about Converging Roads

Through Converging Roads, the St. John Paul II Foundation equips medical professionals to bring the church’s rich moral tradition to bear upon ethical dilemmas. Committed to the Church’s teaching and Hippocratic medicine, health care professionals are better able to realize the highest medical and ethical standards of their profession.  –Late Most Rev. David R. Choby, Bishop of Diocese of Nashville

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.

Through collaboration with the Diocese of Nashville and Saint Thomas Health, Converging Roads provides health care professionals, chaplains, students, and administrators with the most up-to-date training in health care ethics enabling them to more effectively care for their patients. An initiative of the St. John Paul II Foundation, Converging Roads is deeply rooted in the Catholic moral tradition and is presented in multiple local or regional conferences.

Based on ten past national conferences and last year’s successful Converging Roads conference in Nashville, we are expecting strong local participation. Health care professionals receive continuing medical education credits, insight from national level speakers, and the opportunity for networking with local health care professionals.

Life is a gift which is to be gratefully received, welcomed and nurtured. We are stewards of life meant to be its servants. …We may see ourselves to be of limited influence in addressing such social issues but we can make an effort to make a difference.  –Late Most Rev. David R. Choby, Bishop of Diocese of Nashville



  • 7:30 am
    • Registration
  • 8:00 am
    • Mass
  • 8:45 am
    • Registration/Breakfast
  • 9:00 am
    • Welcome & Opening Comments
  • 9:15 - 10:15 am
    • When Does Life Begin:  The Science
    • Maureen Condic, Ph.D.
  • 10:20 - 11:20 am
    • Ethical and Medical Considerations
    • Regarding Refusal to Vaccinate
    • Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D.
    • J. Paul Gray, M.D.
  • 11:20 - 12:45 am
    • Confessions
  • 11:30 - 12:30 am
    • Lunch
  • 12:45 - 1:45 pm
    • Threats to Religious Liberty and Rights of Conscience: Avoiding
    • Cooperation with Abortion
    • Greg Schleppenbach, Associate Director
    • Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, USCCB
  • 1:50 - 2:50 pm
    • In Vitro Fertilization & Embryo Adoption
    • Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D.
  • 2:50 - 3:05 pm
    • Break
  • 3:05 - 4:05 pm
    • Loss of a Child to Miscarriage or In Early Life;
    • Perinatal Hospice and Pastoral Care
    • Stephen J. Hilgers, M.D., J.D., C.F.C.M.C.
    • J. Paul Gray, M.D.,
    • Fr. John O’Neill
  • 4:10 - 5:10 pm
    • Napro Technology:  A Life Affirming Option
    •  Stephen J. Hilgers, M.D., J.D., C.F.C.M.C.
  • 5:15 - 6:15 pm
    • Wine and Cheese Reception


President and Founder

Arland K. Nichols, PhD (cand.) is president and founder of the St. John Paul II Foundation. For nearly a decade Arland taught at a Catholic high school and worked at an international nonprofit. During those years he became a popular speaker, successful writer, and he established the groundwork for launching the St. John Paul II Foundation. Arland earned a BA in philosophy from Texas A&M, an MDiv in Theology from University of St. Thomas, and is completing a PhD in bioethics from Regina Apostolorum in Rome. With the generous support of his wife, Cindy, and their ten children, Arland is blessed to lead the St. John Paul II Foundation as it becomes the foremost Catholic non-profit proclaiming the Good News of life and family.

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For More Information Contact:
Aubrie Miller, Conference Coordinator
[email protected]





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