By Daniel Conway, Senior Vice President for Mission, Identity, and Planning
In February of this year, I was privileged to join Indianapolis
Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin and 50 others on a 12-day
pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The powerful history and religious
significance of the region were nearly overwhelming, but
Archbishop Tobin’s spiritual leadership, including his reflections
during daily Mass, provided expert guidance on the scriptural
meaning of the places we visited—from the mountains and lush
valleys to the desert and the incredible bodies of water that are
so important to the story of our Christian faith.
While on the trip, I discovered a surprising connection between
the Holy Land andMarian University when I met fellow pilgrimage
participants Daniel Rushing, MD, a professor at the Indiana
University School of Medicine, and his wife, Katie. Dr. Rushing
volunteers as a mentor for students at the Marian University
College of Osteopathic
Medicine (MU-COM). One of
the students who shadows
in his clinic is Amjed Zidan,
a first-year MU-COM student.
Amjed’s parents, both Purdue
University graduates, live in
Nazareth, Israel. Mr. Zidan
is an engineer and
Mrs. Zidan is a pharmacist.
The Rushings arranged to
meet Mr. and Mrs. Zidan
and two of Amjed’s younger
siblings while on this trip.
According to Dr. Rushing,
they were given a warm
welcome to the family’s home and made to feel like persons
of honor. Mr. Zidan told him that in Nazareth it takes three
generations to build a home. The first generation acquires the
land, the second generation builds the house, and the third
generation lives there. The Rushings were served a generous
meal (guests were served before the hosts ate), given presents
including a box of dates and some Islamic prayer beads, a lovely
cashmere scarf, crystals, and a pen, and were surrounded by
knitting Mrs. Zidan had personally done.
The Zidans hope to come to the United States soon to visit
Amjed. Paul Evans, DO, vice president and dean of MU-COM, said
that he is eager to welcome them to Marian University and show
them the new College of Osteopathic Medicine.