Dean of nursing at Aquinas College receives honor

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Dominican Brother Ignatius Perkins, dean of nursing at Aquinas College in Nashville, has been chosen as the inaugural recipient of the St. Catherine of Siena endowed chair in Catholic health care ethics.

The Dominican Friars of the Priory of St. Catherine of Siena established the chair at the Pontifical Faculty of Theology of the Immaculate Conception in Washington.

"Selecting Brother Ignatius as the recipient of the chair is natural, deserved and an easy decision," said Dominican Father Jordan Kelly, director of the Dominican Friars Health Care Ministry of New York. "Brother Ignatius has distinguished himself in the service of the church, the Dominican order and the broader health care community through a lifetime of dedicated service by working and teaching to protect and defend human dignity and freedom of all persons."

The chair comes with a $1 million endowment, which will be used to ensure the pastoral formation and academic education at the Dominican Friars Health Care Ministry of New York.

Brother Ignatius will be responsible for delivering lectures and providing consultation in health care ethics at the Pontifical Faculty of Theology of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, the Dominican Friars Health Care Ministry of New York, Aquinas College Department of Nursing and the college's new Center for the Study of Human Dignity, Ethics and Caring in Health Care.

Brother Ignatius will also work with a group that will design a clinical pastoral education program to be a model for future health care education.

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