Bioethics institute hosts weekend conference

  • March 28, 2008

{mosimage}TORONTO — For doctors who know the opposite of medicine is not prayer, the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute has organized three days of workshops and discussion. “The Vocation of the Catholic Physician: Integrating the Practical, the Bioethical and the Spiritual” will run April 25 to 27 at the University of St. Michael’s College.

Among the featured speakers are Jesuit Dr. Myles Sheehan, who practises geriatric medicine and teaches at Loyola University’s Stritch School of Medicine outside Chicago. He helped develop the geriatrics curriculum at Harvard Medical School.

Diocese of London Bishop Ron Fabbro, a Basilian and past professor of ethics, will present a paper on “Stem Cell Research: New and Continuing Ethical Issues.”

Lawyer Iain Benson, executive director of the Centre for Cultural Renewal, will speak on “Conscientious Objection.”

In from Vancouver, Tom Maddix, CSC, Providence Health Care’s vice president of mission, ethics and spirituality, will speak on the “Spirituality of Health Care.”

Toronto Archbishop Thomas Collins will celebrate Sunday Mass with the doctors April 27.

The three-day conference, including four meals and all sessions, costs $300. To register call CCBI at (416) 926-2335 or check their web site at

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