83rd Annual Educational Conference
Courage in Medicine: Defending and Proclaiming the Faith in the New Evangelization
The CMA’s 2014 annual educational conference, to be held September 25-27, 2014, will begin by exploring the grave threats posed by a radical and progressive secularization of society and its impact on the profession of medicine. World-class speakers will highlight the ways in which healthcare professionals are on the front lines of a battle between good and evil—a battle that has raged throughout all of salvation history and that is still waged daily in the choices made by Catholic physicians. Speakers will then proceed to examine moral courage and the pivotal role it plays in enabling medical professionals to remain consistent in pursuing the good, and steadfast in the face of opposition and difficulty. In these challenging times, those in the profession of medicine will require “courage to contradict the prevailing mindset...and the courage to stand firm in the truth.” (Pope Benedict XVI) Finally, speakers will address the mission of healthcare professionals to re-evangelize not only the medical profession, but also the culture itself, by joyfully and courageously defending and proclaiming the truths of the Faith in their daily lives and in the practice of medicine.
The 2014 annual educational conference, like CMA conferences in the past, will provide a spiritually uplifting experience with daily Mass, rosary, confessions, and Eucharistic Adoration. In addition, several new spiritual opportunities have been added. Ignatian Spiritual Exercises will be featured at the Wednesday evening reflection, as well as tailored for healthcare professionals in special reflection exercises each morning. During afternoon breaks, the Divine Mercy Chaplet will be prayed. And a pre-conference pilgrimage to St. Augustine, Florida, to visit both the Mission Nombre de Dios (America’s first mission established in 1565) and the Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche (America’s oldest Marian Shrine), will be offered.
The 2014 conference will take place at Universal Orlando’s Loew’s Portofino Bay Hotel, a stunning re-creation of the real Mediterranean seaside village of Portofino, Italy. On-site hotel guests will enjoy special theme park benefits, such as complimentary transportation (including water taxis connecting the hotels and Universal theme parks) and Universal Express ride access, allowing guests to move to the front of waiting lines for rides.
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The Catholic Medical Association gratefully recognizes the generous contributions of our sponsors, who are integral to the success of the 2014 conference and CMA's mission!