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Evening Lecture: Do People Always Grow Through Suffering?

Mark Slatter


Date: December 13, 2017, from 7 to 8 p.m.

Location: Guigues Hall, Room 1124

A recording of this presentation can be viewed here


“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” … “No pain, no gain”. Nice maxims, but are they true? On the other hand, can you think of one proverb that speaks to suffering’s disintegrative effects on us? This breach in our vocabulary is conspicuous. What are some of our premises about growth through suffering? Are they reasonable, do they expect too much from people, or do they need to adjust to the reality?   


Mark Slatter



Mark Slatter, a native of Nepean, is Associate Professor of Theological Ethics with the Faculty of Theology at Saint Paul University. He is a priest with the Archdiocese of Ottawa, and obtained his Ph.D. from the Gregorian University in Rome. For 15 years he worked with Ottawa’s homeless and those struggling with substance abuse. In addition to his recent book, Insights While Suffering, he has published on topics dealing with ethics and interiority. In his spare time he pursues his life-long passion for astronomy, film and outdoor sports. 

This lecture will be presented at Saint Paul University and by webcast simultaneously.


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