Bioethics, Health Care, and Catholic Teaching
An Educational Formation Program for Health Care Professionals, Catechists, Educators, and Clergy
Welcome to our site
Today’s medical issues are complex, and so are the ethical decisions that envelop them. Greater education in the area of bioethics is essential for ensuring that the people of God receive ethically sound health care and to ensure that Church teachings are represented in the ongoing debates. “Every educated Catholic must be able to explain the Catholic position on key bioethical issues knowledgeably” (Dr. Edmund Pellegrino, Founder of the Center for Clinical Bioethics, Georgetown University).
What is Converging Roads?
Converging Roads provides education on bioethics, health care, and Catholic teaching. We offer conferences and a foundational seminar series that are specifically designed for health care professionals, catechists, educators, clergy, and other interested lay persons.
What are the benefits of participating in Converging Roads?
Doctors, nurses, medical students, and other health care workers will be better informed for making decisions in the many ethical situations they are faced with. They will be more able to dialogue with the culture and their professional setting from a bioethical standpoint. Health care professionals will also gain insights on developing a medical practice that honors God and the Catholic faith.
Clergy, religious, and lay persons who are active in ministry will more clearly respond to the complex ethical questions encountered in ministerial settings and will be able to respond with pastoral care.
School teachers and other educators who have an influential role in forming the consciences of our youth will be able to provide a solid education and example, based on ethical principles and Magisterial teaching.
All participants will benefit from greater awareness of resources, opportunities to dialogue with other Catholic professionals, and the inspiration to live a more authentically Catholic life. Furthermore, educational credits may be available for you.
Converging Roads Conference
March 23-24, 2012
San Antonio, Texas
The Fellowship of Catholic Scholars announces its upcoming Convention which will take place at the end of September. For details visit http://www.CatholicScholars.org or contact Amy Fontecchio at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our March 23-24 conference on “Human Dignity at the End of Life” is sold out! Unfortunately, we do not have room for any more participants. Please check our website or find us on Facebook to stay informed about future Converging Roads conferences.
“In 2010, Benedict XVI stated: ‘Without the foundational principle of
human dignity it would be difficult to find a source for the rights of
the person and impossible to arrive at an ethical judgment in the face of the conquests of science that intervene directly in human
life.’ As the Converging Roads seminars continue to form healthcare professionals in their work toward medical care that is truly healing,
my prayer is that we may all come to understand more deeply the fundamental importance of the dignity of every human person.”
- The Most Reverend Gustavo García-Siller, M.Sp.S., Archbishop of San Antonio
“End-of-life and beginning of life issues, as well as vital ethical questions surrounding medical care, are not simply 'Catholic' issues or matters of faith. They concern the most fundamental questions in any human civilization: Who gets to live and who does not—and who gets to decide this question? It is my hope that health care professionals, catechists, educators and clergy attending the Converging Roads seminars will be better prepared to promote with confidence and compassion a culture of life.”
-The Most Reverend José H. Gomez, S.T.D., Archbishop of Los Angeles