St. Luke Guild schedules end of life care seminar, cancer discussion

stlukeHealth care professionals in the Diocese of Knoxville looking for guidance in providing appropriate end of life care for patients can benefit from a seminar being given this month by the St. Luke Guild of East Tennessee.

The seminar, called “Death and Dying: Principles of End of Life Care for the Health Care Professional,” will be held Saturday, April 27, at St. John Neumann Church, 633 St. John Court in Farragut. The day will begin with Mass at 8 a.m., followed by seminar registration.

Paul Simoneau, Diocese of Knoxville vice chancellor and Office of Peace and Justice director, will discuss “The Mystery of Suffering: Philosophical and Theological Concepts of Suffering.”

Sister Mariana Koonce, RSM, MD, will then deliver a presentation on “Application of Principles to End of Life Care.”

Father Randy Stice, diocesan director of worship and liturgy and associate pastor at The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, will complete the seminar with a presentation on “Anointing of the Sick: What Every Health Care Provider Needs to Know.”

The seminar, which concludes at noon, offers free continuing medical education credits to attendees. To register, RSVP to Emily Jacobssen at or 865-584-3307. More information is available at

According to the St. Luke Guild, the seminar has been planned and implemented in accordance with the essential areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of Methodist Medical Center and St. Luke Guild. Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge is accredited by the Medical Association of Georgia to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The St. Luke Guild is an organization of Catholic health-care professionals within the Diocese of Knoxville. Its mission is to provide a means for Catholic health-care professionals in East Tennessee to live out their vocation by applying the art and science of the healing professions to the glory of God among neighbors in the region.

The Guild’s purpose is to:
* Educate in the principles of the Catholic faith in the science and practice of medicine, particularly in the realm of medical ethics.
* Provide Catholic health care to the poor and underserved people of East Tennessee through voluntary service in a diocesan mobile clinic.
* Grow together in a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, who is the source and foundation of all that we do.

Also, the St. Luke Guild on Monday, April 22, is sponsoring a presentation by noted cancer authority Dr. Rudy Navari, who is a medical oncologist, clinical director a the Harper Cancer Institute at Indiana University’s School of Medicine and an adjunct professor of biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame.

Dr. Navari will discuss the raging controversies regarding appropriate levels of screening for breast, prostate, colon, ovarian and lung cancer in otherwise health adults. He will explain the recommendations and controversies associated with the screenings and provide guidance in making decisions with personal physicians.

A question and answer session will immediately follow Dr. Navari’s remarks.

Dr. Navari’s discussion will be held in the University of Tennessee Medical Center’s Visitor’s Conference Room just inside the main entrance. There is no admission fee for the program, which is a Hesburgh Alumni Lecture being held in conjunction with the Notre Dame Alumni Association, the University of Tennessee Medical Center Cancer Institute, Blessed John XXIII University Catholic Center and the Rotary Club of Farragut.

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