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NCBC Two-day Seminars:

Catholic Healthcare Ethics:

A Tradition of Compassion and Care for the Human Person




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



The objectives of the Seminar include the training of those engaged in 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.


Seminar Sites in 2017:

  • Austin, TX (January 26 & 27, 2018) — Seton Healthcare Family Administration Offices

  • San Francisco, CA (April 20 & 21, 2018) — St. Patrick Seminary & University – Registration opens January 22, 2018

Seminar Topics:

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


Continuing Education Credit Opportunities:

  • 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 Thomas Jefferson University Hospital an approved provider of continuing nursing education (CNE) by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. A maximum of 12.0 nursing contact hours will be awarded for this program. The participant must attend the entire program to be eligible for full contact hour credit.


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.


Past Program Reviews:

Attendees have shared 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 detailed evaluation responses, please email or phone Julie Kelley at 215-877-2660. The National Catholic Bioethics Center also offers a one-year online certification program for those interested in a more in depth study.


Seminar Enrollment Details:


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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.