Parents of Marian University Medical Student Live and Work in the Holy Land

by Alexander Pierre | Apr 17, 2015
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.

Daniel Rushing

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.

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