4/20: Doctor-Prescribed Suicide Presentation

Doctor-prescribed suicide presentation: 4/20

On April 20th, 7pm, in DiGiovanni Hall of St. Paul's Church, please join us for an insightful lecture entitled Doctor-Prescribed Suicide: Consequences and Relevant Viewpoints. This presentation will feature Dr. Helen Jackson, President of the Guild of St. Luke and a physician at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, as well as Fr. Roger Landry, an alumnus of Harvard College and noted preacher of the Diocese of Fall River, MA. Refreshments will be provided. This important event is co-sponsored by the St. Paul's Church Pro-Life Committee, Harvard Right to Life, Harvard Knights of Columbus and Daughters of Isabella, Harvard Law School Society for Law Life and Religion, Harvard-Radcliffe Catholic Student Association, and Massachusetts Citizens for Life, Inc. All are welcome to attend this free event! For more information about St. Paul's Pro-life programming, please visit SaintPaulLife.Blogspot.com -- thank you.

For your convenience, resources from the Archdiocese of Boston are linked here,
and our speakers' full biographical information is below.

Dr. Helen Jackson is a dame of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and a board certified OB/Gyn in private practice, with an office in Brookline and admitting privileges at Saint Elizabeth's Medical Center in Brighton, MA. Active as a physician for over 40 years, she graduated from R. G. Kar Medical School in Calcutta and won the prestigious Calcutta University Gold Medal in Jurisprudence in 1965. She has held a number of clinical appointments, such as Assistant Professor in the Department of OB/Gyn at Tufts University School of Medicine (1974-1976) and was active as an OB/Gyn physician at Harvard University Health Services in the Longwood Medical Area (1976). A member of the Massachusetts Medical Society since 1978, she helped to revive the Guild of St. Luke in 1990, serving as its president since 2000. Most recently, Dr. Jackson was appointed Director of Doctors for the Healthcare Professionals for Divine Mercy network in 2008. An advocate for Catholic teaching in medicine, she has testified at the State House on a number of critical bills, such as physician-assisted suicide (twice), partial-birth abortion, morning-after pill, and on informed consent.

Fr. Roger Landry is a fourth degree Knight of Columbus and priest of the Diocese of Fall River, where he is pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in New Bedford, as well as Executive Editor of The Anchor, the diocesan weekly newspaper. After receiving his biology degree from Harvard College in 1992, he studied for the priesthood in Emmitsburg, Toronto, and several years in Rome, where he did his advanced academic work at the John Paul II Institute for Studies in Marriage and Family. An outspoken preacher, often featured across media like CatholicTV and the New York Times, he teaches widely on the thought of Blessed John Paul II, particularly his Theology of the Body and his Pastoral Theology of Young People; he lectures on current controversial issues and regularly preaches retreats and workshops for priests, religious and lay people. In 2004, he co-founded the Donum Vitae Center for Bioethics, in order to make Catholic bioethical teaching accessible to non-specialists. He has been the subject of key profiles in USA Today (2002), National Catholic Register (2003), and Columbia Magazine (2004).