about Converging Roads

Where Health Care Ethics and Medicine Converge
Converging Roads is a regional conference series offering continuing education for health care professionals that equips them to practice the highest ethical and medical standards of their profession. To learn more about Converging Roads, click here.
    • "Very high calibre and thought provoking seminars.  I'm definitely looking forward to the next opportunity. ... The invigoration of thought for all the seminars was so high throughout the day, time just seemed to fly by."
    • - 2018 Converging Roads attendee




Ticket Options:
  • Physician/Physician Assistant: $149
  • Nurse/Nurse Practitioner: $129
  • General Admission*: $79
  • (Other health care professionals and non-health care professionals)
  • Medical resident, clergy, or religious*: $69
  • Student Scholarship Rate**: $15
  • (Medical, and nursing, graduate, and undergraduate students)
  • *Not eligible for CME/CNE credits, however, Social Worker/Chaplain certificates of completion can be requested upon registration for continuing education purposes.
  • **Not eligible for CME/CNE credits.

Exhibitor Opportunities:
Includes 1 exhibitor booth and admission for 1 organizational representative
  • Ministry/Non-Profit (including CME/CNE credits): $170
  • Ministry/Non-Profit (not including CME/CNE credits)*: $100
  • Vendor/For-Profit (including CME/CNE credits): $220
  • Vendor/For-Profit (not including CME/CNE credits)*: $150
  • *Not eligible for CME/CNE credits, however, Social Worker/Chaplain certificates of completion can be requested upon registration for continuing education purposes.


Neonatologist and Medical Director

Robin Pierucci, MD, MA Dr. Robin Pierucci is a wife, mother, and a practicing neonatologist. She also has a Masters degree in bioethics, and completed the National Catholic Bioethics Center certificate course. A Jewish convert to Catholicism, Dr. Pierucci has been seen on a number of shows aired on EWTN including: “EWTN Live”, “Women of Grace”, “The Journey Home”, and in her documentary about in-vitro fertilization.  In the last year she has been active with Women Speak for Themselves and has had pieces published in The Federalist and The National Review—on line. When not at work, Dr. Pierucci can most likely be found driving at least one of her three children to or from practice somewhere.

Professor of Pediatrics, Washington University School of Medicine

Paul W. Hruz is Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Professor of Cellular Biology and Physiology at Washington University in St. Louis. Hruz received his Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry from Marquette University in 1987. As a member of the Medical Scientist Training Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin, he received his Ph.D. Degree in Biochemistry in 1993 and M.D. Degree in 1994. He completed Residency training in Pediatrics at the University of Washington in Seattle and a Pediatric Endocrinology fellowship at Washington University.  Hruz served at the Chief of the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes at Washington University from 2012-2017.  He is a member of the University's Disorders of Sexual Development (DSD) Multidisciplinary Care Program. Hruz is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Endocrinology. He has also received certification in Healthcare Ethics from the National Catholic Bioethics Center.  He has authored over 60 peer-reviewed manuscripts, scientific reviews and book chapters.

Chief Psychiatry Resident, UC Irvine Medical Center

Frances Broghammer, MD, is the Chief Psychiatry Resident at the University of California, Irvine.  Her main interests lie in spirituality, ethics, education, and human flourishing.  She currently serves as vice president of the California Psychiatric Association’s education committee and as chair of the Orange County Psychiatric Society’s (OCPS) Government Affairs Committee.  Additionally, she holds the distinction of sitting on the UC Irvine Medical Ethics Committee.  Dr. Broghammer graduated from the University of Notre Dame, Magna Cum Laude, with a degree in Science Pre-Professional Studies and Portuguese Language & Brazilian Studies.  She attended the University of California, Irvine for medical school and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Medical Honor Society.  Dr. Broghammer has published several peer reviewed articles and is currently researching suicide, social isolation, and human flourishing.  Most recently, Dr. Broghammer was voted “Outstanding Resident Teacher” by UC Irvine’s medical students, a testament to the 6-week seminar course “Humanism in Psychiatry” which she founded and leads for all rotating third year medical students.  She resides in Long Beach, California with her husband and their 5-year-old son.

Executive Director, Theology of the Body Evangelization Team (TOBET)

Monica Ashour, M.T.S., M.Hum., holds two Masters from the University of Dallas—one in Theological Studies and one in Humanities. Monica is an author, national speaker, and President for the Theology of the Body Evangelization Team (TOBET). Named in 2010 by The Catholic National Register as one of the top six speakers on Saint John Paul’s seminal work known as the Theology of the Body (TOB), Monica has published 28 books, including The Body Matters program, TOB for Tots, and TOB for Kids. One endeavor of Miss Ashour’s is to debunk the common misconceptions that the Theology of the Body is a “birds-and-bees” centered program. That’s why TOBET’s The Body Matters program, which is being implemented all around the United States and abroad, forms children in the faith about what it means to be human, combating destructive messages from the culture. Monica has also written the Theology of the Body Marriage Preparation, a program which has been lauded by Cardinal Dolan of New York, Archbishop Aquila in Denver, Dr. Peter Kreeft of Boston College, and Dr. Janet Smith. In May 2015, Miss Ashour was a participant for an ad hoc committee for the Pontifical Council for the Family with Archbishop Paglia who advises Pope Francis. In November 2011, Monica presented a talk entitled, “How to Teach TOB to Teens” at the Theology of the Body International Symposium in Rome. She was also a participant in the International Summit on Lay Leadership with Cardinal Arinze in Rome. Before becoming a national speaker, Monica served as a campus minister at St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Texas A&M University from 1996 to 1999. There she launched the now nationwide Nun Run, in which young women travel around the nation visit convents. Before and after her stint at St. Mary’s, Monica enjoyed 20+ years teaching theology and literature in the classroom. Monica was the recipient of the Bishop’s 2008 Pro-Life Award for Civic Action and was recently named to the Hall of Fame for her alma mater, Nolan Catholic High School in Ft. Worth.  Monica was awarded by the Catholic Press Association for Honorable Mention—First Time Author of a Book, Everybody Has Something to Give. She also received the Excellence in Publishing Award for Children’s Books for her Every BODY Has a Body: God Made Us to Love.



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