Theology of the Body Event at St. Bernard’s!

From Dr. Kuhner

I am excited to invite you to a unique event for teens and parents on the topic of Theology of the Body and Fertility Awareness, taking place at Saint Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry! Recognizing the ever-increasing challenges posed by cultural trends, a highly qualified team of medical professionals and catechetical leaders will provide an evening of education and discussion, firmly grounded in the teachings of the Catholic Church, that will explore the significance of our sexuality within God’s plan and what it means to live free and healthy lives with regard to our sexuality and fertility.

WhatFully Alive! Health and Freedom: Understanding the Body. An Introduction to Theology of the Body, Health and Fertility Awareness

Who: Fr. Peter Van Lieshout (Pastor, St. Peter’s Parish)

Mrs. Rebecca Mitrousis (Youth Minister, Church of the Holy Spirit, Penfield)

Mr. David Klosterman (Catholic School Teacher)

Dr. Angela Kristan (University of Rochester Medical Center)

Mrs. Anne Olek, (Family Nurse Practitioner and Creighton Model FertilityCare Practitioner and Educator)

Dr. Paul Carpenter (Medical Director, Gianna Center of Long Island for Women’s Health & Fertility at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center of Catholic Health Services)

Mrs. Jaqueline Tomko (Board Certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner)

When: Friday, April 26th,  6-9pm

Where: St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry, 120 French Road, Rochester, NY

The speakers will address the following questions (and many others):

  • What is the relationship between sexuality and the sacred?
  • Why did God create us as body and soul?
  • What does it mean to live a healthy life with regard to sexuality?
  • How do nutrition and lifestyle affect my body and my fertility?
  • How can learning about how my body and my fertility work help my overall health?

The event will include a taco dinner. There will be a $10 fee per family, to cover the cost of food and speakers.

Please register online before April 24th via the following link:

The Pictorial Evidence of the Passion Seen on the Shroud of Turin


Please attend this unique presentation by Shroud forensic expert Giorgio Bracaglia who will describe evidence on the Shroud of Christ’s four wounds: Crown of Thorns, Scourging, Wrist Wounds, and Pierced Side. Segments of the award-winning documentary on the Shroud, titled “The Silent Witness,” will be shown, and documentary Director David Rolfe will Skype in from Europe to join Giorgio Bracaglia for an interactive Q&A session with the audience.

Thursday, February 28, 2019, from 5:30-8:00 pm
St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry
120 French Rd, Rochester, NY 14618

Light appetizers start at 5:30 pm
Shroud presentation from 6-7: 30 pm
Dessert and conversation until 8 pm.

Link to the flyer for Giorgio Bracaglia’s talk…

President’s Update – June 2018

I am happy to report on the tremendous success of our first ever Conference, which took place last month. The Conference, jointly sponsored by all the Guilds of Western New York, was focused on multiple issues affecting all those who practice the art of medicine while trying to adhere to Catholic principles. Over 100 attendees
were enriched by the insights of our speakers, Father McTeigue, Wesley Smith and Drs. Anne Nolte and Thomas Carroll. We are grateful for their insights regarding conscience protection, spiritual concerns, women’s fertility and end of life care.

The evaluations by those in attendance were uniformly positive. There are no other local organizations, besides our Guilds, positioned to address the many moral issues our Society faces regarding protection of the dignity of each and every human being by our health care delivery system. The audience appreciated our efforts to promote the infinite value of the human person, in contrast to a modern culture that seems to march to a steady drumbeat of the exaltation of personal autonomy and relativism.

We would be remiss if we did not express our sincere appreciation for the support and guidance of our Bishops. His Excellency, Salvatore Matano, Bishop of Rochester, celebrated the White Mass to a full crowd following the Conference. Knowing our mission is centered on the absolute Truth, Way and Life of Jesus Christ gives us hope and strength. Our Bishops remind us of our vision of imitating Jesus Christ in our personal and professional lives.

Mario Dickerson, MTS, Executive Director of the Catholic Medical Association, was invited to address us concerning the mission of the CMA. The growth of the CMA has been extraordinary over the recent past. The organization is positioned to address our concerns on a national level and support the growth of the regional Guilds.

The Finger Lakes Guild is committed to supporting all members of the Health Care community seeking to adhere to Catholic values. This recent Conference was evidence of that commitment. Please keep us in your prayers and be sure to include any future events on your calendars.