Renowned Catholic bioethicist headed to Alaska for presentations

Popular Catholic medical ethicist Father Tad Pacholczyk is making a return visit to Anchorage next month to speak with students, archdiocesan leaders and young adults.

Director of education at the National Catholic Bioethics Conference in Philadelphia, Father Pacholczyk is the author of a column, “Making Sense of Bioethics,” that appears in diocesan newspapers across the country, including the Catholic Anchor.

Father Pacholczyk regularly travels the country helping untangle the difficult choices that arise in the rapidly changing world of medical science. He speaks at Catholic hospitals, universities, diocesan events and myriad other functions. As he travels, he tackles tough questions on how one can make medical decisions that are in harmony with Catholic teaching about the dignity of human life.

On Feb. 10 he will be in Alaska where he is scheduled to speak in Anchorage with students from local Catholic schools. Later that evening he will celebrate a 7 p.m. Ash Wednesday Mass at St. Andrew Church in Eagle River. Following the Mass he will hold a question and answer session with young adults around a topic of his choice and in the spirit of the Season of Lent. The evening will conclude at 9:30 p.m.

The next day, Feb. 11, Father Pacholczyk will lead a Pastoral Day, speaking with clergy and pastoral leaders at St. Benedict Church. That evening, 7-9:30 p.m., he will give a talk at St. Benedict’s that is tailored for adults.

After earning a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Yale University, Father Pacholczyk did post-doctoral research at Harvard Medical School. He subsequently studied in Rome where he did advanced studies in theology and in bioethics.

He was last in Alaska in 2009, when his work brought him to Anchorage for several days, discussing embryonic-destructive stem cell research, in vitro fertilization and end-of-life ethics with priests of the Anchorage Archdiocese. He also spoke about medical ethics with more than 200 people at a Theology and Brew event in Anchorage and appeared on live local radio.

To read recent columns by Father Pacholczyk go online to For more information about Father Pacholczyk’s upcoming visit to Anchorage, contact Bonnie Bezousek, director of Faith Formation for the Anchorage Archdiocese, at 297-7732 or email

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