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National Association of Catholic Nurses - USA to host, with Villanova Nursing as event partner, the 2022 Quadrennial World Congress of Catholic Nurses

Audience watches global speakers on screen via zoom conferencing

March 9, 2020, Villanova, PA - The National Association of Catholic Nurses – USA (NACN-USA) has been selected to host the 2022 International Catholic Committee of Nurses and Medico-Social Assistants (CICIAMS) XXI World Congress. The World Congress will be held August 2-4 on the campus of Villanova University (Villanova, PA, USA), with the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing as an event partner, announced CICIAMS President Geraldine McSweeney at an agreement signing held today in Driscoll Hall, home of the College of Nursing.

“This global gathering of CICIAMS takes place every four years and rotates among member national organizations within CICIAMS’ four regional divisions: Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Pan Americas,” said McSweeney, based in Ireland, during the live event streamed around the world.  

‘’We are honored to be selected to host the World Congress. From the national perspective, this is a once in a generation, if not, lifetime event,” notes NACN-USA president Diana Ruzicka, “This Congress will bring nurses together from around the world and engage Catholic nursing schools, health systems and hospitals. We are pleased to participate in this global announcement with the Fitzpatrick College of Nursing and Villanova University. Through fundraising and marketing efforts, we hope to be able to offer scholarships so that nurses from under-resourced areas of the world may attend the conference.”  

“As we expand our global reach, the Fitzpatrick College of Nursing is thrilled to be an integral part of this international nursing event which ties to our rich heritage of Catholic Augustinian tradition and mission of holistic care for families and communities,” explains Donna S. Havens, PhD, RN, FAAN, Connelly Endowed Dean and Professor of the Fitzpatrick College of Nursing. “We look forward to celebrating and advancing the powerful and innovative care that nurses provide in countless diverse ways. It is extra special to have it announced during the worldwide celebration of the Year of the Nurse and Midwife.”

The College’s Continuing Education Program, led by Evelyn Lengetti, PhD, RN- BC, assistant dean and assistant professor, will facilitate campus conference logistics, planning and contact hours for nurses.

"Villanova Nurses and nurses worldwide are the heart and soul of health care,” said Villanova University President the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD. “We look forward to welcoming nurses and religious from around the world to our campus community, and to demonstrating how nurses are igniting change in communities around the globe.”

CICIAMS collaborates with the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life and the Secretariat of State. CICIAMS also maintains a relationship with the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, whose Prefect attends each of the CICIAMS World Congresses. The current Prefect is Peter Cardinal Turkson, based in Vatican City.


About CICIAMS: CICIAMS is a Private Association of the Faithful recognized by ecclesiastical authority, with a close working relationship with the Holy See through the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Assistance of Healthcare Workers which was combined with three other councils by His Holiness Pope Francis in 2017 into the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development (IHD), under the leadership of Peter Cardinal Turkson.

About NACN-USA: The National Association of Catholic Nurses-USA (NACN-USA), whose origins began in 1909 in Boston, Mass., is a membership organization for nurses who share the same Catholic values and principles. Our mission is to give nurses of different backgrounds, but with the same Roman Catholic values, the opportunity to promote moral principles within the Catholic context in nursing and stimulate desire for professional development. This approach to Roman Catholic doctrine focuses on educational programs, spiritual nourishment, patient advocacy, and integration of faith and health. As NACN-USA members continue to share faith and values with each other and with other healthcare providers, they also reach outward to the larger Church and their communities, as they offer support to those in need.

About Villanova Nursing:  The Villanova University M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing is a nationally recognized, premier nursing program, committed to its Augustinian Catholic values and the tireless pursuit of academic and clinical excellence in nursing and nursing education. Founded in 1953, the College is designated a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing. It is home to two centers – Global and Public Health, and the MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education, which provide students the opportunity to integrate knowledge with practical experience. The College is committed to a teacher-clinician scholar model, offering undergraduate, continuing education, graduate and doctoral programs that prepare students to assume positions as compassionate, productive, ethical, and socially responsible practitioners and leaders at the forefront of modern health care. Visit

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's six colleges—the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. Ranked among the nation’s top universities, Villanova supports its students’ intellectual growth and prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them. For more, visit