Marian Helper Spring 2024

In a world increasingly impacted by the culture of death, the work of Healthcare Professionals for Divine Mercy is more vital than ever. The apostolate, officially affiliated with the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, will be holding its 19th annual Divine Mercy Medicine, Bioethics, and Spirituality Conference June 5-6, followed by a half-day retreat on June 7, on the grounds of the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. “It is a wonderful privilege to be able to have daily Mass at the Shrine, and the opportunity to meet both other healthcare professionals from around the country and the Marian Fathers,” said apostolate founder Marie Romagnano, MSN, RN, CCM-R. The conference will focus on the role of compassion and mercy in healthcare. A deep commitment to compassion is the pathway to acts of mercy and love. “Our world is calling for compassion as a powerful force behind health care delivery,” explained Nurse Marie. “The necessity of compassion in healthcare has become increasingly more evident with the pandemic and compounded by many social issues healthcare professionals face today.” A Catholic healthcare pioneer One of the featured keynote speakers at the conference will be Dr. Robin Goldsmith, president and chief medical officer of the St. Gianna Molla Clinic in De Pere, Wisconsin, speaking on “The Need for Courage and Compassion in Catholic Primary Care” and “The Gospel of Life at the End of Life.” Dr. Goldsmith co-founded the St. Gianna Clinic in 2014. It was given a formal decree as the first “Catholic Teaching Clinic” in the country by Bishop David Ricken. The clinic continues to grow and serves as a sustainable, replicable model for the entire country, providing truly excellent, truly faithful medical care for all people while evangelizing to patients and families throughout the Diocese of Green Bay and beyond. Highlights Other highlights of the conference, which offers Continuing Education Credit for healthcare professionals, will include: l Most Rev. Joe Roesch, MIC, MA, STL, superior general of the Marian Fathers, speaking on “Practicing FaithBased Virtues as the Key to Compassionate and Merciful Care in the Healthcare Setting.” l Dr. Christopher Klofft, STD, speaking on “Just War Theory and the Challenges of 21 st Century Conflict.” l Fr. Kazimierz Chwalek, MIC, BA, STB, speaking on “Patient Care of the Dying with the Divine Mercy Message and Devotion: Approach of Pastoral Care.” l Nurse Marie Romagnano, speaking on “The Five-Minute Spiritual Assessment for Any Healthcare Professional and Joint Commission Guidelines” and “Adoption viewed from Medical, Ethical and Family Perspective.” Visit TheDivineMercy.org/healthcare for more information about the apostolate and to register for the conference. Calling All Healthcare Professionals! 19th Annual Divine Mercy Medicine, Bioethics, and Spirituality Conference Healthcare professionals desiring to learn how to integrate their faith in their practice: Join us at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy! Visit TheDivineMercy.org/bioethics or call 413-298-1303. Save the Date: June 5-7 24 Marian Helper • Spring 2024 • Marian.org

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