Episode 72

Bo Bonner


July 19th, 2022

47 mins 10 secs

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About this Episode

Bo Bonner, senior advisor of mission initiatives and director of the Center for Human Flourishing at Mercy College of Health Sciences in Des Moines, joins us to chat about his journey to the Catholic faith, how St. John Henry Newman has hounded him throughout his career, and much more.

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  • Bo's Homepage — Bo Bonner has been involved in the Catholic teaching ministry (primarily Philosophy and Theology) since he converted in the midst of Protestant Seminary at Duke Divinity school in 2006. He is also a Benedictine Oblate at Our Lady of Clear Creek Monastery in Oklahoma. He has been married for over a decade to his wife Robyn, and so far has four children: Elias, Stella, Antonia, and Finnian. Bo was born on the feast of St. Blaise, the patron of throats, and has not stopped talking ever since.
  • Center for Human Flourishing — The Center for Human Flourishing aims to advance human flourishing through the study, pursuit, and production of practical wisdom in order to achieve sensible, real-world outcomes which promote the dignity, integrity, self-determination, and personal growth for the individuals and communities we serve.
  • In the Shadow of Success: COVID, Newman, & the Dignity of Patients & Learners in Medical Ed - Fall Conference 2021 — A panel featuring Bo Bonner (Mercy College), Kristin Collier (University of Michigan), and Brett Robinson (University of Notre Dame). From the 2021 Notre Dame Fall Conference, "I Have Called You By Name: Human Dignity in a Secular World". Session chair: Jose Bufill (Bur Oak Foundation).
  • Bound in Friendship - Fall Conference 2019 — Speakers: “Literature, Our Virtuous Friend: How Aristotle's Ethics and Poetics Inform Good Reading” by Bo Bonner (Mercy College of Health Sciences) “Virtue Friendship in the Catholic Literary Imagination” by Dorian Speed (Independent Scholar) “Friendship in the Literature of Addiction” by Eve Tushnet (Freelancer) Session Chair: Leigh Snead
  • Theme song: "I Dunno" by Grapes — I dunno by grapes (c) copyright 2008 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. Ft: J Lang, Morusque