The Diocese of Wichita defines stewardship as “the grateful response of a Christian disciple who recognizes and receives God’s gift and shares these gifts in love of God and neighbor.” When you look at this picture you see many different symbols for gifts that we each have received from God. You can see the time glass which represents our time, a rosary which represents our prayers, a book, and pen which represents our gift of intellect. My personal favorite is the art that the young child has made represented in the flowers. It is simple but yet a powerful gift for a child. It reminds me of the drawings that my nieces and nephews will give me. I am sure all of you parents remember hanging similar pictures on their refrigerator.
Saint John Paul the second states that “a gift is not a gift until you give it away.” We may think that sounds like an “Indian giver” but there is a deep theology behind it. God has bestowed upon each of us a set of unique gifts, and we are called to share them with others. Treasures are an important piece of this gift, but just like with all things, money is not everything. Your expertise that you bring to skilled based volunteerism, whether on a board or in-kind donations are just as important. The time you spend with the poor and vulnerable in volunteering at the soup kitchens such as the Lord’s Dinner, or outreach projects such as the Medical Mission at Home are equally important.
I ask you to reflect on the gifts God has given you and how you are using them for the greater glory of His kingdom.
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Hello world, my name is Paul Wagle. I am a philosopher who creates, cultivates and communicates ideas that inspire change.
But I have not always been in this field. I am actually a pharmaceutical chemist by trade. That career track led me to do research for a couple pharmaceutical companies including Genentech and present my research at a National Chemistry Convention. However, my research was interrupted when I answered a call to discern my vocation in seminary.
I now work as a Manager of Mission Integration for Ascension-Via Christi in Wichita, Kansas. In this new role, I work to keep the Catholic identity at the heart of the healthcare culture by enhancing workplace spirituality and forming leaders and associates in organizational and clinical ethics.
This work seems to be the polar opposite of my training as a researcher, but the ability to act experimentally will critical for my success in this position. There is never a clear solution for an important challenge in our culture. We must be willing to fail in order to learn and create progress.
When I was looking for a new antibiotic for antibiotic-resistant bacteria, I could not be upset when an experiment failed. I learned from my failure and adjusted my next attempt to solve the problem. This same mentality will be critical to making progress to create an authentic Catholic culture in healthcare.
In this blog, I will be sharing some of the experiments and reflections. It is my hope that you find them helpful and engaging. I hope that this will be a dialogue, so please comment as you wish.
Paul Wagle, M.A.
Paul’s extensive background is comprised of a triple-major in Biochemistry, Chemistry, and Philosophy, presenting his pharmaceutical chemistry research finding for Genentech at a national chemistry conference, and receiving a Master of Arts in Philosophy. This diverse background has molded him into a dynamic individual in the professional business world. Paul’s scientific experience gave him the analytical ability to discover and maximize key performance indicators (KPIs) that keep your business moving forward. By studying the world’s greatest philosophical ideas, he developed the creative thought process to understand, develop, and communicate ideas that solve your business’s most complex problems.
As a Manager of Mission Integration, he incorporates Ascension’s mission, values, and philosophies into the operations, policies, and goals of the local health ministry. In addition to this role, he also serves as an adviser on a healthcare board, and an associate scholar for a policy advocacy group in D.C. Driven by challenges to strategically optimize performance and creating a mission oriented culture, he aspires to be a CEO of a healthcare-related organization.
Founded in 2011, and named for Dr. Charlotte Denman Lozier (1844–1870), an early feminist and contemporary of Susan B. Anthony and a model and inspiration for medicine, science, and research devoted to the cause of life, Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) brings together physicians, sociologists, statisticians, and policy researchers to do both original and interpretative research on a wide range of life issues.
The Charlotte Lozier Institute is committed to bringing the power of science, medicine, and research to bear in life-related policymaking, media, and debates to promote a culture and polity of life.
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PIVOT is a new initiative of the University of Kansas Cancer Center to infuse greater patient engagement into all aspects of the Center. PIVOT stands for Patient and Investigator Voices Organizing Together because the ultimate goal is to encourage patients and investigators to “learn and link” together to conduct research that better meets patients’ needs and improves their ability to feel well, function and survive.
In July 2013, the Midwest Stem Cell Therapy Center (MSCTC) was created by Kansas Legislature with the mission to facilitate existing research and therapy on a global level, as well as to establish a frontier for other research and therapies for patients suffering from diseases.
Funded initially through State appropriation, the Center also operates off the generosity of donors through the University of Kansas Endowment Association. The 15-member advisory board is composed of members appointed by the governer, the House, Senate, Board of Regents and several other stakeholder entities.
Adult stem cell treatments have been used clinically to successfully treat leukemia and related bone/blood cancers using bone marrow transplantation. KU Medical Center has been involved in research using the solid part of the umbilical cord (Wharton’s jelly).
Besides KU Medical Center, other institutions around the state have also initiated adult stem cell research projects. However, before the MSCTC, there was no systematic mechanism for Kansans to receive adult stem cell therapy (other than bone marrow transplants for a few conditions) in the state or in the region, nor was there a coordinated center to translate basic stem cell research findings into clinical applications. The MSCTC is also working to educate the public, as well as medical professionals about adult stem cell therapeutic options, currently available or in development, that could benefit patients in need.