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Rediscovering Joy in Health Care conference

The keynote speaker will be Father Nicanor Pier Giorgio Austriaco, OP
The keynote speaker will be Father Nicanor Pier Giorgio Austriaco, OP
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Professionals in health care and supporting disciplines, as well as clergy and individuals who provide care for others, are invited to gain new tools to develop resiliency and renewal at the "Rediscovering Joy in Health Care — The Call to Virtue & Holiness Bioethics Conference."

The conference will be held at St. Catherine University and the University of St. Thomas, Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29.

The keynote address will be delivered Friday evening at St. Catherine University by Reverend Nicanor Pier Giorgio Austriaco, OP, associate professor of biology at Providence College, Providence, Rhode Island, and author of Biomedicine and Beatitude: An introduction to Catholic Bioethics.

He is a member of the Order of Friars Preachers, also known as the Dominicans and is a native of the Philippines. He earned a bachelor’s degree in bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and a doctorate in biology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a fellow of MIT's Howard Hughes Medical Institute and also at the International Human Frontier Science Program at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research at the University College London in the United Kingdom.

Additional presenters

  • Dr. Michael Cady, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Minnesota Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Dianne Johnson, Radiation Oncology, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis
  • Rev. Thomas Knoblach, Consultant for Health Care Ethics, Diocese of St. Cloud
  • Dr. Mary Paquette, Family Practice, AALFA Family Clinic, White Bear Lake

Schedule and online registration

Registration closes March 14. More information and registration at


The conference is sponsored by Curatio, with additional support from St. Catherine University's Myser Initiative on Catholic Identity and Henrietta Schmoll School of Health; University of St. Thomas Center for Catholic Studies; The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis; The Catholic Medical Association Twin Cities Chapter; and Catholic Physicians Guild.

Relatated content:

"Curatio conference integrates faith and health care," in The Catholic Spirit.

Relevant Radio interviewed conference presenters Diane Johnson and Dr. Mary Paquette.

March 7, 2014 by Julie Michener

See also: Catholic Identity, Healthcare