NCBC Two-day Seminars:

Catholic Healthcare Ethics: A Tradition of Compassion and Care for the Human Person

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Each fall The National Catholic Bioethics Center presents a series of two-day seminars in various cities across the United States to address current topics in bioethics. Required for those participating in the Center's National Catholic Certification Program in Health Care Ethics, these seminars are open to all engaged in, or preparing to engage in health care ministries consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church.  These seminars are intended to benefit health care workers, clergy, those involved in research in the life sciences, members of ethics committees, and others who provide spiritual support and counsel to patients and their families. Those interested in understanding and advancing the Church’s moral tradition in health care will also find them accessible and informative.

The organizing framework for the curriculum is the application of The Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services to critical issues raised in medicine and the life sciences. The seminars are structured to equip participants with the awareness to present, analyze, and resolve complex bioethical dilemmas encountered in clinical education and research from an interdisciplinary perspective.

 The objective of The National Catholic Bioethics Center's Two-Day Seminars is to train those engaged in the health care ministry, and other interested individuals, to effectively represent the Church's moral teaching in their various institutions as it is summarized in The Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services.

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

-   Begin articulating the Church's understanding of the inherent dignity of the human person as the objective basis for the Church's moral tradition in health care.

-   Have a sense of how to apply the Church's moral teaching as expressed in The Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services to effect the resolution of complex dilemmas encountered in clinical education, practice and research.

-   Identify some of the resources available to health care workers and others involved in the health care ministry which provide guidance for the resolution of bioethical issues.


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2015 seminars will be held in:

  • Bismarck, ND (August 28, 29). Click HERE for a schedule. Click HERE for a map to the event location. 
  • Philadelphia, PA (October 30, 31). Click HERE for a schedule. 


Topics covered in these seminars include:

  • Assisted Reproductive Technologies
  • Prenatal and Neonatal Complications
  • Stem Cell Research and Cloning
  • Ordinary and Extraordinary Means
  • Determination of Death and Organ Transplantation
  • Issues of Cooperation between Catholic and Non-Catholic Institutions

Those who enroll receive:

  • Full participation in the seminar
  • One copy of the seminar program book
  • One copy of Health Care Ethics: A Manual for Practitioners
  • Continental breakfasts and refreshments.

Faculty for each seminar includes NCBC Staff Ethicists and other distinguished experts.

  • This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through a joint providership of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center and The National Catholic Bioethics Center. The St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center is Accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education credit for physicians.
  • The National Association of Catholic Chaplains has approved this program for 12 Continuing Education Hours.
  • This Continuing Nursing Education Activity has been approved by the Northeast Multistate Division, an accredited approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Attendees give high praise for NCBC offerings: “exceptional program helping each participant understand how to apply Catholic teaching to challenging ethical issues;” and  “extremely important for physicians as the bioethical principles with which you become familiar make decisions in real-life patient situations much easier to make” For more details and detailed evaluation responses, please contact our Department of Education

The National Catholic Bioethics Center also offers a one-year online certification program for those interested in a more in depth study.

For additional information please email or phone Julie Kelley at 215-877-2660

Conflict of Interest Statement:

The content of the information which will be presented will promote quality or improvements in healthcare and will not promote a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial interest.