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.
  • Feedback from Converging Roads 2019 and 2020:
  • "I have been attending the Converging Roads conferences for three years now and have found the program enlightening and inspiring every year. As a medical student, I greatly appreciate having a way to learn from experts on how to think about medicine in the context of my faith."
  • "Amazing conference. So many ethical questions arise with this conference. It is sometimes challenging in a normal day-to-day experience to engage in the faith’s doctrine and sometime we forget, but Converging Roads sets a reminder for the importance of Catholic medical professionals in the field."
  • "I have now attended several of the Converging Roads conferences and have been greatly impressed by the caliber of the speakers and their knowledge base. The conferences have been exceptional."

Health + Safety Guidelines

  • The St. John Paul II Foundation and our presenting sponsors remain hopeful that Converging Roads will take place in person as planned under the guidance of Diocesan, city, and state recommendations. In order to meet the needs of our conference attendees, this year’s Converging Roads will be offered both in person and online. Please see below for ticket options and pricing. 
  • We know that Converging Roads is a vital ministry to you as health care professionals, and we look forward to serving you through this conference. We will ensure adequate social distancing and encourage the use of masks when social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • *Policy is subject to change; dependent on Diocesan, city, and state guidelines at the time of the conference. 




  • In-Person Ticket Options:
    • Physicians/Physician Assistants: $149
    • Nurses/Nurse Practitioners: $129
    • General Admission*: $79
    • (Other health care professionals and non-health care professionals)
    • Medical residents, clergy, or religious*: $69
    • Student Scholarship Rate**: $15
    • (Medical, and nursing, graduate, and undergraduate students)
    • *Not eligible for CME/CNE credits, however, Chaplain certificates of completion can be requested upon registration for continuing education purposes.
    • **Not eligible for CME/CNE credits.
  • Online Ticket Options:
    • Physician/Physician Assistant: $119
    • Nurse/Nurse Practitioner: $99
    • General Admission*: $49
    • (Other health care professionals and non-health care professionals)
    • Medical resident, clergy, or religious*: $39
    • Student Scholarship Rate**: $0
    • (Medical, and nursing, graduate, and undergraduate students)
    • *Not eligible for CME/CNE credits, however, 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, in-person admission for 1 organizational representative, and inclusion in our Virtual Exhibitor Hall.
  • 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, Chaplain certificates of completion can be requested upon registration for continuing education purposes.


  • Rationing in Times of Crisis
  • Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, PhD
  • Conscience Protection
  • John I. Lane, MD
  • The Duty to Care When Facing Personal Risk
  • John Paul Slosar, PhD
  • The Role of Disability in Determining Proportionate and Disproportionate Means and Access to Care
  • Claudia R. Sotomayor, MD, DBe
  • Determining Treatments and Care at the End of Life
  • Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, PhD
  • Gender Dysphoria: Science, Ideology, and Ethics
  • Paul Hruz, MD, PhD


8:00 AM
  • White Mass
  • Check-In/Registration Opens
9:15 AM
Opening Remarks
9:25 - 10:25 AM
Determining Treatments and Care at the End of Life
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
The Role of Disability in Determining Proportionate and Disproportionate Means and Access to Care
12:00 - 1:30 PM
Hippocratic Oath Luncheon
12:25 - 1:25 PM
The Duty to Care When Facing Personal Risk
1:50 - 2:50 PM
Rationing In Times of Crisis
2:55 - 3:55 PM
Conscience Protection
4:10 - 5:10 PM
Gender Dysphoria: Science, Ideology, and Ethics
5:15 - 6:00 PM
Wine & Cheese Reception


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.

Director of Education, The National Catholic Bioethics Center

Fr. Tad currently serves as the Director of Education at The National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia and directs the Center's National Catholic Certification Program in Health Care Ethics. He is a priest of the diocese of Fall River, Massachusetts. He writes and speaks widely on bioethics and medical ethics. Since 2001, he has given several hundred presentations and invited lectures, and participated in debates and roundtables on contemporary bioethics throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. He has taught bioethics classes for seminarians at St. John's Seminary in Boston, Pope St. John XXIII Seminary in Weston, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Connecticut. As an undergraduate Fr. Tad earned degrees in philosophy, biochemistry, molecular cell biology, and chemistry, and did laboratory research on hormonal regulation of the immune response. He later earned a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Yale University, where he focused on cloning genes for neurotransmitter transporters which are expressed in the brain. He worked for several years as a molecular biologist at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Father Tad studied for 5 years in Rome at both the Gregorian University and the Lateran University, where he did advanced work in dogmatic theology and in bioethics, examining the question of delayed ensoulment of the human embryo. He has testified before members of the Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Virginia and Oregon State Legislatures during deliberations over stem cell research and cloning. He writes a monthly newspaper column on bioethics that is nationally syndicated to more than 40 diocesan newspapers in the U.S., and which has also been carried by newspapers in England, Poland and Australia. He has done commentaries for numerous media outlets, including NBC Nightly News, CNN International, ABC World News Tonight, National Public Radio, the Wall Street Journal, the Dallas Morning News, and the New York Times.

Clinical Ethicist and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Georgetown University

Dr.  Claudia Sotomayor, currently works as Clinical Ethicist at the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine of GUMC. She is also a Cura Personalis Fellow . She holds an M.D. from Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua, in Chihuahua, Mexico. She also graduated with a Master’s degree in Bioethics from Anahuac University in Mexico City, and she graduated with a Doctorate in Bioethics from Loyola University in Chicago Il, USA. Claudia also completed a fellowship in Clinical Bioethics at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston TX. (USA). She has been a Research Scholar for UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights since 2012 where she has worked in the area of Multiculturalism, Bioethics and Religion. She has also served as a member of the Ethics committee in different hospitals in the USA. Before coming to the USA, she worked in different hospitals in Mexico as a primary care physician, and was the health committee coordinator for FUNDESPEN, a non-profit that provides medical care to Mayan communities in rural areas of Quintana Roo, Mexico.

Professor of Radiology, Mayo Clinic School of Medicine

Dr. Lane joined the Mayo Clinic Department of Radiology in 1999 where he holds the rank of Professor of Radiology. He is Past-President of the Catholic Medical Association and is currently serving as Vice President of the International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations (FIAMC). He is adjunct faculty at the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family on the campus of the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC where he and several other Mayo physicians teach a post-graduate course on Faith and Medicine. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Scranton in 1981 and earned his MD degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia in 1985. He completed a residency in diagnostic radiology at The Reading Hospital and Medical Center in 1989 and a fellowship in Neuroradiology at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in 1991. Following his medical training, he served on active duty in the U. S. Navy at the Oakland Naval Hospital until 1995. He has been married to his wife Mary Frances for 38 years. They have 4 adult children and 6 grandchildren.

Senior Vice President, Healthcare Ethics, Ascension

John Paul Slosar, PhD, is the Senior Vice President, Healthcare Ethics for Ascension. In his role, Dr. Slosar has primary responsibility for strategic and operational leadership of the Ethics Center of Expertise within the Mission Integration Ministry Wide Function. In this capacity, he oversees the integration of clinical and organizational Ethics throughout Ascension, the use of Ascension’s Organizational Ethics Discernment Process and ongoing development and maintenance of positive working relationships between leaders of the Roman Catholic Church and leaders of Ascension. Dr. Slosar has his master’s degree in moral philosophy and his Ph.D. in Healthcare Ethics from Saint Louis University. He has held adjunct  teaching positions at the Center for Health Care Ethics at Saint Louis University and the Aquinas Institute for Theology. Dr. Slosar has authored and co-authored numerous book chapters and articles in journals, including the Hastings Center Report, the American Journal of Bioethics, Hospital Ethics Committee (HEC) Forum, the National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, Health Progress, Supportive Voice, Ethics & Medics, and Healthcare Ethics USA; and is a co-author of a book, now in its Second Edition, entitled: An Introduction to Health Care Ethics: Theological Foundations, Contemporary Issues and Controversial Cases from Anselm Academic Press (2007, 2011). Dr. Slosar was one of the inaugural recipients of the Catholic Health Association Tomorrow’s Leaders award and is a graduate of Ascension’s Leadership Academy.




The National Association of Catholic Chaplains has approved this program for 6.75 Continuing Education Hours. Please select the General Admission or Clergy/Religious (if applicable) ticket option and request a certificate of completion on your registration form. For questions, please email [email protected]

Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, and Nurses

This activity has been submitted to the Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA) for approval. The CMDA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Determination of credit is pending. If you have any questions regarding continuing education, please contact Conference Coordinator Amelia Arth at [email protected] or (832) 779-1070.


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