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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 Assembly.

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:

Peter Wolfgang-

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 Connecticut Bar.

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 the Body.

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