CME Statements & Course Objectives
The conference is divided into three days of exploration of body wounds, mind wounds and spirit wounds. The mornings will predominantly focus on the woundedness. The afternoons will primarily focus on healing. Each session will be moderated by one of our Catholic medical students. Each session will cover the science and art of medicine in our modern world. Each session will attempt to outline many of the issues which affect our patients that lead to their suffering and how we, as authentically Catholic healthcare providers can recognize these ‘dis-eases’ and offer Christ’s healing through modern medical alternatives which are consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church.
The Imitation of Christ as Healer: Because Jesus has the only legitimate healing ministry, we equip Christians to heal by teaching them to imitate Christ. Jesus equipped the apostles to heal by taking them on tour with Him. They saw Him healing in many circumstances. Then Jesus sent them out with authority to heal as He healed. They simply imitated Jesus. Wednesday evening will offer reflections on woundedness and healing.
Every day begins with rosary, confessions and the Holy sacrifice of the mass. We will have a 24/7 adoration chapel. Each session will be opened with prayer and a scripture reference. On Saturday, we will have our annual St. Luke’s White mass celebrated by Archbishop Charles Chaput.
- THURSDAY: BODY WOUNDS The morning will open with a review of the damage of our culture from contraception. The issues of our rampant epidemic of breast cancer will be reviewed, especially in light of hormonal contraception and abortion. The details of assisted reproductive technology will be seen in true light of its attempts to ‘control life’ and its consequences leading to over 500,000 frozen embryos. Finally, we will have an honest discussion of the ramifications of abortion from a former abortion provider. The afternoon will then present alternatives of medical natural family planning and its inclusion in medical school curricula, NaPro technology, healing from abortions through ministry of Rachel’s Vineyard and the value of crisis pregnancy centers and why we should not morally or ethically cooperate with any type of assisted reproductive technology when NaPro technology has better results.
- FRIDAY: MIND WOUNDS The morning sessions will review the most common psychological and medical issues associated with pornography and sexual addiction, both of these issues leading to a significant impact on our marriages ending in divorce. Also to be explored are the ramifications, including medical, social and psychological issues surrounding same sex attraction and informed consent. The afternoon will offer opportunities to explore the healings of pornography, marital healing, forgiveness, God’s plan for a joy-filled marriage and Theology of the Body principles for sexual conflict resolution.
- SATURDAY: SPIRIT WOUNDS The morning session will explore the nature of evil as presented by a church certified exorcist who knows evil first hand. We will look at the vices which permeate our culture and leading to its wounds. Later in the morning, offerings will be made to help win the culture war and heal our wounded culture, our conference theme. The afternoon sessions will lead us through virtue, prayer and the sacraments and their necessity for healing, being necessary not only for the wounded but also the healthcare provider, who themselves are wounded. Finally, the ultimate healing of the Eucharist and the ultimate example of woundedness in Christ will be offered by Archbishop Chaput at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul. The visual aspects of two statues represent what the conference is all about. The scourged Christ and the resurrected Christ, healed but still with the wounds of the crucifixion as a reminder of how we can imitate Him to those presenting themselves for healing.