Bishop Vasa scheduled to speak at March healthcare conference in San Francisco

Santa Rosa Bishop Robert Vasa will be the featured speaker at a “special banquet” on March 30, part of a three-day conference in San Francisco on Catholic healthcare. The bishop’s talk is entitled, “Giving Poisoned Water to the Thirsty.”

The March 29-31 conference — “Make Straight the Pathway” — is described by sponsors as “a first of its kind conference for religious and healthcare leaders.” It is a joint effort by the Archdiocese of San Francisco, the dioceses of Oakland, Sacramento, and Santa Rosa, the Christus Medicus Foundation, the Life Legal Defense Foundation, One More Soul and the Catholic Medical Association. 

Bishop Vasa is scheduled to speak at a 7 p.m. banquet at the Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco on the second day of the conference, March 30. “Join Bishop Vasa for dinner and an engaging discussion on healthcare reform, ‘Giving Poisoned Waters to the Thirsty,’” says a flyer promoting the event.

“Bishop Vasa is a pastor, teacher, and canon lawyer,” the flyer continues. “He is outspoken in his defense of Catholic doctrine and moral teachings, particularly related to healthcare and the life issues. Bishop Vasa has been vocal in his conviction that Catholic healthcare needs to be more intentionally Catholic.”

The cost of attending the banquet is $125, and RSVPs are required by March 23. Checks should be made payable to Life Legal Defense Foundation and mailed to LLDF, P.O. Box 2105, Napa, CA 94558.

The Hotel Kabuki is located at 1625 Post Street in San Francisco. A 6 p.m. reception will precede the banquet, scheduled to begin an hour later.

The three-day conference is designed to “provide tools and insights to Make Straight the Pathway through convoluted legislation and the challenges of practicing your faith while practicing medicine,” according to its sponsors.

Among the conference goals identified by sponsors are:

“Advocate for state and federal public policy that actively protects and promotes religious liberty and individual right of conscience in healthcare and allows all Americans to select qualified health plans that do not violate their religious liberty.

Develop Culture of Life Primary Care Medical Centers.

Establish a National Catholic Health Plan that is Christ-centered and consistent with the Ethical and Religious Directives (ERDs) of Catholic Healthcare.”

“This regional conference will draw primarily from California,” notes an entry about the conference on the LLDF website. “It is intended for members of the Catholic Medical Association, the Catholic Health Association, state Catholic Conferences, physicians, nurses, healthcare CEOs and administrators, healthcare workers, providers, healthcare consultants, and diocesan leaders. However, leaders from all states are encouraged to attend.”

The cost of attending the conference depends on how soon you register. For those registering before March 1, the cost is $290. For those registering after March 1, the cost is $325. Special rates are available for students and clergy. The cost of the banquet with Bishop Vasa is not included.

To register for the conference online, Click Here.



Posted Wednesday, February 29, 2012 8:31 AM By Laurette Elsberry
With Bishop Vasa a featured speaker, this should be a very worthwhile event.

Posted Wednesday, February 29, 2012 1:15 PM By BETH
Sound very educational. I’ve been using my CCC to make certain that my Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care is in accord with Church teaching, but I’m certain we could all learn from this conference – especially from a Faithful Canon Lawyer who is also a Bishop. (My last wishes include the Sacrament of Reconciliation if I am able, and the Sacrament of Annointing of the Sick. Pain killers are fine but not to withhold food and water.) Did you know that a Priest who administers the sacraments to someone in danger of death should not fail to impart the apostiolic blessing to which a plenary indulgence is attached (See indulgences at the point of death in Manual of Indulgences.) Wouldn’t it be great to go straight to Heaven rather than Purgatory !

Posted Wednesday, February 29, 2012 4:21 PM By MAH
For all registered nurses, there will be 9 continuing education units available at the conference. None are available for the dinner.

Posted Wednesday, February 29, 2012 7:27 PM By JLS
BETH, I’m glad you rely on your durable power of atty, since it guarantees the hospital staff will not forget where they put it, when the judge asks them why they didn’t follow it.

Posted Wednesday, February 29, 2012 8:02 PM By Michael P. Mc Crory
Worthwhile event , no doubt. I hear good things about this Bishop. It would be nice to attend. I pray that both events go great. I will just add it to the growing list of good catholic gatherings that I have had to forgo, for years , due to the entrance fee that goes with all of them now. How many of you out there find yourselves in the same boat? What ever happened to : “Freely received – freely it should be given” Does learning one’s Faith , ( like everything else today ), also have to be so costly? Thank God that the Blessed Sacrament is still free. Maybe I’m not missing much , after all.

Posted Thursday, March 01, 2012 2:39 AM By BETH
JLS, if you don’t have a durable power of attorney, you and your family could end up like the Terry Schivo case. The hospital staff (and the hospital) can be charged with murder if they do not follow a durable power of attorney for health care. This document puts the decision making into the hands of someone you know and trust if you are unable to make decisions for yourself – not hospital staff. Every Catholic should have one. Use your CCC to insure your document is in accord with the Catholic Faith. Hope this post helps you to understand better.

Posted Wednesday, March 07, 2012 12:27 AM By Kenneth M. Fisher
Michael, You should know that these unfortunately these events cost money to put on and we have to expect to help pay those expenses. Just to put on the prayerful demonstration at the upcoming REC will cost us at least One Grand! I know Bishop Vasa, and if it was not so far away, I would happily pay just to hear him speak! God bless, yours in Their Hearts, Kenneth M. Fisher