Fr. Michael Guadagnoli, pastor of St. Monica's Catholic Church, will provide for us our annual Advent Reflection. Each year we use this time to reflect on Advent in light of our vocation in the Healthcare field. The event will take place at St. Monica's Catholic Church on December 5 at 7 PM in the Family Life Center. Light dinner will be served. You do not need to RSVP.
The Annual White Mass for Healthcare Professionals will take place on October 28th at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Bishop Kelly will celebrate the Mass and a reception to follow in the Grand Salon. Fr Josh Whitfield will speak for us at the reception. All in healthcare are invited! Physicians, advance practitioners, nurses, students, therapists, business staff, social workers, etc. Please bring your white coat (hence the name "White Mass") to the celebration.
The Catholic Physicians Guild of Dallas and the Catholic Pro Life Committee of North Texas will be presenting a full day conference titled "Preparing for End of Life: Medical, Legal, and Ethical Challenges." Talks will include:
Care and Treatment Decisions for Compromised Patients and at the End of Life
Artificial Hydration and Nutrition and Spiritual Care for Patients / Caregivers
The Challenges of Assisted Suicide and How to Respond
Ethical Decisions in Neonatal Life
Texas Advanced Directives Act including a Perspective for the Catholic Client
The Challenges of Assisted Suicide and How to Respond
Palliative Care and Pain Management
We will be having nationally-renowned speakers such as Fr. Thad Pacholczyk, USCCB Pro-Life Secretariat Greg Schleppenbach, Ellen Dorn, Esq; Roy Heyne, MD; Catherine Nolan, PhD; and Sr. Suzanne Gross, FSE. Physicians, NPs, PAs can receive 7 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 credit. Attorneys can receive 3.5 hours of CLE. Licensed Counsellors can receive 7 hours of Continuing Education Credits for Licensed Professionals in Social Work Disciplines including LPC, LMFT, LCSW, LMSW, LSW, and Ph.D. of Psychology.
Please register on the Catholic Pro Life Committee of North Texas website here.
Arland Nichols, founding president of the St. John Paul II Foundation, will be discussing "A Crash Course in Bioethics" at 7 PM in the Family Life Center at St. Monica's Catholic Church. He is former Director of Education for Human Life International
Dr. Liz Heyne will discuss "The Science of Male/Female Gender" and the existing medical evidence in Transgender Medicine and its implications for Catholic Healthcare Professionals.
Dr. Catherine Nolan will discuss The Metaphysics of Gender. She will analyze from a philosophical perspective the various criteria/conditions that are currently being proposed to distinguish manhood from womanhood, including self-referential, sexual, and non-sexual criteria. She will discuss the limitations of most of these definitions and how one might best resolve the dilemma that transgenderism raises today. Dr. Nolan is a professor of philosophy at the University of Dallas. This is a 2-part series on transgenderism. The next meeting will discuss the American College of Pediatricians policy statement on transgender medicine.
Dr. William Stigall, Pediatric Cardiology at Medical City, will discuss "Medicine as Art: Why Good Medicine Requires Good Soul." Dr. Stigall graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, completed internship and residency in pediatrics at Children's Medical Center. He was Chief Resident of Pediatrics following residency. He then completed fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at UT-Southwestern/Children's Medical Center. He also completed a masters in philosophy and teaches at the University of Dallas. The talk will take place at 7 PM and dinner will be served.
Sister Maria Faulkner of the Trinity will present an Advent Reflection to us on December 6 at St. Monica's Parish in the Family Life Center. Sister Maria is a graduate from the University of Dallas, and also is a nurse who has a special ministry for the geriatric population. Dinner will be served (thanks to the Thompsons who will bring enchilada casserole and salad).
The Annual White Mass for Healthcare Professionals will take place on October 22 at the Cathedral Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe after the 5 PM Mass. All healthcare professionals are invited (this is not limited to physicians). Kids are free. Bishop Greg Kelly will celebrate the Mass and there will be a reception to follow at the Grand Salon of the Cathedral (next door). Deacon Michael Bolesta, MD will give a reflection on "Mercy in Medicine." The Mass is sponsored by the Catholic Foundation. Cost is $15 if RSVP via website/ $20 at door. Pictures of last year's Mass can be found on our facebook page.
Dr Elizabeth (Liz) Heyne will present FACTS (Fertility Awareness Collaborative to Teach the Science) and the most recent article on NFP apps as published by Dr Marguerite Duane. Liz has practiced at Children’s Medical Center for forty years (starting as its first physician assistant). In 1979 , she co-founded the Low Birth Weight Clinic with Dr Roy Heyne. Together they set up the LBW Development Center in 1994. Liz got her doctorate in clinical psychology in 2010 to meet the mental health needs of disadvantaged mothers and babies—with special training in a field known as Infant Mental Health. She is the psychologist-in-house for the maternity home run by the Missionaries of Charity. Her volunteer apostolate also includes the TeenStar program for eighth graders and the Christian sexuality class each semester at UD.
Peter Wickersham, J.D. will discuss "Which Is It? Conscientious Objection or Dishonorable Disobedience." The objective of the talk is to recognize potential conflicts between physicians’ right to conscientious objection and the health care system’s demands for legal compliance. Within the talk he will discuss current legal challenges to physicians’ right to conscientious objection and the potential course of future litigation, the current administration’s policy initiatives that could have an adverse effect on physicians’ right to conscientious objection, and interest group claims that are inconsistent with physicians’ right to conscientious objection.
The meeting will take place on June 7 at 7 PM at St. Monica's Family Life Center, room 109. Light dinner will be served.
The National Catholic Bioethics Center will have a two-day seminar discussing some of the most controversial topics in Catholic Bioethics. The seminar is part of NCBC's National Catholic Certification in Healthcare Ethics, but is open to all who are interested in attending. Topics will include the Ethical and Religious Directives, the ethics of stem cell research, complex questions of cooperation, sexual assault protocols, and determination of death among many other topics. The seminar will take place at the University of Dallas. For more information, click the NCBC website here.