nurse.

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Dr. Stanton F. McNeely III

19th president of the University of Holy Cross

Dr. McNeely, an undergraduate of the University of Holy Cross who earned a doctorate in Education from Northcentral University, succeeded Dr. David M. “Buck” Landry who retired earlier in 2019. In addition to his doctorate, McNeely earned an MBA from Loyola University. He is a New Orleans native and 1991 graduate of Jesuit High School.

President McNeely most recently led the Louisiana Association for Independent Colleges and Universities, which includes 10 member institutions across Louisiana. He has also held numerous positions at UHC including Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Director of Admissions, Director of Student Affairs, and Assistant to the Dean of Sciences. McNeely was also a business professor at the University of Holy Cross in the 2000s.

“I am deeply grateful to have been selected by the Board of Trustees to serve as the next president for the University of Holy Cross. I look forward to working with the entire UHC family as we move forward together in faith, spirit, and action to fulfill the missions of the Marianite sisters and the University of Holy Cross.” said Dr. McNeely.

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Donaldo R. Batiste, Ph.D.

Nancy O’Neill Endowed Professor of Executive Leadership
Professor of Education
Coordinator of Doctorate in Executive Leadership Program (DIELP)

Dr. Donaldo R. Batiste, a native of Terrebonne Parish, was graduated from Terrebonne High School (1972), in Houma, Louisiana. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (Magna Cum Laude) from Nicholls State University (1975), with a major in Speech, Language and Hearing Therapy, a five year curriculum which he completed in three years. He was later graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University (1979) in Hammond, Louisiana, where he earned a Master of Education in Educational Administration and Supervision. Concurrently with the Master’s degree, Dr. Batiste earned 36 graduate hours in Speech Pathology at the Louisiana State University Medical Center in the School of Allied Health Professions (1979). Subsequently, he earned the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Leadership at the University of New Orleans (1993), where he received the coveted recognition as the Outstanding Doctoral Student in 1994. Dr. Batiste’s professional experiences have spanned 41 years, and have taken him from the classroom to the principalship, to the central office, and ultimately to the Office of the Superintendent of Schools, a position that he held for 10 straight years before retiring from public education.

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Dr. Darryl Holliday

Associate Professor of Food Science
Chair of Biological and Physical Sciences

Dr. Holliday is a senior level food and beverage professional with expertise in culinary and food science product development, ingredient functionality, cost reduction, and business development/market presence. After completing his undergraduate education at the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholls State, Dr. Holliday continued his culinary training through internships with both an international multi-unit restaurant chain and an international ingredient application team. He then furthered his education at Louisiana State University where he completed a Master's of Science in Food Science with a focus in food engineering/flavor chemistry with a minor in business marketing. After working in the food industry for several years, Dr. Holliday returned to school to complete a PhD in Food Science with an emphasis in food processing/product development with areas of focus in Culinology, food chemistry, nutrition research, and organic chemistry.

His educational background as well as his product development experience with everything from start-up operations to multi-national companies uniquely positions him to support many clients. This background has allowed him to become a Certified Research Chef through the Research Chefs Association. His 15+ years in the food industry have included work in bakeries, fine dining establishments, multi-unit chain restaurants (both kitchen and management), specialty ingredient companies, and finished product manufacturers.

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Juyanne James, MA, MFA

Associate Professor of English

I am a Louisiana native. I grew up on a farm near Kentwood, Louisiana, in a family of eleven children. I joined the U.S. Navy at seventeen, traveled extensively, and eventually moved back to Louisiana—New Orleans, where I have lived since. I received a BA and a MA in English from the University of New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana, as well as a MFA in Writing from Spalding University, Louisville, Kentucky. Since I was a little girl, I knew I would be a writer. My short stories and essays have appeared in a number of journals; my collection of short stories, The Persimmon Trail and Other Stories (Chin Music Press), was published in 2015. A collection of essays, Table Scraps and Other Essays (Resource Publications), is forthcoming in spring 2020. My short story, “The Elderberries,” appeared in New Stories from the South 2009: The Year’s Best, and my essay “Table Scraps” was a notable essay in The Best American Essays 2014. I have taught English at University of Holy Cross since 2005.

“As you enter positions of trust and power, dream a little before you think”
—Toni Morrison

As a writer: Long before I answered Rilke’s question, “Must I write?” I knew the answer: my life would not be complete if I did not write, and write well. As Baldwin says, writers must say the things that no one else will, the things that need to be said. Writers remind us that we are human. One of the best compliments is when someone tells me one of my stories/essays really made them “feel something.” I want readers to lose themselves within the literary world that I create. As an African American writer, I am always aware of the need to portray African American characters who reflect society in a realistic way, but also who are not caricatures, stereotypes, or only negatively presented. Much of my work touches on the themes of human love and acceptance, redemption and forgiveness, and the power of religion and community to inspire and shape human life. As someone who teaches writing, I want my students to learn about storytelling; I want them to experience the literary elements in the best stories, real or imagined. I want them to portray not only reality but also magical realism, not only a myriad of characters but great characterization. Overall, I want them to note the quality of the writing. I want them to strive to become the best writers they can be, always.

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