Marian Helper Spring_2013 - page 13

Healthcare conference set for April
The Ninth Annual “Medicine, Bioethics,
and Spirituality Conference,” sponsored by
Healthcare Professionals for Divine Mercy, an
apostolate of the Marian Fathers, will take
place Wednesday, April 10, and Thursday,
April 11, on the campus of the College of the
Holy Cross, Worcester, Mass.
“We are excited once again to be presenting
this conference at Holy Cross,” says Marie
Romagnano, RN, founder and director of
Healthcare Professionals for Divine Mercy.
Nurse Marie says that the Most Rev. Robert
McManus, Bishop of Worcester, will again
chair the panel discussion. The discussion,
always one of the conference’s highlights, will
have as its theme, “To Live and Die with
Dignity: The Role of Palliative Care.”
Speakers include Fr. Germain Kopaczynski,
OFM, Conv., Catholic bioethicist and former
director of education for the National Catholic
Bioethics Center; Dr. Scot Bateman, MD, divi-
sion chief, Pediatric Critical Care, University of
Massachusetts Medical School; Fr. Joe Roesch,
MIC, vicar general, Marian Fathers; Sr. M.
Donata Farbaniec, OLM, Sisters of Our Lady of
Mercy; Nurse Marie; Fr. Seraphim Michalenko,
MIC, theologian, author, and former director of
the Association of Marian Helpers; the Very
Rev. Fr. Kazimierz Chwalek, MIC, provincial
superior, Mother of Mercy Province, Marian
Fathers; Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, director of
the Association of Marian Helpers and noted
author; Dr. Mark Rollo, MD; and Dr. Lucy
Bayer-Zwirello, MD, chief of maternal fetal
medicine, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center and
Tufts University.
The conference includes a wide range of
topics pertaining to bioethics. Education cred-
its are available for nurses, doctors, social
workers, pastoral caregivers, and other allied
healthcare professionals.
Cenacles are ideal for the Year of Faith
“Proclaim that mercy is the greatest attrib-
ute of God. All the works of My hands are
crowned with mercy,” Jesus told St. Faustina
, 301). ThisYear of Faith is an ideal time
to learn about God’s greatest attribute, that of
His Divine Mercy.
One popular way to learn about Divine Mercy
with group support is to either join or form a
Eucharistic Apostles of The Divine Mercy
(EADM) cenacle. The format uses the
Diary of St.
and integrates Scripture and the
Catechism of the Catholic Church
into faith shar-
ing, prayer, and works of mercy for small groups.
“We have over 3,000 cenacles in the United
States and are now active in 35 countries,” says
EADM Founder and Director Bryan Thatcher,
MD. “The
is so rich in spirituality that it is
a must read for those wishing to grow in faith
and trust in God. All we did was provide a guided
format through the
, and it is has become
popular and spread like wildfire.
“Another option is to watch Series One and
Two of the
Cenacle of The Divine Mercy
that have aired on EWTN. Each 13-part series
features a group discussion on a particular
theme of Divine Mercy and comes with a study
guide complete with questions for discussion,”
says Dr. Thatcher.
In the News:
Marians’ Divine Mercy Apostolates
The Most Rev. Robert McManus (left), Bishop of
Worcester, Mass., will chair the panel discussion “To
Live and Die with Dignity: The Role of Palliative Care”
this April at the Healthcare conference in Worcester.
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