Oct. 1: What Really Happened to Jesus at the Passion?

The presentation “Another Doctor at Calvary: Myths and New Understandings Regarding Jesus’ Passion,” is set for Monday, October 1, at 7:00 p.m. in the McAllister Board Room on the fourth floor of the Ferrell Academic Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Thomas W. McGovern, a surgeon with Fort Wayne (Indiana) Dermatology Consultants, will bring decades of medical experience and a focus on “suffering” to his discussion of the Passion of Christ at Benedictine College. His talk focuses on such issues as:

  • Jesus’s sweat like blood
  • The truth of the scourging
  • What happened on the Way of the Cross
  • How crucifixion worked

McGovern is a specialist in Mohs surgery for skin cancer. Outside of his work at the medical practice, he serves on the national board of the Catholic Medical Association, chairs the annual CMA Leadership Training Meeting, and gives presentations at numerous events around the world. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles in medical literature and has authored chapters for a major dermatology text, Bolognia’s Dermatology (chapter on “Botanical Dermatology”) and The Textbook of Military Medicine (chapter on Plague).

After attending the Convocation of Catholic Leaders in July 2017, McGovern and two physician colleagues started the weekly Catholic Medical Radio Show & Podcast Doctor, Doctor (http://redeemerradio.com/Doctor/ ).  He serves as host while his colleagues take turns as co-host in a dynamic, magazine-style program with in-depth interviews with experts from around the country – providing trustworthy medical information. He has also written 14 discussion-based catechesis courses based on the writings of St. John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.

McGovern is a Knight Commander of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, serves on the Holy Cross College (Notre Dame, IN) Board of Trustees, and is an active member of the Fort Wayne Legatus chapter. He and his wife, Sally, have been married for 27 years and have seven children (ages 12-25).

Benedictine College

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas. The school is honored to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report, the best private college in Kansas by The Wall Street Journal, and one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide. It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging. Benedictine College is dedicated to transforming culture in America through its mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.