Nina Marie Corona, M.A., C.R.S., will present a four-week workshop series on addiction at two Philadelphia-area parishes in January and February 2018.

The opioid addiction crisis continues to grip the Philadelphia area and the nation. Last year in Pennsylvania, more than 4,600 people died as a result of a drug overdose, and Philadelphia is projected to register 1,200 overdose deaths for this year.

Nina Marie Corona knows the heartache of addiction all too well. After her daughter became dependent on drugs, Corona sought to learn everything she could about addiction.

Now a certified recovery specialist and doctoral candidate in ministry at Fordham University, Corona will present an in-depth series on addiction at several area parishes in January and February 2018.

Read and listen to’s interview with Nina Marie Corona as part of its series, “The Opioid Epidemic: A Catholic Perspective.”

“We Thirst: Lessons in Mercy” is a four-part reflection on the addiction epidemic from a Christian perspective. Corona designed each session to focus on a particular aspect of addiction, including the biological, psychological, sociological and spiritual factors of the disease. The program is intended to both educate participants about the complex nature of addiction, while inspiring hope for recovery and spiritual transformation.

Sessions will be held at St. Bede the Venerable Church in Holland on Jan. 17, 24, and 31 and Feb. 7, and at St. Margaret Parish in Narberth on Feb. 21, Feb. 28, Mar. 14 and Mar. 21.

Corona’s presentations include a mix of lectures, reflection, music, videos and prayer. Attendance is open to all, and the sessions qualify continuing education credits for social workers and chaplains.

For more information, contact St. Bede Parish at 215-357-5720 or St. Margaret Parish at 610-664-3770. Additional information about the series can be found on Corona’s website at