Illinois Catholic Health Association

A Short Course for Chaplains on the
Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services
Issued by The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

This program provides chaplains working in Catholic hospitals in the state of Illinois with a six module (6 hour) asynchronous course as a review and introduction of the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services. There is a particular emphasis on the Sacraments and Catholic social teaching and its importance to the arena of health care.The course content is delivered to you by The National Catholic Bioethics Center in cooperation with the Illinois Catholic Health Association. Click HERE to enroll in the Program for Chaplains.

The National Association of Catholic Chaplains has accredited this program for 6 continuing education credits. Click to view certification letter.

Download a copy of the ERDs

Order a copy of Health Care Ethics: A Manual for Practitioners. Participants in this program receive a 20% discount on this NCBC publication. Make sure to login to the NCBC website and then navigate to the link for your purchase and to receive the discount.

Course Instructor

Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D.
NCBC Director of Education

Fr. Tad is a priest of the diocese of Fall River, Massachusetts. As an undergraduate he earned degrees in philosophy, biochemistry, molecular cell biology, and chemistry, and did laboratory research on hormonal regulation of the immune response. He later earned a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Yale University, where he focused on cloning genes for neurotransmitter transporters which are expressed in the brain. He also worked for several years as a molecular biologist at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Fr. Tad studied for 5 years in Rome where he did advanced work in dogmatic theology and in bioethics, examining the question of delayed ensoulment of the human embryo. He has testified before members of the Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Virginia and North Carolina State Legislatures during deliberations over stem cell research and cloning. He has given presentations and participated in roundtables on contemporary bioethics throughout the U.S., Canada, and in Europe. He has done numerous media commentaries, including appearances on CNN International, ABC World News Tonight, and National Public Radio. He is Director of Education for The National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia and directs the Center’s National Catholic Certification Program in Health Care Ethics.


Course of Instruction

Once enrolled for this program you have 12 weeks to complete it. You may work at your own pace and submit each assignment upon completion. Assignments are provided in both pdf and MS-Word format.  If you choose, you may download the assignments in MS-Word and embed your responses below each of the questions. Your assignments should then be submitted by email to The National Catholic Bioethics Center where they are graded and returned to you. Once you have completed the 6 learning modules, the NCBC will report your final evaluation and provide notice of your completion to the Illinois Catholic Health Association office.


Your Benefits While a Student of The NCBC

During your 12 weeks of participation in this program you will have web access to the online archives of the NCBC monthly publication, Ethics & Medics, and our award winning National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly. You must be logged on to access. You are eligible for a 20% discount on publications through our online store and may purchase a one-year Individual Membership in The National Catholic Bioethics Center at a 20% discount.