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.
    • "It was profound to be in a setting with others who share Catholic values and teaching. Professional work can be isolating in the secular setting. The presence of the Holy Spirit was palpable. Thank you! God bless!"
    • - 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.


  • Brain Death and Organ Donation
  • Sr. Terese Auer, O.P, Ph.D.
  • Stem Cell Research & Use of Cell Lines Derived from Aborted Fetuses in Research
  • Rev. Nicanor Pier Giorgio Austriaco, O.P., Ph.D., S.T.D.
  • Spiritual Warfare & Emotional Self-Care for Health Care Professionals
  • Cynthia Hunt, M.D.
  • The Dignity of the Person and the Common Good
  • John Meinert, Ph.D.
  • End of Life Issues at Life’s Beginning
  • Robin Pierucci, M.D., M.A.
  • More Topics Coming Soon!


7:30 AM
Check-In/Registration Begins
8:15 AM
Opening Remarks
8:25 - 9:25 AM
Dignity of the Person and the Common Good
9:30 - 10:30 AM
Stem Cell Research and the Use of Cell Lines Derived from Aborted Fetuses in Research
10:30 - 10:45 AM
10:45 - 11:15 AM
Spiritual Warfare and Dissociative Identity Disorder
11:30 AM - 12:10 PM
12:15 - 1:00 PM
Hippocratic Oath Luncheon
1:05 - 1:35 PM
Physician, Heal Thyself
1:45 - 2:45 PM
Brain Death and Organ Donation
2:45 - 3:05 PM
3:05 - 4:05 PM
End of Life Issues at Life's Beginning
4:10 - 5:10 PM
Post-Abortive Healing and Reversal of Chemical Abortions
5:10 PM
Closing Remarks
5:15 - 6:00 PM
Wine & Cheese Networking Reception


Sister Terese Auer, O.P., Ph.D.
Chair of Bioethics, Saint John Paul the Great High School

Sister Terese Auer, O.P., Ph.D. is the head of the bioethics department and a teacher at Saint John Paul the Great High School in Potomac Shores, Virginia.  She is a board member of Human Life International. Sister Terese received her B.A. Degree in English from Silver Lake College, Manitowoc, WI, and her Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in Philosophy from the Center for Thomistic Studies at the University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX. Sister Terese has taught at the high school and college levels for about 40 years.  She has also written two textbooks for high school students: The Human Person ~ Dignity Beyond Compare and Called to Happiness ~ Guiding Ethical Principles.

Neonatologist and Medical Director

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 Biology and of Theology, Providence College,
and Research Fellow, Center for Religious Studies and Ethics, University of Santo Tomas

Rev. Nicanor Austriaco, O.P., completed his Bachelor’s Degree (B.S.E.) in Bioengineering, summacum laude, at the University of Pennsylvania, and then earned his Ph.D. in Biology from M.I.T. in the laboratory of Professor Leonard Guarente, where he was a fellow of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). He was ordained a priest in the Order of Preachers in May of 2004. He completed his Pontifical License in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) in Moral Theology at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC, in 2005, and a Pontifical Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.) at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, in 2015. Fr. Austriaco currently serves as Professor of Biology and of Theology at Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island. He is also a research fellow at the Center for Religious Studies and Ethics at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines. His NIH-funded laboratory at Providence College (www.austriacolab.com) is investigating the genetics of programmed cell death using the yeasts, Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Candida albicans, as model organisms. His first book, Biomedicine and Beatitude: An Introduction to Catholic Bioethics, was published by the Catholic University of America Press in 2011. It was recognized as a 2012 Choice outstanding academic title by the Association of College and Research Libraries.

Assistant Professor of Theology, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University

John Meinert, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Theology at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University where he teaches Moral Theology, Catholic Social Thought, Bioethics, and Spirituality. He holds a B.A. in Theology from Benedictine College, an M.A. in Theology from the University of Dallas, and a Ph.D. in Moral Theology/Ethics from The Catholic University of America. He has two published books and numerous scholarly and popular articles concerning Moral Theology, St. Thomas Aquinas, Grace, and Spirituality. He is currently a member of the Louisiana State Board of Ethics (appointed by Governor John Bel Edwards), the founder and director of FranU’s bioethics lecture series, and a member of multiple theological organizations (ACT, SCE, and CTSA).

Psychiatrist and Chair of Catholic Medical Association National Opioid Task Force

Dr. Cynthia Hunt is a graduate of Loyola Stritch School of Medicine and Board Certified practitioner in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry, which includes a year of fellowship training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  She currently maintains an active practice at the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, where she is the Chief of the Department of Psychiatry.   She is also an Adjunct Faculty Member of St. Patrick’s Archdiocesan Seminary in Menlo Park, CA . She has been privileged to serve the Catholic Church over the last 12 years in the Exorcism and Deliverance ministry as psychiatric consultant to priests, exorcists and Bishops and is on the Advisory Board for the Pope Leo XIII Institute.   She has been invited to give presentations on this topic in many settings including Priest/ Clergy Days,  Deaconate Training, National Meetings of the Catholic Medical Association  and the Catholic Psychotherapy Association as well as  conferences with laity and SCRC. Dr. Hunt  has also worked within  the Catholic Medical Association for many years and has served as President of the Fresno Guild,   member of the FIRE Committee, and as a speaker for CMA national and local conferences.   She is currently a CMA Board Member and is Chair of the national CMA Opioid Task Force,  meeting with Health and Human Services in Washington, DC.   Recently she participated in  representing  North America at an International Meeting on Addictions at the Vatican through the Dicastery of Integral Human Development. An accomplished pianist, Lay Carmelite,  and member of the Board of the Foundation of Prayer for Priests,  she has been blessed with her husband of 27 years and their three children.



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