Contemporary Catholic Healthcare Ethics Conference

Pope Francis has captured the attention of the world by recommitting the Church to its mission to the poor and marginalized. This has opened a new dialogue on our priorities and challenges in Catholic healthcare. This conference will focus on the meaning of the Holy Father's message for our day-to-day work.

Our annual Contemporary Catholic Healthcare Ethics Conference offers a unique and collegial venue for healthcare providers to gain practical and theoretical resources for improving the delivery of Catholic healthcare in our contemporary and varied settings.  We invite you to join in the conversation: Chaplains, Mission Leadership, Executive Leadership, Physicians, Nurses, Social Workers, Ethics Committee Members, and Sponsors.


  • Identify key concepts such as subsidiarity, collegiality, evangelization, mercy, and social justice that have taken on a new centrality in the pastoral ministry of the Church as articulated and administered by Pope Francis.
  • Analyze the implications of these central concepts for the Catholic healthcare ministry in the United States.
  • Apply these concepts to ethical challenges confronting Catholic healthcare in the board room, at the bedside, and in the clinic.

Conference Location: Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Division, Stritch School of Medicine
2160 S. First Avenue, Maywood, IL 60153

Sponsored by: Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Division, The Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA) and the Illinois Catholic Health Association (ILCHA)


Presentation (.pdf) and Video files are linked below.

Thursday, October 9, 2014: CONTEXT and THEOLOGY

Pope Francis and the Church as Field Hospital (video link | presentation link)
Mark Bosco, SJ, PhD
Associate Professor of English and Theology, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL

Ecclesiology in the Age of Francis (presentation link)
Sr. Doris Gottemoeller, RSM, PhD
Vice Chair, Catholic Healthcare Partners, Cincinnati, OH

Pope Francis' "Culture of Encounter" as a Model for the Transformed Delivery of Catholic Health Care (presentation link)
Erica Laethem, BeL, PhD Candidate
Director, Clinical Ethics at Presence Health, Chicago, IL

"A Throw-Away Culture": Speaking About Abortion in the Era of Pope Francis
Charles Camosy, PhD
Assistant Professor of Theology, Fordham University, New York, NY

Pope Francis and the Reshaping of Catholic Health Care in the US (presentation link)
Michael Panicola, PhD
Senior VP, Mission, Legal & Government Affairs, SSM Health Care, St. Louis, MO
Rachelle Barina, PhD(c)
System Manager- Ethics, SSM Health Care, St. Louis, MO

A Catholic Theology of Employment-at-Will: Examining the Recent Papal Tradition (presentation link)
Mark Repenshek, PhD
Senior Director Ethics Integration and Education, Ascension Health, Milwaukee, WI

The New Evangelization  (Video links: Part 1  | Part 2)
Susan Ross, PhD
Professor of Theology, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL

Friday, October 10, 2014: APPLICATIONS

The Moral Imperative to Population Health (presentation link)
Patrick McCruden, D.Bioethics, MTS
Vice President and Chief Mission Officer, St. Vincent Health System, Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), Little Rock, AR

Catholic Case for Public Health (presentation link)
Michael Rozier, SJ
Boston College, Boston, MA

Pope Francis and the Need for a Compassionate Approach to Immigration in the US (Video links: Part 1  |  Part 2  |  presentation link)
Kevin Appleby, JD
Director of Migration Policy and Public Affairs, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

Commentary- Immigration and a Catholic Medical School
Linda Brubaker, MD, MS

Dean and Chief Diversity Officer, Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago, Maywood, IL

Commentary- Immigration and a Catholic Health System
Trisha Cassidy, MBA

Sr. Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer, Alexian Brothers Health System, Schaumburg, IL

Healthy People, Healthy Planet: Catholic Health Care and Pope Francis (presentation link)
Daniel R. DiLeo, MTS
Flatley Fellow and PhD Candidate, Theological Ethics, Boston College, Boston, MA


Moving Forward: Pope Francis and the Changing Face of the American Church (web link to presentation)
Miguel Diaz, PhD
John Courtney Murray, SJ, University Chair in Public Service & Professor of Theology, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL
Former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See

Mark Kuczewski, PhD
Conference Chair
Director, Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics, Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Division, Maywood, IL

To meet the needs of those working in
Catholic health systems, we offer graduate programs
with a concentration in Catholic Healthcare Ethics. 
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