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Spiritual Life at the End of Life

Thursday, September 28

With a focus on participation and discussion among participants, members of the multi-discipline, intra faith panel will begin by reflecting on how their experience and faith traditions inform contemporary concerns and questions around the sacred passage from life to death. The evening is meant to have a contemplative character and tone that engages the best of our human capacity for dialogue and communal reflection.

Levi Gangi is Supervisor of Spiritual Care at Rochester General Hospital. He completed a CPE residency at Strong Hospital in 2012, graduated from Northeastern Seminary in 2013, and served as a hospice chaplain with UR Medicine Home Care from 2013-2017. Levi is an Army veteran and a musician. He and his wife Alinda live in Naples with their distinguished Doberman, Abby.


Rabbi Dr. Sandra Katz is a board-certified Jewish chaplain, Director of Chaplaincy at Jewish Senior Life of Rochester. Currently President-elect of Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains, she has served on the Board or Executive Board of NAJC since certification in 2001. Originally from Tulsa, OK, Rabbi Katz moved to Rochester, NY in January of 2007.


Theo Munson has worked at Lifetime Care/Hospice of Rochester as Manager of Bereavement Services for 23 years. More recently, she has become the “Community Bereavement Services Specialist” in order to coordinate presentations on Grief and Loss and also on Palliative Care and Hospice. Theo earned her Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Rochester in 1981. She is also a consultant to the Rochester City School District’s Grief Resource Network. Theo and her husband, Stephen, a Child Psychiatrist and Family Therapist, live in Honeoye Falls.


Donald F. Schwab is currently working as a private Pastoral Counseling practitioner with an office in Brighton. He also works as a consultant facilitating staff development retreats, team building sessions and strategies for negotiating organizational change. Schwab holds a D.M in Theology/Family Therapy and Ph.D. in Pastoral Psychology and has served as adjunct professor at both St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry and at Nazareth College in Religious Studies. His years in ministry include 10 years at Rochester General Hospital as Chaplain and Director of Pastoral Care.

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