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Join our presenter Christina Gomez, MD and chaplains, The Very Rev. Miguelina Howell and The Rev. Dr. David K. McIntosh for a weekend retreat focused around healing and listening, small groups, reflections, meals and social time.  

Meet the Presenters



Dr. Cristina Gomez is the author of Stopped in My Tracks: A Physician’s Collection of Cancer Patients’ Quotes, a collection of stories about life-threatening diagnoses, and impossible choices, offering first-hand accounts from patients coping with life, death and cancer treatments. Christina Gomez, MD, a gastrointestinal medical oncologist, welcomes you into her exam room: the intimate place of encounter between patient and physician. In Stopped in My Tracks, she shares fifteen years of collected quotes from patients in the trenches of their cancer care. Their words are the art of medicine embodied. Far from a litany of symptoms, these patients’ words evoke the full spectrum of experience and emotion. Dr. Gomez sensitively captures her patients’ voices in this poignant collection, which makes a perfect gift for anyone in your life touched by cancer. Pull up a chair and prepare to be stopped in your tracks. Christina Gomez, MD, is a gastrointestinal medical oncologist at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center. She studied medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and served as Assistant Professor at Yale University School of Medicine, Smilow Cancer Center. She was born in Miami, Florida, to Cuban parents and lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with her young son, Danny.



David is an accomplished preacher and teacher. He was born and raised in Miami, Florida by a Roman Catholic mother and Presbyterian father. He became active in the Roman Catholic Church throughout High School and College, even exploring the ordained ministry through various venues. After graduating with a BS in Zoology (focusing on Animal Behavior and Immunology) from Duke University, he entered Medical School at the University of Miami, and received speciality training in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. He remained on faculty there for several years (teaching Physiology, Medical Ethics, and General Medicine for Acute & Chronic care of Adult and Pediatric patients). He also served as co-director of the combined Medicine/ Pediatrics Residency Program at the University of Miami School of Medicine. After graduation from medical residency, while he was exploring his call to priesthood and possibly monastic life, he met and fell in love with his husband Dan, an Episcopalian. They lived for several years in Miami Beach, where David became active in, and eventually a guide for, the Prayer and Life Workshops (developed by I. Larranaga, a Capuchin Monk). After they moved to Connecticut, Dan convinced him of the wisdom of the Episcopal Church and David became an Episcopalian. In Connecticut, he rediscovered God's love and a renewed call to priesthood. He attended the General Theological Seminary in New York City, where he received his Masters of Divinity with special interests in Spirituality and Theodicy. David continues to practice Pediatrics and Adult Internal Medicine in the Northwest Hills of CT with Nuvance Health. He teaches medical students and seminary students through various venues. He is active in regional community programs and has served on non-profit boards and Diocesan committees. He has served as priest for several parishes in NW Connecticut, and continues to serve as a 'supply priest' in various Episcopal and Lutheran parishes throughout the state. He had led several retreats in the area of Spirituality of Medicine and the Theologies of Suffering. His interests include theology, liturgics, ethics, and spirituality, as well theological hiking and liturgical camping. He loves spending time outdoors with Dan and their wild Norwegian Forest Cat, Esther.

Miguelina Howell serves as the 10th Dean and was Vicar of the Cathedral. She is a Chaplain to the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church.She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Seminary of the Southwest and a member of the Governing Board of Directors of Hartford Stage in Connecticut. Miguelina serves as member of the Constituting Group for the Episcopal Coalition for Racial Equity and Justice.  Miguelina leads spiritual retreats and serves as guest speaker and clergy mentor consultant across our denomination. Miguelina served on the Pension Group’s Client’s Council. Miguelina has also served as a member of the Presiding Bishop’s Staff, as a member of the Council of Advice of the President of the House of Deputies, and as a member of Executive Council. She served for over a decade as member of the Episcopal Church Latino/Hispanic Ministries Missioner's Council of the Advice. Miguelina served as member of the Task Force for Re-imagining the Episcopal Church. She served as the seventh Rector of the Church of the Epiphany, Diocese of Newark.  Miguelina is originally from the Dominican Republic where she holds a license in clinical psychology. After licensing as a clinical psychologist, she earned a theological degree from the Centro de Estudios Teológicos and was ordained a priest in 2003. She served in the Episcopal Diocese of the Dominican Republic as priest-in-charge of three congregations, Executive Director & Administrator of the Diocesan Camp & Conference Center, and coordinator of Young Adult Ministries. Miguelina is passionate about social and racial justice as well as the intersection of spirituality and the arts. She finds joy in crafting liturgies that bring people closer to God, self, and others. Miguelina is married to Daniel M. Howell. Miguelina and Daniel are the parents of three handsome and intelligent children, Dominic, Darius, and Dorian.

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