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:
  • "The conference appealed on spiritual, personal, and professional levels. A supportive and relational experience, this conference came at a much needed point in my career."
  • "This conference not only presented medical insight, it affirmed my faith in Jesus Christ."
  • "We recieved timely, practical information from a Natural Law perspective, along with solid teachings from the Catholic faith and skills in interacting with patients. Very worth my time!"




In-Person Ticket Options:
  • Physicians/Physician Assistants: $149
  • Nurses/Nurse Practitioners: $129
  • General Admission*: $79
  • Medical residents, clergy, or religious*: $69
  • Student Scholarship Rate**: $15
Online Ticket Options:
  • Online tickets include access to the livestream on Saturday, November 13, as well as approximately 72 hours of access to the recordings (from noon CT on Sunday, November 14, to 11:59 pm CT on Wednesday, November 17).
  • Physicians/Physician Assistants: $119
  • Nurses/Nurse Practitioners: $99
  • General Admission*: $49
  • Medical residents, clergy, or religious*: $39
  • Student Scholarship Rate**: $0
  • *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.

Student Scholarships:
  • Undergraduate, graduate, nursing, and medical students are eligible to register for Converging Roads at our scholarship admission rate. If you are a student currently enrolled in classes and would like to attend the conference, please complete our student scholarship form prior to registering for the conference (click here). If you feel called to contribute to our scholarship fund, you can do so at the time of registration.

Refund Information:
    • If you are no longer able to attend the conference, after purchasing your ticket, you may choose to transfer your registration fees to a scholarship couple in need, or request a refund.
    • All refunds must be requested 2 weeks prior to the conference. The last day to request a refund is Friday, October 29. All refund requests made on or after October 30 will not be accepted, but the funds will automatically be transferred to a scholarship couple in need. Please email [email protected] to transfer your registration or request a refund.


  • Vocation of the Health Care Professional
  • Ashley K. Fernandes, MD, PhD
  • Women’s Health
  • Marguerite Duane, MD, MHA, FAAFP
  • Hard Cases at the Beginning of Life
  • Christopher Kaczor, PhD
  • Sacramental and Spiritual Care for the Dying: Suffering, Compassion, and Hope 
  • Natalie Rodden, MD
  • Access to Care for the Poor and Undocumented
  • Claudia R. Sotomayor, MD, DBe
  • Vaccines: Moral Obligations, Prudential Judgements, Personal Responsibility, and the Common Good
  • Michael J. Deem, PhD
  • In Vitro Fertilization and Woman- Affirming Alternatives
  • Patrick Yeung, Jr., MD 


7:30 AM
Check-In/Registration Opens
8:00 AM
Opening Remarks
8:10 - 9:00 AM
Hard Cases at the Beginning of Life
9:10 - 10:10 AM
Women's Health 
10:10 - 10:20 AM
10:20 - 11:20 AM
In Vitro Fertilization and Women- Affirming Alternatives
11:20 - 12:45 PM
Hippocratic Oath Luncheon
11:45 - 12:45 PM
Vocation of the Health Care Professional 
12:45 - 1:05 PM
12:45 - 1:30 PM
Sacrament of Reconciliation
1:05 - 2:05 PM
Sacramental and Spiritual Care for the Dying: Suffering, Compassion, and Hope
2:10 - 3:10 PM
Vaccines: Moral Obligations, Prudential Judgements, Personal Judgements, Personal Responsibility, and the Common Good
3:10 - 3:20 PM
3:20 - 4:20 PM
Access to Care for the Poor and Undocumented 
4:20 PM
Closing Remarks
5:00 PM
Vigil Mass (San Fernando Cathedral)
6:00 - 7:00 PM
Wine and Cheese Reception (San Fernando Cathedral)


Palliative Medicine Physician, St. Anthony North Health Campus, Westminster, CO

Natalie Rodden, M.D., M.A., is originally from Indiana and attended the University of Notre Dame.  She then went to medical school at Tulane University, where she founded the Catholic Medical Association Student Section, a national organization with the goal of preparing students to uphold the principles of the Catholic faith in the science and practice of medicine.  She completed internal medicine residency at the University of Utah and palliative medicine fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona.  Upon fellowship completion in 2016, she moved to Denver, Colorado, where she has since led the palliative medicine inpatient consultation service at St. Anthony North Health Campus in Westminster, CO.  In addition, she helps with the hospital’s ethics committee and provides education to medical trainees.  Dr. Rodden recently completed a master’s degree in bioethics from The Ohio State University and travels around the United States providing education and advocacy about palliative medicine and end of life ethical issues.

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.

Professor, Gynecological Surgical Subspecialties, Saint Louis University

Patrick Yeung Jr., M.D. is a Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology  & Women’s Health at Saint Louis University. Dr. Yeung is Director of the SLUCare Restorative Fertility Clinic, and Director of the SLUCare Center for  Endometriosis. He is Vice President of  the St. Louis Guild of the Catholic Medical Association. Dr. Yeung received his MD at Queen’s  University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, and did his residency training at Georgetown  University in Washington DC. Dr. Yeung has published over 40 articles in medical and ethics  publications, and is a speaker at national and international conferences and courses.

Archbishop of San Antonio

Gustavo García-Siller was named Archbishop of San Antonio by Pope Benedict XVI on October 14, 2010. Installed as Archbishop on November 23, 2010, he succeeded Archbishop José H. Gomez as the sixth Archbishop of San Antonio. He was appointed an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago on January 24, 2003 by Pope John Paul II, and ordained on March 19, 2003 by Archbishop of Chicago, Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I. Born December 21, 1956 in San Luis Potosi, S.L.P., Mexico, Archbishop Gustavo was the eldest of 15 children. In 1975, Archbishop Gustavo professed as a member of the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit. His more than 42 years of priestly service has taken many forms, including ministering to communities with varied cultural backgrounds. On a national level, Archbishop Gustavo has served on a number of committees for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)and is currently the Committee Chairman for the USCCB Cultural Diversity in the Church.

Professor of Philosophy, Loyola Marymount Univeristy

Dr. Christopher Kaczor (rhymes with razor) is Professor of Philosophy at Loyola Marymount University. He received appointments as a member of the James Madison Society of Princeton University, the Pontifical Academy for Life of Vatican City, and a Consultor to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. He graduated from the Honors Program of Boston College and earned a Ph.D. four years later from the University of Notre Dame. He has written more than 100 scholarly articles. A Fulbright Scholar and an award winning author, his fifteen books include Disputes in Bioethics, Abortion Rights: For and Against, 365 Days to Deeper Faith,  The Gospel of Happiness, The Seven Big Myths about Marriage,  A Defense of Dignity, The Seven Big Myths about the Catholic Church, The Ethics of Abortion, O Rare Ralph McInerny: Stories and Reflections on a Legendary Notre Dame Professor, Thomas Aquinas on the Cardinal Virtues; Life Issues-Medical Choices; Thomas Aquinas on Faith, Hope, and Love; The Edge of Life, and Proportionalism and the Natural Law Tradition. Dr. Kaczor’s views have been in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, National Review, NPR, BBC, EWTN, ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, MSNBC, TEDx, and The Today Show.

Clinical Ethicist and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Georgetown University

Dr. Claudia Sotomayor, is the Chief of the Clinical Consultation Service of the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics, a Cura Personalis Fellow and an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine of GUMC. She holds an M.D. from Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua, in Chihuahua, Mexico and 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.

Co-Founder and Executive Director, FACTS

Dr. Marguerite Duane, a board certified family physician, is co-founder and Executive Director of FACTS – the Fertility Appreciation Collaborative to Teach the Science, an organization dedicated to educating healthcare professionals and students about the scientifically valid natural or fertility awareness based methods of family planning.  She is currently completing a primary care research fellowship with a focus on fertility awareness at the University of Utah. She also serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Georgetown University, where she directs an introductory course on fertility awareness based methods and their role in women’s health and family planning.  Dr. Duane practices full-spectrum family medicine at Modern Mobile Medicine, a direct primary care house-calls based practice in the DC metropolitan area. Dr. Duane is the past-president of the St. Giuseppe Moscatti Guild of the Catholic Medical Association in the Archdiocese of Washington, DC. She formerly served as the medical director of the Spanish Catholic Center of Catholic Charities, non-profit community health centers that care for an almost exclusively poor and uninsured population in the DC metropolitan area. Dr. Duane has also previously served on the boards of both the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and the FMEC. Dr. Duane received her M.D. degree with recognition in primary care from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and completed her Family Medicine residency at Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, PA. She received a Bachelor of Science with Honors degree and a Master of Health Administration degree from Cornell University in 1992 and 1994, respectively.   Dr. Duane has been recognized for her leadership efforts by the American Board of Family Medicine which named her as a 1998 Pisacano Scholar, and by the American Academy of Family Physicians which awarded her the AAFP Bristol Meyers Squibb Graduate Medical Education Award in 2002. Dr. Duane is trained as a Creighton, FEMM and NeoFertility Medical consultant, as well as a TeenSTAR educator. She has published articles on the effectiveness of fertility awareness based methods for family planning and the use of apps for tracking fertility.  She has also developed and delivered multiple presentations on the use of fertility awareness based methods for family planning and women’s health.   Dr. Duane balances her career as a teacher and Family Physician, with her role as a mother and wife. She is proud to be accompanied on this life’s journey by her husband and fellow family physician, Dr. Kenneth Lin, and they are delighted to be the parents of 4 young children.

MICHAEL J. DEEM, PhD, Associate Professor, Center for Bioethics and Health Law & Department of Human Genetics, University of Pittsburgh

Michael J. Deem, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Center for Bioethics and Health Law and the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh. He also serves as Director of the Consortium Ethics Program, which provides continuing ethics education to clinicians in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio, and Co-Director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Master of Arts in Bioethics Program. Additionally, Dr. Deem is a Resident Fellow of the Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh, affiliate faculty of the Genetic Counseling MS Program at Indiana State University, subject faculty for the Children’s Mercy Hospital Pediatric Ethics Certificate Program, and a member of the Hospital Ethics Committee at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.   Dr. Deem received his Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame and completed the Pediatric Ethics and Genomic Fellowship at Children’s Mercy Hospital. He is the author of more than 20 scholarly articles and book chapters on philosophy of science, bioethics, ethical theory, and empirical health research. He is currently completing a monograph for Cambridge University Press on fundamental concepts in genomic medicine, and is co-editing the Oxford University of Handbook of Genetic Counseling and Nursing Ethics: Normative Foundations, Advanced Concepts, and Emerging Issues for Oxford University Press.   Dr. Deem lives outside Pittsburgh with his wife and five children. He is also a candidate in the Deacon Formation Program of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.



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