Physician Assisted Suicide Information
The Connecticut Catholic Public Affairs
Conference, Archdiocese of Hartford Pro-Life Ministry, Diocese of
Bridgeport Office for Pastoral Services - Respect Life Office, and
the Family Institute of Connecticut sponsored four information
sessions on Physician Assisted Suicide for Connecticut Catholics and
friends during November 2014. Speakers discussed the Catholic
understanding of assisted suicide, the latest on palliative, hospice
and hospital care, and what is happening at the Connecticut General
You can view each of the panelist's
presentation by clicking on the corresponding thumbnail below.
Biographies of each of the presenters are below the videos.
Physician Assisted Suicide Panelists:
Mr. Wolfgang is President of FIC Action and Executive
Director of the Family Institute of Connecticut. He
became Executive Director of the Family Institute of
Connecticut in 2007. Mr. Wolfgang holds a Juris
Doctorate from UCONN School of Law and is a member of the
Dr. Joseph Andrews-
Dr. Andrews came to The Connecticut Hospice in September
2007 as the Chief of the Medical Staff and Chairman of The
Connecticut Palliative Physicians Group. Presently,
Dr. Andrews is serving on the Governor’s Palliative Care
Advisory Committee and has testified before the State
Legislature on matters including assisted suicide, medical
ethics, and the legalization of marijuana.
Sister Suzanne Gross, F.S.E.-
Sister Suzanne is the Program Coordinator of the Pro-Life
Ministry in the Archdiocese of Hartford. Sister has
been at the Franciscan Life Center since September 200, and
has been Administrator of Franciscan Home Care and Hospice
Care since 1987, a licensed home health care and hospice
care provider. She is also a member of the guest
faculty on “End of Life Issues” for the National Catholic
Bioethics Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Sister John Mary Sullivan, F.S.E.-
Sister John Mary is a Franciscan Sister of the Eucharist
and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at the
Franciscan Life Center in Meriden, Connecticut. She
holds a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a
Master’s Degree in Theological Studies. Sister John
Mary has given presentations nationwide on the Theology of
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