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12th Annual Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice’s “Now & At the Hour of Our Death” Catholic Education Workshop

Addressing Pain and Suffering: A Catholic Approach to Palliative & Hospice Care

Marlton, NJ – Via Lucis, the Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice ministry for Catholic patients and families, in collaboration with The Dioceses of Camden and Trenton, presents the 12th annual Now & At the Hour of Our Death educational workshop on end-of-life issues from a Catholic perspective on Friday, February 15 from 5 to 9 p.m. at St. Paul’s Parochial School, Burlington, NJ. This year’s event topic, Addressing Pain and Suffering: A Catholic Approach to Palliative & Hospice Care, will explore how this specialty of advanced medical care can provide pain relief, as well as emotional, spiritual and social support for patients and families living with serious illness.

The 2019 keynote speaker is John Bertagnolli, DO, a board-certified physician, associate professor of medicine, humanitarian mission volunteer and ordained deacon. Bertagnolli serves as a hospice and palliative care physician, overseeing inter-disciplinary teams and patient care for Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice.

In addition to Bertagnolli’s keynote address, the workshop will also include a panel discussion featuring a variety of local palliative and hospice care experts. Panelists include: Colleen Fritsch, Social Worker, Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice; John Posenieswski, Nurse Liaison, Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice; and Chaplain Betty Warner, BCC, BCCC, CFHPC, Spiritual Support Counselor, Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice. Marge McGinley, Virtua Hospital Chaplain and National Chair of Formation, Society of St. Vincent de Paul will facilitate the panel.


WHAT:          Now & At the Hour of Our Death 2019 – Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice’s 12th Annual Catholic Education Workshop on End-of-Life Issues

WHEN:         Friday, February 15, 2019

5-6 p.m. – Registration and Buffet Dinner

6-9 p.m. – Educational Program


WHERE:       St. Paul’s Parochial School
250 James Street, Burlington, NJ 08016

COST:             $15 in advance; $20 at door, day-of

 DETAILS:       Registration for the workshop is required and available onsite the day-of the event, online at or by contacting Christine Corti of Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice at 856-552-3258 or [email protected]


About Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice:

Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice is a not-for-profit, non-sectarian, independent organization locally founded in Moorestown, New Jersey in 1980. Samaritan is the regional leader for hospice care, palliative (comfort) medicine, grief support and counseling, end-of-life education, and advocacy. Samaritan serves people in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Mercer counties who are coping with the stresses of aging, serious illness or grief in their homes, assisted-living, or nursing home communities and through two inpatient hospice centers: The Samaritan Center at Mt. Holly and The Samaritan Center at Voorhees. Two thrift shops, in Westmont and Pitman, support Samaritan services and programs.  Samaritan is accredited by The Joint Commission; a member of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO); the Home Care & Hospice Association of New Jersey; and is a four-star-level hospice in NHPCO’s We Honor Veterans program, created in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). For more information, visit


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