Recent Events

October 28, 2023

Diocesan Mass for Healthcare Professionals

Traditionally known as the White Mass, so named by the color worn by those in the healing profession of medicine, gathers health care professionals under the patronage of St. Luke to ask God’s blessing upon the patient doctor,  nurse, and caregiver alike.

Cynthia Jones-Nosacek, MD – The Harms of Removing Conscience from Medicine

Mike Aquilina – The Healing Imperative: How the Church Invented the Hospital

Bishop Matano celebrated Holy Mass at at St. John Fisher University in the Hermance Family Chapel of St. Basil the Great

Event Sponsors

  • Finger Lakes Guild of the Catholic Medical Association
  • St. John Fisher University School of Nursing
  • St. John Fisher University School of Pharmacy
  • St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry

August 16, 2023

State-Wide Conference and Retreat

Living by the Light: Virtue, Ethics, and Professionalism: Addressing Medical Conscience Rights and the Formation of Conscience

Summer Soiree

July 13, 2023 from 7 to 9pm

Our traditional summer gathering is BACK!

If you’re a healthcare professional, the Summer Soiree if for you! This is a great opportunity to hobnob (in a relaxed, “backyard,” setting) with the Guild Board, members, and many others!

If, on the other hand, you’re not a healthcare professional and are rather simply interested in healthcare (even “only” as a patient…or even a potential patient of our medical system]…this is also for you! We’d love to have you join us!

Food and drinks will be provided. Families (including children) are welcome!

We hope to see you there!

The Female Cycle as the 5th Vital Sign – Free FACTS Talk

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July 19, 2023 from 7 to 8:30pm at St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry

This talk will be presented by our very own Dr. Angela Kristan (Guild President) and Dr. Elissa Sanchez-Speach (Board Member and previously Guild President). It is open to anyone and everyone…and…the target audience is practicing medical professional and students. This includes, medical students, nursing students, nurses, physician assistance, nurse practitioners, and physicians.

This talk will be free to charge to all. If you would like to obtain CME credit for this, there are 1.5 AMA Category 1 credits available with an associated (reasonable!) cost.

Fertility Appreciation Collaborative to Teach the Science (aka FACTS) is…

…a group of physicians, healthcare professionals and educators working together to provide information about natural or fertility awareness based methods of family planning with the medical community.

Mass of Healing for Miscarriage and Infant Loss

Thank you to everyone to joined us on April 3rd…and…a very special thank you to St. Stanislaus Parish and Fr. Roman for the warm welcome!

For those who many not know, our local Elizabeth Ministry provides support to families who have suffered miscarriage and/or infant loss. These losses are a source of deep suffering for many, which is only compounded by the silence and isolation that often surrounds them.

Please know that such losses are much more common that many realize…there is both help available…and… our Lord is the Source of All Hope. He is always available to us, even in life’s darkest moments!

Catholic Conversations – Death with True Dignity

Videos are now available, check them out here!

Thank you to Mt. Carmel House, St. Bernard’s and the Diocese of Rochester for partnering to make this event possible!

Despite being forced to go “remote-only” we had a great morning! Thank you to everyone who took part!

We are in the process of editing video of the opening four talks. We will make them available as soon as possible!

Among the important topics we address were…

  • Why does the Church teach that? (Foundations of Catholic Teaching)
  • Does Hospice mean I’m giving up?
  • I don’t need a Health Care Proxy because my wife will make decisions if I can’t.
  • I don’t want Hospice because they’re going to kill me with morphine!
  • But if I start the feeding tube, then the Church says I can never stop it…right?

…and many more…

Catholic Wellness Answers

FLG President Tom Carroll was the featured guest on Catholic Wellness Answers, a webcast of MyCatholicDoctor, on November 9th from 8-9pm. He discussed Palliative Care including symptom management, advance care planning, end of life decisions/care, and how to talk to your doctor to make sure your wishes and values are known.

Thank you to everyone who made the Respect Life Mass a huge success. A packed Cathedral was a wonderful sight to behold!

Fr. Tad Pacholczyk at St. Bernard’s

Thank you to Fr. Tad for his outstanding presentation on scientific and moral issues related to COVID-19!

We had our first meeting of the summer on July 8.  Thank you to all how took part!  As a result of this meeting plans are in the works to organize a Mass for U of R Medical and Graduate students.  We’ll be announcing the date in the near future!

Devastating Consequences of Sex Trafficking on Women’s Health -Journal club

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Abortion Expansion in New York State: Working Toward a Local Catholic Response

9 May 2019 from 7-9pm, St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry We are very happy to have been part of this important event!  The panelists did a wonderful job highlighting important aspects of the recently passed abortion expansion law.  There was also vigorous discussion with the audience, with many great ideas shared, including some great organizations: Our local Elizabeth Ministry, whose members provide support to moms who have lost children to miscarriage. Sidewalk Advocates for Life, who peacefully pray outside of abortion facilities and offer alternatives to abortion for pregnant mothers. Feminists Choosing Life of New York who are in the early stages of planning a lawsuit to challenge abortion expansion in NY. Thank you to St. Bernard’s for hosting this panel discussion on such an important, and difficult, topic!

April 23rd at the University of Rochester

Thank you to the U of R Newman Center for organizing this wonderful event!
Finger Lakes Guild Board Members Dr. Angela Maupin Kristan and Dr. Jean Baric Parker participated in a panel discussion sponsored by the University of Rochester’s Catholic Newman Center, on the recently-passed NYS Reproductive Health Act (RHA).  They were joined by attorney Raul Tabara, Jr., who offered a legal perspective on the legislation.  About 35 students and community members attended the event.
Dr. Kristan described the increased medical risks of late-term abortion on the mother’s health, and highlighted the considerable deficiencies in rationale offered by the American College of Gynecologists (ACOG) in support of the RHA.
Dr. Baric Parker described that the Catholic Church’s opposition to abortion is based on the fact that it violates the human dignity of a human being, made ‘in the image and likeness of God,’ and she described Church documents going back to the first century which specifically condemn abortion.
A lively question and answer session followed the panel presentations.
Abortion Panel (2019-4-23 Newman) 2