On April 16, 2013, Santa Teresita hosted a Bio-Ethics Seminar which included presentations on “End of Life Issues” by Father Joseph Howard and Dr. Fritz Baumgartner. Below is a response from an attendee: 

First of all, thank you for being interested in the field of bioethics. The world of science is progressing very fast, changes happen very rapidly, and I firmly believe that we need to keep abreast of them. It isn’t so easy to find a bioethics seminar here in southern California, and I jumped with joy when I read on your website that you were offering one.

I attended and was not disappointed. Having ample opportunity to meet the other 40 participants, I met nurses, administrators, family members, Carmelite Sisters, and the presenters who were most knowledgeable. Kudos for pairing up a bioethicist and a physican who is a medical director of a skilled nursing center. It made for an insightful, thought-provoking, interplay of perspectives in this field.

I was excited to learn these perspectives regarding end-of-life issues in particular. Santa Teresita’s mission to be “At the Service of the Family for Life” is awesome! I had heard about Santa Teresita, but having now visited your Neighborhood of Care personally, I am able to see firsthand the great work you are doing. Keep it up! I need you. The world needs you.


“End of Life Issues”
Bioethics Seminar

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
8:00-3:00
Madonna Hall at Santa Teresita
Presentations by Rev. Joseph Howard, Jr. STL and Dr. Fritz Baumgartner

Join us for this informational and engaging seminar at Santa Teresita in Duarte, California.  Some of the topics that will be presented are “HHS Mandate and its Implications” and “End of Life Issues- Physician’s Perspective”.  This day will also include time for questions,  discussions, and the celebration of the Holy Mass.

Santa Teresita Medical Center is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing
Provider Number: CEP 418 for five contact hours.


Rev. Joseph Howard, Jr. STL

A graduate of Jesuit high School in Shreveport, Louisiana, Joseph Howard continued his studies at Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Sciences, then attended graduate studies there at the School of Medicine. In 1984 he earned his Master’s Degree in theology with Specialization in Moral Theology and Bioethics at St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, Maryland.

Father Howard was ordained on June 24, 1989 for the Diocese of Shreveport, Louisiana. Among other awards, he was the recipient of the Pope John Paul II award for Outstanding Contributions in Defense of Catholic Doctrine from the Archdiocese of Miami, Florida in 2003. He has had many affiliations and appointments, including consultant in Bioethics to both FOX and MSNBC National News TV Stations in Washington, D.C.

He was appointed consulting bioethicist to the Texas Catholic Conference in Austin, Texas by His Eminence, Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, Texas. With Davis E. Hargroder, Father Howard is co-founder of the JOHN PAUL II BIOETHICS COMMISSION. He is currently a member of the National Catholic Medical Association and a member of the Fellows of Catholic Scholars. Father Howard has written a vast list of publications.

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