2017 Via Lucis Workshop

Thank you to our 2017 workshop committee, panelists, volunteers, and guests.
It was an inspirational and thought-provoking evening!

If you'd like to recieve updates about next year's Catholic workshop,
email or call Christine Corti at (856) 552-3258.

Via Lucis Workshop Art

Consider the Catholic Conversation 2: 

Stories about Cure, relief, and comfort

 Sponsored by Via Lucis 
the Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice Ministry for Catholic Patients & Families
in collaboration with the Dioceses of Camden and Trenton

Friday, February 24, 2017
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Sacred Heart Parish
260 High Street, Mount Holly, NJ 08060


Learning Objectives

  • Identify two unintended consequences of American medicine's success at fighting disease and extending life.
  • Identify how communication  - like the clinical skills of assessment and treatment - can be used for therapeutic benefit.
  • Define advance care planning for patients/clients with serious illness.
  • Describe approaches to skillful communication with patients/clients.

About Consider the Conversation 2

Consider the Conversation 2American medicine’s success has created a new problem. The vast majority of patients can now expect to die in a place (a hospital or nursing home) and in a way (with increased quantity, but reduced quality, of life) that most wouldn’t choose if only asked. Talking about how we want to live at the end of life is now taboo, despite the fact that it is as natural as birth. Because of this cultural barrier, patients and families are suffering needlessly. It is a problem we never intended to create and one that must be solved, but how?  

The Emmy®-nominated Consider the Conversation 2: Stories about Cure, Relief, and Comfort, a 2014 PBS documentary created by filmmakers Michael Bernhagen and Terry Kaldhusdal, explores the effect of American medicine’s success on the patient/doctor relationship and sheds light on the important role communication plays in helping patients, doctors, and family members navigate healthcare options through serious illness and end of life.   

The film’s goal – and that of our program – is to encourage meaningful conversations between husbands and wives, doctors/healthcare professionals and patients, clergy/lay ministers and parishioners, and parents and children. 

This powerful evening promises to provide inspiration, resources, and new-found insights to help participants think, talk, and act on advanced care issues, and to facilitate living life to its fullest up to its final moment. 

Checks accepted. Fill out the ticket form above and select "pay by check" at payment screen.  Checks are payable to Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice Mail to: 5 Eves Drive, Suite 300, Marlton, NJ 08053 Attn: Christine Corti

Course Completion Requirements/Certificate Awarding
The participant must attend the entire presentation, as evidenced by signing in and out, and submit a completed course evaluation to complete the course. Social Workers: A certificate will be mailed within 30 days. Content level: beginner

Disability Accommodations
Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodation; please call (856) 552-3258 two days in advance. 

Samaritan will only refund registrations for cancellations made at least 2 business days/48 hours in advance of the workshop.

If you have questions or concerns contact Christine Corti at (856) 552-3258.

News & Events


  1. Marge McGinley, Facilitator
    Pastoral Administrator, Sacred Heart Parish; Chaplain, Virtua
  2. Sister Patricia Codey, SC Esq.
    President, The Catholic Healthcare Partnership of New Jersey
  3. Thomas Cavalieri, DO
    Dean, Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine;
    Professor of Medicine, Endowed Chair for Primary Care Research
  4. Brother Thomas Osorio, OH
    Interim Executive Director, St. John of God Community Services
  5. Susan Berg, RN
    Fox Chase Medical Center
  6. Susan Cedrone, LCSW
    Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice 


We are currently working on applications to apply for education credits for the following professions.

  • Catholic Chaplains -- 1.75 continuing education hours
  • Nurses -- 2.5 contact hours
  • This course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards - ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #73 Course #1207 from 1/18/2017 to 1/18/2019. Social workers will receive the following type and number of credit(s): Social and Cultural Competence 2.5

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