Bioethics, Health Care, and Catholic Teaching
An Educational Formation Program for Health Care Professionals, Catechists, Educators, and Clergy
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Converging Roads conferences examine a particular theme related to bioethics, health care, and Catholic teaching. Presentations are given by professionals from around the country who have expertise on the conference topic. An effort is made to have presentations cover theological, ethical, clinical, and legal perspectives. A variety of continuing education credits are available to participants.
March 23-24, 2012
CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital-City Centre
Center for Children and Families, 5th floor auditorium
333 North Santa Rosa Street
San Antonio, TX 78207
Featuring: Archbishop García-Siller, STD; Janet Smith, PhD; Grattan Brown, STD; Joseph Capizzi, PhD; John Travaline, MD and more!
Friday, March 23, 2012
7:00-8:45am Check-in and onsite registration (light breakfast available, conference dining room)
7:45 Mass available, St. John’s Chapel, Celebrant: Fr. Jaime Robledo, Converging Roads Director of Theological Formation
8:45 Welcoming Remarks and Opening Prayer
9:00-10:00 “Human Dignity at the End of Life” - The Most Rev. Gustavo Garcia-Siller, Archbishop of San Antonio
10:00-11:00 “The Catholic Health Care Worker in an Era of Secular Medical Ethics” - Joseph Capizzi, PhD, Catholic University of America
11:20-12:20pm “Ordinary, Extraordinary, & Futile: What’s the Difference and What Difference does it Make?” - Grattan Brown, PhD, Belmont Abbey College
1:30-2:30 “Clinical Aspects of End-of-Life Care” - John Travaline, MD, Temple University School of Medicine
2:30-3:30 “Alleviating Suffering through Palliative Care, Pain Management and Hospice” - Sister Suzanne Gross, FSE, Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care
4:00-5:30 “Criteria for Death and Organ Donation” - Janet Smith, PhD, Sacred Heart Major Seminary
5:30 Primer for discussion on the HHS Mandate - Bill Mueller, MD, Converging Roads Medical Community Consultant
5:45 Social reception
6:15 Dinner, conference dining room
Saturday, March 24, 2012
7:30-8:30am Breakfast available, conference dining room
7:40 Holy Rosary (optional), St. John’s Chapel
7:30-8:30 Sacrament of Reconciliation available, St. John’s Chapel
8:40 Opening prayer, conference begins again
8:45-10:00 “Pediatric Issues at the End of Life” - Thomas Bender, MD, Saint Louis University
10:00-11:15 “Spiritual Care for the Patient & Practitioner” - Marie Romagnano, RN, Founder of Nurses for Divine Mercy
11:15-12:30pm Lunch, conference dining room
11:30-12:15 Sacrament of Reconciliation available, St. John’s Chapel
12:30-1:30 “Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide’s Corrosive Effect on Medicine” - Joseph Meaney, Director of International Coordination, HLI
1:55-3:10 "Countering the Push to Legalize Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia" - Denise Burke, JD, Vice President of Legal Affairs, Americans United for Life
3:10-4:10 “Shepherding from Death into Life” - Sr. Suzanne Gross, FSE, Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care
4:10-4:20 Closing remarks, final blessing
5:00 Mass for travelers, St. John’s Chapel - Celebrant: Fr. Shenan Boquet, President of Human Life International
*Times are subject to change.
$105 Regular Registration
$75 Clergy/Religious Order
Continuing Education Credit Fees:
$35 CME - Medical Credit
$25 CNE - Nursing Credit
$25 CEU - Continuing Education Units
$5 - Catechist Renewal Hours
CME’s This Live activity, Human Dignity at the End of Life, with a beginning date of March 23, 2012, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 11.50 Elective credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
AMA/AAFP Equivalency: AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed, not as Category 1.
CHRISTUS HomeCare - San Antonio is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission of Accreditation.
CHRISTUS HomeCare - San Antonio provides 11.5 contact hours for successful completion of this educational activity. Participants must attend both training days to receive the 11.5 contact hours.
CEU’s This activity has been approved for up to 11.50 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) by the University of the Incarnate Word.
Catechists This activity has been approved for up to 11.50 Catechetical Renewal Hours by the Archdiocese of San Antonio’s Catechetical Center. Contact Gloria (Gigi) Zapiain for approval and details prior to registering: (210) 734-2620.
Hotel Reservations for “Converging Roads” room blocks: March 22-25, 2012
We have reserved room blocks for discounted rates at two hotels in downtown San Antonio. The St. Anthony and La Quinta Inn are both within walking distance from CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital-City Centre, where the conference will be held (approximately 0.5 miles away). Neither hotel has a shuttle service to the airport, so you will need to purchase transportation separately. Below you will find information on the hotels and a shuttle service.
The St. Anthony – A Wyndham Historic Hotel
300 East Travis Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
“Converging Roads Program” room block rate: $94.50 + taxes (breakfast not included)
$19 overnight parking fee
Reservations must be made by February 22, 2012
La Quinta Inn & Suites
San Antonio, TX 78207
“Converging Roads” room block rate: $94.50 + taxes (breakfast included)
Reservations must be made by February 28, 2012
GO Airport Shuttle:
GO Airport Shuttle is San Antonio International Airport’s authorized and single shared-ride shuttle service. Shuttles depart from 7 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. daily to downtown hotels every 15 minutes. Passengers may purchase tickets at the airport’s baggage claim area or in advance. Ticket rates are $18.00 per person to downtown hotels or $32.00 for a roundtrip ticket. For more information, visit http://www.saairportshuttle.com/ShuttlePricesPage.html or call 210-281-9900.
Foundational Seminar Series
The Converging Roads Foundational Seminar Series consists of four seminars. They are comprehensive, educational, and pastoral in nature, in order to meet the needs of each participant. The seminars are methodically structured, first providing participants with a foundation in ethical principles and then applying these principles to topics of human sexuality, implications for human procreation, beginning of life issues, medical interventions across the lifespan, end of life issues, and social concerns. The program also takes a thorough look at bioethics in Magisterial documents.
The program objectives for the Foundational Seminar Series are the following:
- Provide a strong foundation in philosophical ethics, bioethics, and moral theology
- Provide a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of the biomedical issues that are relevant in today’s society and how technological and medical advances present unique and oftentimes complex ethical challenges
- Equip medical professionals to dialogue with the culture and their professional setting from a bioethical standpoint, recognizing the intrinsic dignity of the human person
- Equip clergy and other ministers to assist and educate the laity in making moral health care decisions by informing their conscience with sound ethical principles and Magisterial teaching
Who teaches these seminars?
The core education is taught by qualified instructors on the Converging Roads faculty and each seminar also features aDistinguished Speaker. Distinguished Speakers are professionals who have exceptional experience and expertise in integrating bioethics, health care, and Catholic teachings in their professional setting.