Medical Assistance in Dying: Why the Catholic Church thinks the Way it Does – July 7-9, 2017

On June 17, 2016, the Government of Canada passed into law Bill C-14, approving medically assisted dying.  The Catholic Church affirms and believes that the deliberate taking of a human life goes against the dignity of the human person and the belief that all human life is sacred. But why does the Catholic Church take this position?  How can the Church’s position be explained in a simple and straightforward way?  What is the difference between medically assisted dying and euthanasia?  What response does the Church provide for those contemplating – either for themselves or for a loved one- medically assisted death?

This workshop is for anyone, Catholic or not, who is seeking deeper answers to the issue of medically assisted dying, which is now part of the fabric of Canadian life and Canadian health-care services.  Whether you are a pastoral worker, parish volunteer, health-care professional, teacher, or are simply wondering what medically assisted dying means from a Christian faith-based perspective, this workshop is for you.

The Presenter:  David B. Perrin, Ph.D.

David B. Perrin, Ph.D. is a Roman Catholic priest and full-time professor at St. Jerome’s University in Waterloo, Ontario.  He has been teaching Christian ethics and spirituality since 1995.  As a professional educator, academic speaker and author, as well as a popular workshop and retreat director, he has given conferences, workshops and retreats on a range of topics in Canada, the United States and Europe.  He is the author of Studying Christian Spirituality (Routledge, 2007).

Private/Single $310, Shared/Double $290, Commuter $210 (Meals included)

Early Bird Price:  Register by May 16th – Single/$290, Double/$270, Commuter/$190

The program begins Friday, July 7th (7 p.m.) and ends Sunday, July 9th (1 p.m.)


Schedule for the weekend:

Friday, July 7

7 – 8:30 p.m. “What are We Talking About?: Setting the Context. Some Fundamental Definitions”

9:00 p.m. Evening Prayer

Saturday, July 8

8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer

9 – 10 a.m. “Divergent Moral Views: The Catholic Perspective”


10:15 – 11 a.m. “The Communitarian Dignity of the Self:  Beyond the Basics.  How Did We Get to Where We Are Today?  The Communitarian Imago Dei”

12 noon lunch

2:30 – 4 p.m. “Freedom and Conscience Rights in a Faith Context: How Do You Decide? Challenges Faced by the Medical Professional”

5:30 supper

7 – 8:30 p.m. Screening of Film:  Euthanasia Deception (2016) followed by discussion

9:00 p.m. Evening Prayer

Sunday, July 9

8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer

9 – 10:30 a.m. “What Does the Law Say in Canada/Ontario? A Catholic Response”

11 a.m. Catholic Mass

12 noon lunch/closing


To Register – please fill out the program application form and send to Galilee Centre along with your $50 deposit cheque. 

Click here to view the application form!