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Paulist Center

3015 Fourth St. Ne

Washington Dc, District of Columbia 20017

United States

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The Paulist Center community emphatically offers support, encouragement and respect for the women religious and various congregations of the LCWR for leading in faith by example, sacrifice and service. The history of love and service by women religious in ... more

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President, Board of Directors, Teacher

John XXIII University Parish


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East Tennessee Technology Access Center , Inc.


Doctor of Education degree

University of Tennessee

advanced degree


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Dr. Ruth Queen Smith

Dr. Ruth Queen Smith
This Pentecost Sunday, May 15, 2016, St. John XXIII University Parish at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville will celebrate Dr. Ruth Queen Smith, who is retiring after 25 years of ministry.
A native of Nashville, TN, Dr. Smith earned her doctorate in education (specifically in adult learning) in 2007 from UT-Knoxville. Prior to that, she worked as a photojournalist.
For many years, she was a speaker at gatherings on faith-based topics. (Click here to hear Dr. Smith give a talk on the prayer method "lectio divina.")
Paulist Fr. Eric Andrews, president of the Paulist Fathers, worked alongside of Dr. Smith for many years, both as a seminarian and as director of then-Blessed John XXIII University Parish. His video tribute to her:
Paulist Fr. Rich Andre, associate pastor of St. John XXIII, has penned these words about Dr. Smith in his homily for this Sunday:
" ... In 1961, at the age of 8, the Holy Spirit called Ruth Queen Smith to be an evangelist. Seriously. The Spirit said to her, 'You will be an evangelist.' What's remarkable is that Ruth didn't learn what the word 'evangelist' meant until a year later, when her mother witnessed her talking with a guest at their house about the gospel. But it wasn't always easy for Ruth to be an evangelist. As an adult, she offered to lead a Bible study at her parish in Nashville. She came to the church one evening a week for years, ready to lead a Bible study … but no one came for the first 18 months. That's hard to believe, for a woman who until recently led at least eight dynamic Bible studies a week, at at least three different parishes, often to huge groups. For countless people over the decades, she has breathed the Spirit into the Bible!
"Ruth has also challenged us that we have the gifts to be evangelists, too. All you have to be able to do, she says, is to tell your story. You are the expert on your story. When you tell people about your life, no one is ever going to say that you're telling it wrong!
"Like everyone, Ruth's journey has taken many twists and turns along the way. As she began to lose her sight and faced the reality of several other medical conditions, I can imagine that most other people - even people of great faith - would be overcome by despair. But Ruth found ways forward.
And that was the beginning of a 25-year love affair between Ruth Queen Smith and the Catholic community of East Tennessee.
"There are many gifts from the one same Spirit. Ruth is just one small part of the Body of Christ, but she has blessed so many people in so many different ways. I don't think it is that the Spirit has given her more gifts than others. I think she has simply been willing to make the maximum use of the gifts she's been given!
"This may be very egotistical of me, but of all the people who have been by blessed by Ruth, I think I am among the luckiest. Almost every time Ruth has crossed the minefield of papers on my office floor to sit and talk with me, tears have welled up in my eyes. As a woman devoted to the spirituality of Isaac Hecker and the Paulist Fathers, Ruth has prayed for me every day for decades, even before the Holy Spirit invited me to consider being a Paulist priest. I am so honored that she traveled to New York to proclaim the first reading at my priesthood ordination. That passage was Isaiah declaring, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me." I have taken six classes on Scripture and three classes on preaching, but the person who has most helped the Scriptures come alive for me is Dr. Ruth Queen Smith. The woman who is blind has done the most to help me see! ... "
Paulist Fr. Mike Kallock, Dr. Ruth Queen Smith and Paulist Fr. Eric Andrews
Paulist Fr. Mike Kallock, Dr. Ruth Queen Smith and then-seminarian Eric Andrews, C.S.P.
Dr. Ruth Queen Smith with Paulist Fr. Eric Andrews
Dr. Ruth Queen Smith with Paulist Fr. Eric Andrews

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, One Associate's Ministry: Ruth Queen Smith

East Tennessee's Favorite Paulist Missionary, Ruth Queen Smith, is having her Doctor of Education degree conferred on her this afternoon at the University of Tennessee. Praise be to God!
Ruth Queen Smith cuts the congratulatory cake after receiving her doctorate
Ruth started pursuing an advanced degree in 1991, the same summer I was doing CPE here! Ruth, a Paulist Associate, is our Adult Education Director here at John XXIII. She is an amazing testament to the power of God working through the ups and downs of life. Through the challenges of the Grad process, the death of her parents, and her many health crisis, especially the loss of her eyesight, she has stayed faithful and joyful! She is a dynamic speaker and is asked to give retreats and talks around the region, always proudly stating she is a Paulist Associate and Missionary. We are very proud of all she has and will accomplish with the help of the Holy Spirit!
In the bulletin this coming weekend she wrote:
Join me in giving thanks to God for the presence of Dr. Ruth Queen Smith in our Paulist Family!!

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Dr. Ruth Queen Smith Pastoral Associate, ext. 5

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Dr. Ruth Queen Smith, Consultant, Teacher John XXIII UT Campus

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Dr. Ruth Smith, Consultant, Teacher, John XXIII, UT Campus

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