Converging Roads conference explores ethics of medical care

April 23, 2019

J.D. Flynn, editor of Catholic News Agency, speaks during the Converging Roads conference March 30 in Houston. Photo courtesy of St. John Paul II Foundation.

HOUSTON — The St. John Paul II Foundation, in collaboration with the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and Catholic Healthcare Professionals of Houston, presented the fourth-annual Converging Roads health care ethics conference on Saturday, March 30.

The conference, which focused on Dignity and Disability in Medicine, was attended by 150 local medical professionals, students and lay persons.
Held at the Our Lady of Walsingham campus, the wide range of topics included medical and pastoral care of adults with diminished capacity, accompanying the disabled in utero, genetic engineering and the impact of disabilities have on determining whether care is morally obligatory or optional.

“This year, over 40 medical and nursing students attended the conference as we explored the crucial and timely topic of Dignity and Disability in Medicine,” Dr. Carla Falco, president of Catholic Healthcare Professionals of Houston, said. “It is inspiring to see our future medical providers establish connections with and learn from seasoned and successful Catholic medical professionals who prioritize bringing their faith and ethics to patient care.”

Speakers included Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D., director of Education at the National Catholic Bioethics Center; Dr. Robin L. Pierucci, neonatologist and medical director; David A. Prentice, Ph.D., vice president and research director at the Charlotte Lozier Institute.

Julie Fristch, director of the Archdiocesan Office of Pro-Life Services, said that “a solid, Catholic view of bioethics is increasingly a catechetical priority in the Church.”

“The Archdiocese is glad to work with the St. John Paul II Foundation and the Catholic Heathcare Professionals of Houston and is grateful for their assistance in bringing the Church’s mission to the healthcare community,” she said.

Arland K. Nichols, president of the St. John Paul II Foundation, said he is excited to see how the conference has grown in four years.
“We recognize the value of a well-formed Catholic medical community, and it is a joy and a privilege to serve them in this way alongside our partners at the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and Catholic Healthcare Professionals of Houston,” he said.

The St. John Paul II Foundation also works closely with the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston to present Together in Holiness, a marriage enrichment conference series set for Sept. 28.

 

To learn more about the St. John Paul II Foundation’s work in Houston and across the country, visit forlifeandfamily.org