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.


Care for the Sick and Dying: Rooted in Catholic Social Doctrine

Sr. Mary Diana Dreger, OP, MD


The Secularist Attack on Religious Liberty of Medical Practitioners in the Literature and Law

Joseph Meaney, PhD


Religious Freedom and Vaccine Compulsion: A View Through Catholic Social Teaching

Paul J. Carson, MD, FACP 


A Catholic Response to the Opioid Crisis

Jeffrey Berger, MD, FASAM


Ethical Standards in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Jennifer E. Miller, PhD


Hidden in Plain Sight: Human Trafficking in Our Midst

Debbie Shinskie, RN


Access to Healthcare for the Poor & Undocumented

Sr. Mary Diana Dreger, OP, MD


Medical Director, Guest House

Jeffrey Berger, MD, FASAM is a graduate of the Wayne State University School of Medicine. He is boarded in both Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine. Dr. Berger has worked in Addiction Medicine since 1983. He is past Medical Director of Brighton Hospital and currently is Medical Director at Guest House, a lay-run organization for Catholic clergy and religious who suffer from addictive disorders.

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Sister Mary Diana Dreger, OP, MD, is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Public Health in the Department of Internal Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and a Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Studies at Aquinas College, Nashville, Tennessee.  She received her B.S. in Biology and M.A. in Mathematics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, her M.D. from Vanderbilt University, and completed her residency training in internal medicine at Vanderbilt.  She is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.  As a practicing internist since 2004, she has cared for the sick, the poor, the undocumented, and the dying.  She has given over 200 presentations across the United States and in Canada to professional organizations and community groups on numerous topics related to medicine, ethics, and spirituality.

Director of the Respect Life Office, Archdiocese of New Orleans

Debbie Shinskie, RN, a graduate of Geisinger School of Nursing and St. Joseph’s College of Maine, worked for a number of years as a shock/trauma adult ICU nurse, maternal-child health nurse, lactation consultant, and educator for parents and professionals. She has 2 published textbooks in the field of human lactation.  Always active in her parishes and dioceses in respect life & social justice work, she has served as a parish respect life coordinator and master catechist, teaching Theology of the Body and RCIA.  Currently she is the Director of the Archdiocese of New Orleans Respect Life Office, Chair of the Archdiocesan Human Trafficking Committee, & is a consultant for the Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops & the US Conference of Catholic Bishops on anti-trafficking efforts. She & her husband of 33 years have 4 adult children, 3 children in Heaven, & 6 grand babies.

President of the National Catholic Bioethics Center

Joseph Meaney received his Ph.D. in Bioethics from the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome. His doctoral program was founded by the late Cardinal Sgreccia and linked to the Medical School and Gemelli teaching hospital. His dissertation topic was Conscience and Health Care: A Bioethical Analysis. Dr. Meaney earned his Masters in Latin American Studies focusing on Health Care in Guatemala from the University of Texas at Austin. He graduated from the University of Dallas with a B.A. in History and a concentration in international studies. The Benedict XVI Catholic University in Trujillo, Peru awarded Dr. Meaney an honorary visiting professorship. Dr. Meaney was director of international outreach and expansion for Human Life International (HLI) and is a leading expert on the international pro-life and family movement, having travelled to eighty-one countries on pro-life missions over the last 25 years.  He founded the HLI Rome Office in 1998 and lived there for nine years where he collaborated closely with dicasteries of the Holy See, particularly the Pontifical Council for the Family and the Pontifical Academy for Life.  He is a dual US and French citizen and is fluent in French, Spanish, Italian and English.  His family has been active in the health care and pro-life fields in Corpus Christi, Texas, and France for many years. Dr. Meaney was the General Editor of the English Edition and co-author with his father, Dr. Michael Meaney, of a chapter in the Pontifical Council for the Family’s Lexicon: Ambiguous and debatable terms regarding family, life and ethical questions and has published in a number of scholarly journals.  He has also written many popular articles and has been interviewed by newspapers, radio and television in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. His popular articles have appeared in the National Catholic Register, Crux, Inside Catholic, Crisis Magazine, Inside the Vatican, and many other publications. Dr. Meaney, his wife, Marie, and their young daughter, Thérèse moved to Pennsylvania from Paris in the summer of 2019.


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