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Spirituality and Ethics Lectures Examine End-of-Life Issues  

Would you like to enhance your perspective of end-of-life issues in medicine and law?

Join Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology for its Spirituality and Ethics Lecture Series. Open to the public, this insightful event will be held over the course of three Thursdays – May 8, 15 and 22 – from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Ridgewood, New Jersey. The lectures will be led by Reverend John Grimm, S.T.L., J.D., Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics at the School of Theology. The fee to attend is $10 per lecture or $25 for all three. Pre-registration is preferred; please contact Deborah Kurus at (973) 313-6329 or kurusdeb@shu.edu.

The lecture schedule is as follows:

May 8: The Case for Life in the Face of Death
This lecture will discuss the spirituality of accepting declining health, physical limitations and suffering; preparing for the process of dying and the event of death; and living an authentic Christian outlook toward death.

May 15: How to Make the Right Medical Decision
Participants will contemplate the ethics of end-of-life decision making, using the Church’s teachings as an indispensable guide to navigating the maze of ethical issues. The lecture will explore our Christian understanding of true human dignity – that we are created in God’s image as the stewards, not the absolute owners, of our gift of life.

May 22: Witnessing for the Defense (of Life): The Law and End-of-Life Decisions
Participants will gain insight into the legal considerations at the end of life; patient rights, advance directives and statutory concerns; and understanding natural law and its application to man-made law.

In addition to his position as Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics, Father Grimm also serves as a member of the Seminary’s formation faculty. He completed an internship at the National Catholic Bioethics Center, which has published two of his articles. Previously serving as an advisor and spokesman on bioethics issues for the Diocese of Wilmington, Father testified numerous times before the Delaware State Legislative Committees and the State Senate on bioethics issues.

The series is sponsored by the School of Theology’s Institute for Christian Spirituality, and the International Catholic Lawyers’ Society, New Jersey Chapter.

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For more information, please contact:

  • Deborah Kurus
  • (973) 313-6329
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