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Maggie Ciskanik, M.S.

Armed with a B.A. in Philosophy and a minor in science, Ciskanik landed in a graduate nursing program. With the support of her enthusiastic husband, an interesting career unfolded while the family grew: a seven year stint mostly as a neurology nurse, 15 years as a homeschooling mom of six, and a six year sojourn as curriculum developer and HS science teacher (which included teaching students with cognitive differences). These experiences added fuel to her lifelong interest in all things related to God’s creation and the flourishing of the human spirit—which has found a new home on the Magis blog.

Blog Post by Maggie Ciskanik, M.S.

Maggie Ciskanik, M.S.February 8, 20233 min read

4 Powerful Prayers for Catechists and Teachers

These 4 prayers for catechists and teachers are a reminder and an encouragement to start your class off with prayer.
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Maggie Ciskanik, M.S.March 22, 20223 min read

The Discipline of Lent: Peter Tse on Freedom and Mastery

A look at Dr. Peter Tse's thoughts about 'freedom within constraints' vs 'freedom from constraint' and how to apply it to the Lenten season.
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Maggie Ciskanik, M.S.August 9, 20219 min read

The Ongoing Hunt for Dark Matter: A Conversation with Dr. Paolo Beltrame

Italian physicist, Dr. Paolo Beltrame spent 15 years on the hunt for dark matter, and this hunt led him to God.
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Maggie Ciskanik, M.S.May 21, 20217 min read

The Life of James Clerk Maxwell

James Clerk Maxwell is considered the father of modern physics. Here we will present his contributions and influence within the timeline of his life.
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Maggie Ciskanik, M.S.May 12, 20213 min read

Fr. George Coyne, SJ: Astrophysicist, Priest, and Former Director of the Vatican Observatory

Fr. George Coyne, SJ, passed away February 14, 2020. As an astrophysicist, priest, and former director of the Vatican Observatory, he was a remarkable man.
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Maggie Ciskanik, M.S.April 30, 20219 min read

How These Scientists’ Belief in God Helped Them Understand Nature

Here we highlight just a few of the many scientists whose belief in God helped them understand nature and gave them confidence to pursue scientific truth.
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Maggie Ciskanik, M.S.April 25, 20213 min read

Fr. Angelo Secchi: Priest and the Father of Astrophysics

Fr. Angelo Secchi, SJ a pioneer in the field of astrophysics. He wrote that 'even scientific intelligence is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.'
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Maggie Ciskanik, M.S.April 20, 20218 min read

Nikolas Steno: Father of Modern Geology

Blessed Nikolas Steno was not only the father of modern geology, but also a faithful Catholic. His love of science only enhanced his belief in God.
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Maggie Ciskanik, M.S.February 26, 20214 min read

Fingerprints: From Crime Scenes to Fighting Disease

Fingerprints are often used to solve crimes, but DNA sequencing (from the Human Genome Project) provides other promising benefits: fighting diseases.
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Maggie Ciskanik, M.S.February 12, 202111 min read

Fr. Georges Lemaitre, 'Father' of the Big Bang Theory

There is a great deal of misunderstanding of the Big Bang theory. Many don't know about Fr. George Lemaitre and the state of cosmology at the time.
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Maggie Ciskanik, M.S.January 25, 20216 min read

Dr. Jerome Lejeune: Holiness and the Genetics of Disease

On January 21, 2021, the Vatican announced that Dr. Jerome Lejeune’s cause for canonization has moved forward, declaring him venerable.
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Maggie Ciskanik, M.S.January 12, 20215 min read

Atheism and Religion: Stephen Hawking and the Pontifical Academy of Sciences

In 1968, Pope Paul VI appointed Stephen Hawking, a brilliant theoretical physicist, and atheist to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.
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