Speaker Series

3rd Wednesday of the Month - 7 pm
Cathedral's Fleming Center


Dr. Wes Ely, MD

In this rich blend of science, medical history, profoundly humane patient stories, and personal reflection, Dr. Ely describes his mission to prevent patients from being inadvertently harmed by the technology that is keeping them alive. Readers will experience the world of critical care through the eyes of a physician who drastically changed his clinical practice to offer person-centered health care, and through cutting-edge research convinced others to do the same.  Dr. Ely shows in his book that this new way—adding humanity and personal touch to the benefits of technology — is a proven path toward reclaiming life.

Dr. Ely is President of the Nashville Catholic Medical Association Guild, Founder of the ICU Delirium and Cognitive Impairment Study Group at Vanderbilt Medical School, a critical care pulmonologist and a Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and supporter of University Catholic.


Solenne Santiago

We’ll view the Catholic film, “Faith Prevails: The Miracle of Bolsena,” which follows the journey of Fr. Peter of Prague, a priest doubtful of the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. When the Host begins to bleed during Mass, he must come to terms with his own disbelief while the witnesses of the miracle experience changes in their own faith.

Solenne Santiago, who produced the film in 2020 along with volunteers for her American Heritage Girls Stars & Stripes project, will be on hand to share behind-the-scenes insights of the 1800 service hours that went into the making of this film, in the hopes that it would allow more Catholics to come to believe in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.  Solenne is the sister of the current president of University Catholic at Vanderbilt, Arianna Santiago.


Christine Wohar

Christine Wohar’s FINDING FRASSATI: AND FOLLOWING HIS PATH TO HOLINESS gives an intimate glimpse into the life and spirituality of University Catholic’s patron saint, Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati.  A gifted story teller, Wohar introduces us to the Man of the Beatitudes and portrays him as an relatable, “normal” young man who’s faith was front and center of his active life of friendship, athletic pursuits, and college studies.  Prayers and concrete action steps are included to help make this saint’s habits and methods our own. 

Wohar is a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Law and dedicated her book to Fr. John Sims Baker, UCat’s founding chaplain, who first introduced her to the saint.  She left her law practice and role as college professor to serve as Executive Director of FrassatiUSA and is considered the world expert on the life and devotion of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati.