These seminars, help September 6-7 and September 20-21 this year, are one of the mainstays of the NCBC's annual programming. The seminars provide an unparalleled learning opportunity in bioethics for all professionals, lay and religious, and they serve as a starting point (or in some cases, a conclusion) for those enrolled in the year-long Certification Program in Health Care Ethics.
A great deal of effort goes into the preparation for the event, and many hands at the NCBC helped to make the work light.
Executive Vice President of the NCBC, Deacon John Hunter, and his assistants were instrumental in ensuring the success of the program, particularly when it came to creating the seminar booklet and materials and guaranteeing that the professionalism and organization of the Center would permeate the overall tone of the events.
NCBC Executive Vice President, Deacon John Hunter (far left)shown here Dr. Marie Hilliard at the Philadelphia Seminar
The seminar booklets were just one part of the many materials NCBC staff prepared beforehand
Books for sale, posters, and promotional material in Philadelphia.
Entrance to the Philadelphia Seminar (down right). Main foyer of
the Philadelphia Archdiocesan Pastoral Center shown.
Registration for the Seminar was prepared and run by Julie Kelley (far right)
Dr. John Haas gives an introduction to Catholic bioethics
Father Tad and Dr. Ted Furton look on as Dr. Haas gives his presentation.
Dr. Ted Furton speaking on End-of-Life care.
Dr. Marie Hilliard speaking on Ethical Approaches to
Complications Encountered Before and After Birth
Father Tad Pacholczyk speaking on the ethics of stem cells
and reproductive technologies
The presentations were powerful and provided ample fodder for discussion afterward.
82 people attended the program in New Orleans, while Philadelphia saw 75 attendees!
New Orleans Seminar, 2013
Dr. Marie Hilliard addresses the group at the New Orleans Seminar
The New Orleans Seminar concluded festively with a small party held at the home of the Seminar's most generous host (and NCBC Board Chairman) the Most Reverend Gregory M. Aymond, Archbishop of New Orleans.
The beautiful Archbishop's Residence in New Orleans, Louisiana
The NCBC was further blessed to have a handful of sponsors for the seminars. We are incredibly grateful to all those who sponsored our event. You can see their logos below:
All in all, it was a successful and laudable seminar series this year!
If you are interested in attending the NCBC Seminar in Health Care Ethics next year, or, are just curious to see what you missed, you may view a copy of the speaking schedule for New Orleans, HERE and for Philadelphia, HERE.
Hope to see you next year!