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The National Catholic Bioethics Center
Announcing the Humanae Vitae and Health Care Conference
December 13, 2017
© 2020 by The National Catholic Bioethics Center

The National Catholic Bioethics Center is proud to announce its participation in organizing a conference in October 2018 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae. More information is provided in the press release below.


Press Release on Humanae Vitae and Catholic Health Care Conference

December 13, 2017


Philadelphia, Pa.—A national conference sponsored by major Catholic health care and educational institutions, including The National Catholic Bioethics Center, the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Ascension, Catholic Health Services of Long Island, Franciscan Health, Mercy, OSF HealthCare, and Saint Louis University, will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae on October 11-13, 2018.  “Advancing Humanae Vitae: Best Practices and Next Steps in Catholic Health Care Delivery and Education,” will take place at Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri. Participants will focus on how to better advance Humanae Vitae’s core principles within Catholic health care, particularly in providing care which promotes fertility awareness, fertility restoration, and women’s health, as well as in improving professional education. 

John M. Haas, president of the NCBC, stated, “This is a most appropriate time for a conference like this. Blessed Paul VI called on health care professionals in particular to help advance Catholic teachings on fertility and sexuality. This conference will provide opportunities to highlight the scientific research and best practices developed by those who have responded to Pope Paul VI’s call, and to discuss how these resources can be best deployed in the complex world of contemporary health care.” 

The conference begins with a welcoming event on Thursday evening, October 11. On Friday and Saturday, October 12 and 13, the conference will examine four major topic areas in half-day sessions. The first session introduces Humanae Vitae, and offers an overview of fertility awareness-based methods (FABMs) and of the state of the science. The second session focuses on best practices in providing fertility awareness-based education and services, in both Catholic health system programs and clinical delivery models. The third session explores how to effectively train greater numbers of health care professionals in FABMs. The fourth session examines a range of practical issues concerning fertility awareness-based education and services, like marketing and branding, and partnerships between allied organizations such as dioceses and health care organizations.

The conference is designed to attract people with a wide range of backgrounds and roles, including Catholic health care administrators and leaders, health care professionals, faculty at Catholic medical schools, nursing schools, and residency programs; diocesan leaders, and anyone interested in learning about and improving resources for enhancing fertility awareness and responses to infertility within the framework of Catholic teachings.

John F. Brehany, Director of Institutional Relations at the NCBC stated, “This conference will be a unique event. It will constructively focus on correlating the deep wisdom of the Church’s understanding of the human person and human sexuality with the most recent research and best practices in fertility awareness-based methods and services. It should provide a foundation for renewing the witness of Catholics in health care on these issues for years to come.”

For more information, contact John F. Brehany, Director of Institutional Relations at the National Catholic Bioethics Center, at; 215-871-2015. More information about the conference is available at

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