The St. John Paul II Foundation, Archdiocese of Galveston Houston, University of Saint Thomas and Catholic Healthcare Professionals of Houston present

Human Dignity at the End of Life

a Converging Roads conference

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May 7, 2016


St. John Paul II Foundation
within the Chancery of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter
7730 Westview Dr. 
Houston, Texas 77055

General Admission $55
Reception & Hippocratic Oath Banquet $40
CMEs & CNEs $30


"Shepherding from Death into Life"
-Sr. Suzanne Gross, FSE

"Artificial Nutrition and Hydration, PVS and Dementia" -Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. 

"End of Life Issues at Life’s Beginnings" -Robin Pierucci, M.D., M.A.

“Medical Futility: Seeking Better Language for End of Life Care" -Grattan Brown, Ph.D. 

"Clinical Aspects of End of Life Care" 
-John Travaline, M.D.

"Advanced Directives, DNR and POLST" 
-Arland K. Nichols, Ph.D. (cand.)

"Care for Dying Patients & Responding to Requests for Assisted Suicide" 
-William L. Toffler, M.D.


Grattan Brown, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair
of Theology at Belmont Abbey
College in North Carolina


John Travaline, M.D.
Professor of Thoracic Medicine and
Surgery at the Lewis Katz School of
Medicine, Temple University in


Sr. Suzanne Gross, FSE
Administrator for Franciscan Home
Care and Hospice in Connecticut and the Program Coordinator of Pro-Life Ministry in the Archdiocese of Hartford

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Arland K. Nichols, Ph.D. (cand.)
President of the St. John Paul II
Foundation in Houston


 Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D.
Director of Education for the
National Catholic Bioethics Center
in Philadelphia


Robin Pierucci, M.D., M.A.
Neonatologist and Medical Director NICU, Bronson Children’s Hospital Kalamazoo, MI


William L. Toffler, M.D.
Professor of Family Medicine at
Oregon Health and Science


Continuing Education Available

Physician Credit
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) and the St. John Paul II Foundation. Christian Medical & Dental Associations is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Christian Medical & Dental Associations designates this educational activity for a maximum of 7 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits(s)™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurse Credit - This educational activity has been approved through the AAOHN Continuing Nursing Education Approver Unit for 7.0 contact hours and has been assigned the approval number 2-111-8. AAOHN is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.  

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Gathering & Breakfast/Coffee
Welcome and Introductions
“Medical Futility, Seeking a Better Language for End of Life Care"
    Grattan Brown, Ph.D.
"Clinical Aspects of End of Life Care"
    John Travaline, M.D.
 Break – Sacrament of Reconciliation Available
Resource Table Available
  "Advanced Directives, DNR and POLST"
    Arland K. Nichols, Ph.D. (CAND)
 Break– Resource Table Available
 "Shepherding from Death into Life"
     Sr. Suzanne Gross, FSE
 Break – Resource Table Available
 "Artificial Nutrition and Hydration, PVS and Dementia"
     Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D.

"End of Life Issues at Life’s Beginnings” Robin Pierucci, M.D., M.A.
Conference Wrap-Up
Reception: Hor d'euvres and Open Bar
Hippocratic Oath Banquet and Keynote Presentation
"The Hippocratic Oath, Caring for Dying Patients"
     William L. Toffler, M.D

7:30 AM
8:00 AM
8:10 AM

9:15 AM

10:15 AM

10:45 AM
11:45 AM
12:45 PM

1:45 PM
2:05 PM

3:05 PM
3:35 PM

4:40 PM  
5:40 PM
5:50 PM
6:20 PM

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