• FOR LIFE AND FAMILY

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."
  • "It is edifying to be with so many people trying to live their faith in a field that constantly challenges the truth."
  • "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."
 

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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.

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, Chaplain certificates of completion can be requested upon registration for continuing education purposes.
 

TOPICS

  • The Hippocratic Oath: Countering a Secularist Bioethics
  • Ashley K. Fernandes, MD, PhD
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  • End of Life Decision Making and Palliative Care
  • Sarah E. Hetue Hill, PhD
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  • Accompanying Patients in the Midst of Suffering
  • Father Philip G. Bochanski
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  • Public Health and Pandemics: Economics, Access to Care, and Health Care Disparities
  • Dominique J. Monlezun, MD, PhD, PhD, MPH
  • Moral Decision Making in Difficult Sitautions
  • Sarah E. Hetue Hill, PhD and Dominique J. Monlezun, MD, PhD, PhD, MPH
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  • Is There Such a Thing as “Catholic Medicine”?
  • Local Catholic Physicians
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  • The Physiological Impacts of Contraceptives
  • Kathleen Raviele, MD

SCHEDULE

       
8:00 AM
  • Mass
  • Check-In/Registration Opens
9:15 AM
Opening Remarks
9:25 - 10:20 AM
The Hippocratic Oath: Countering a Secularist Bioethics
 
10:25 - 11:25 AM
End of Life Decision Making and Palliative Care
 
11:40 AM - 12:40 PM
Accompanying Patients in the Midst of Suffering
 
12:40 - 2:15 PM
Hippocratic Oath Luncheon
1:10 - 2:10 PM
Is There Such a Thing as "Catholic Medicine"?
 
2:40 - 3:40 PM
The Physiological Impacts of Contraceptives
3:40 - 4:40 PM
Public Health and Pandemics: Economics, Access to Care, and Health Care Disparities
 
4:55 - 5:55 PM
Moral Decision Making in Difficult Situations
6:00 - 6:45 PM
Wine & Cheese Reception

Speakers

ARLAND K. NICHOLS, PhD (cand.)
President, St. John Paul II Foundation

Arland K. Nichols, Ph.D. (cand.)  is president and founder of the St. John Paul II Foundation. After a decade of teaching and leadership at a Catholic college preparatory school and an international nonprofit, Arland launched the St. John Paul II Foundation in 2014. Early in his career he became a popular speaker and successful writer while he established the groundwork for the initiatives that would become the St. John Paul II Foundation. He is author, with Rev. John Leies of the forthcoming 4th edition of the Handbook on Critical Life Issues published by the National Catholic Bioethics Center. Arland earned a B.A. in philosophy from Texas A&M, an M.DIV. in Theology from University of St. Thomas, and is completing a Ph.D. in bioethics from Regina Apostolorum in Rome. With the generous support of his wife, Cindy, and their seven children, Arland is blessed to lead the St. John Paul II Foundation as it serves, educates, and supports medical professionals, married couples, and clergy.

ASHLEY K. FERNANDES, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, and Associate Director, Center for Bioethics, The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Ashley K. Fernandes, MD, PhD, is the Associate Director of the Center for Bioethics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He received an MA in Philosophy from Johns Hopkins University; an MD from The Ohio State University; and a PhD in Philosophy (Bioethics) from Georgetown University. Dr. Fernandes is board certified in General Pediatrics.  Focusing on bioethics and professionalism education scholarship, he also practices both hospital and ambulatory pediatrics. Dr. Fernandes is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, an elected member of both the AAP’s Executive Committee on Bioethics and the Academy for Professionalism in Health Care’s Board of Directors, a member of the AOA Medical Honor Society, and a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society, receiving the prestigious Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine award twice in the last 10 years. He has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards, most recently The Ohio State University College of Medicine’s Professor of the Year Award in 2020. Dr. Fernandes has been a member of the Catholic Medical Association since medical school, and is a member of their national speaker board, traveling across the country to speak on issues in Christian bioethics. He is also an advisor to the CMA Medical Student Section, which awarded him the national Mentor of the Year Award in 2015. He lives with his wife Shruti (a family physician) and two boys in Dublin, Ohio.

SARAH E. HETUE HILL, PhD
Regional Vice President, Mission Integration, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System & The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio

Sarah Hill, PhD is the Regional Vice President of Mission Integration for CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System and the Children's Hospital of San Antonio. She is an executive committee member of the Supportive Care Coalition, a coalition of 19 Catholic health systems committed to advancing palliative care. She is also a member of the University of Pennsylvania's Palliative and Advanced Illness Research Center's External Advisory board, the Catholic Health Association's Theology and Ethics Committee, and the Florida Catholic Conferencce of Bishop's End of Life Care Committee. Dr. Hill received her B.S. degree from Marquette University, her M.A. from the University of West Florida and her PhD in Health Care Ethics from St. Louis University. Dr. Hill has delivered presentations including keynote addresses on ethics and palliative care at various national and regional events including the Catholic Health Association Annual Assembly, the Center to Advance Palliative Care annual assembly, the American Society on Aging, and the Supportive Care Congress and has written articles and a book chapter on ethics and palliative care.

DOMINIQUE J. MONLEZUN, MD, PhD, PhD, MPH
CEO and Chief Data Scientist, Global System Analytics & Structures

Dr. Monlezun is Professor of Bioethics at the Italian Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum and Mexican Universidad Anáhuac, Chief Data Scientist at Global System Analytics & Structures, Senior Data Scientist & Biostatistician for the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Cardiac Catherization Lab and UT-Houston Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Research Scholar for the United Nations/UNESCO Chair in Bioethics & Human Rights, and Principal Investigator for over 30 biomedical randomized and cohort trials. He is a member of the American College of Physicians and AΩA Honor Medical Society. Dr. Monlezun received his MD from Tulane University School of Medicine, his first PhD in Global Health Management & Policy and MPH in Global Health Systems & Development from Tulane University School of Public Health, and his second PhD in Bioethics from Regina Apostolorum. Dr. Monlezun has authored over 250 peer-reviewed manuscripts and conference presentations in addition to three books (including the first textbooks separately on AI global bioethics and Thomistic-Aristotelian personalist ethics and political philosophy) and teaches medicine, public health, data science, and bioethics for graduate students on 4 continents

KATHLEEN M. RAVIELE, MD, FACOG
Past President, Catholic Medical Association

Kathleen M. Raviele, MD is a retired Ob-Gyn in the Atlanta area. She is a Fellow in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and is a member of the American Association of Pro-Life Ob-Gyns and the Catholic Medical Association. Dr. Raviele received her B.S. degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and her MD degree from Albany Medical College of Union University. She has taught various methods of natural family planning for 25 years and has co-authored numerous studies on the Marquette Method of Natural Family Planning as well as a systematic review of risks of hormonal contraception.

FATHER PHILIP G. BOCHANSKI
Executive Director, Courage International

Father Philip G. Bochanski, MDiv, MA is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Executive Director of Courage International. He is a member of the Catholic Medical Association. Father Bochanski received the degrees of Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Theology from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook, in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. Father Bochanski has more than twenty-two years’ experience in pastoral care, including parish, nursing home and hospital settings, as well as 11 years as chaplain for the Courage apostolate, which provides pastoral support for people who experience same-sex attractions and desire to live a chaste life. He is the author of numerous talks, articles and book chapters on pastoral care, including the chapter “Pastoral Care of the Sick and Dying” in Catholic Witness in Health Care: Practicing Medicine in Truth and Love” (Travaline & Mitchell, eds., CUA Press, 2016).

SPONSORS

Venue

St. John Paul II Foundation

7730 Westview
Houston, TX 77055

For More Information:
Erin Vallagomesa, Conference Coordinator
832.779.1070
erin@forlifeandfamily.org

CONTACT US

  • PHONE

    832.779.1070

  • PHYSICAL ADDRESS

    7730 Westview
    Houston, TX 77055

  • MAILING ADDRESS

    P.O. Box 5927
    Katy, TX 77491

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