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SLU Hosts Catholic Health Care Conference


Converging Roads, a conference for health care professionals and students that focuses on Catholic medicine in a secular society, will be hosted at Saint Louis University on Saturday, Oct. 12.

An initiative of the St. John Paul II Foundation, Converging Roads is also presented by SLU, SSM Health, the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Mercy and Ascension. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at SLU’s Il Monastero, 3050 Olive Street.

Lectures touch on a variety of themes such as the distinctive nature of Catholic health care, the threat of secularism, assisted suicide and euthanasia, gender dysphoria, and sterilization and contraception when pregnancy presents serious risks.

Speakers include Elliott Bedford, Ph.D., director of ethics integration for Ascension St. Vincent; Thomas A. Cavanaugh, Ph.D., professor of philosophy at University of San Francisco; Richard Doerflinger, Vita Faculty Fellow at University of Notre Dame’s de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture; Paul Hruz, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine; Erica Laethen, Be. L., Ph.D. (cand), health care bioethicist; Natalie Rodden, M.D., palliative medicine physician at St. Anthony North Health Campus in Westminster, Colorado; and William L. Toffler, M.D., professor of family medicine at Oregon Health and Science University.  

Up to seven hours of CME/CNE credits for health care professionals and seven hours of CE for chaplains will be offered. The cost ranges from $69 to $149, based on CME or CNE credits.

The student scholarship rate is $15 and tickets include admission, breakfast, lunch and a wine and cheese networking reception.

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