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Summary of events 2010 
Monthly meetings 
No meeting in January 2010

Case discussion: Tube feeding at the end of lifeFebruary 2, 2010

Lenten Reflection
March 2, 2010

Case Discussion: Beginning of Life Issues
April 6, 2010
Case Discussion: End of Life AND a short Presentation by Catholic Hospice
May 4, 2010

Rev. John Ehrich, STL
August 3, 2010

End of Life Case Discussions
September 7, 2010

October 15, 2010     

Diocesan Center Chapel 6PM


Key note Address by


Most Rev. Robert Vasa

Espicopal Advisor for CMA

Phoenix County Club

  Q an A with Canon Laywer

Fr. Chris Fraser, JCL

November 2, 2010


Advent Reflection with

Bishop Olmsted
December 7, 2010
Other Events of 2010

Retreat for Catholic Physicians and Healthcare Professionals:
Jesus the Divine Physician: Transforming our Hearts, Minds and Souls
April 30-May 2, 2010
Tucson, Arizona
Retreat Director: Fr. James Kelleher, SOLT

Called to engage and live out call to holiness, we feel it important to witness as Catholic physicians. The Guild had a presences at the following events. 


Arizona March for Life Rally

January 24, 2010


Rosary Sunday

October 10, 2010

Phoenix Convention Center


Officers Elected 2010
President : William Brophy III, M.D.

Secretary: James Asher, D.O.

Treasurer: Maricela P. Moffitt, M.D.



Summary of events 2009
Monthly meetings 

Maintaining Hope for the Dying

Fr. Doug Lorig

February 3, 2009

Spirituality of the Mass

Bishop-Elect Jim Wall

Diocese of Gallup

March 3, 2009

A Lenten Reflection with Bishop Olmsted

Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted

Bishop of Diocese of Phoenix

April 7, 2009

 Sustaining Prayer within a Hectic World

Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist

May 5, 2009




Intellgent Design

William Brophy, M.D.

*Mercy Gilbert Hospital* note change of venue

Mass celebrated by Fr. Greg Menegay

August 4, 2009

Discussion on Healthcare Reform

September 1, 2009

at St. Thomas the Apostle 

October 16, 2009




Key Note Speaker and Recipient of the Evangelium Vitae Award :

Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
Archbishop of Denver


In celebration of St. Luke's Feast Day

Mass was celebrated 

at the Diocesan Center Chapel by

Archbishop Chaput and Bishop Olmsted

Banquet and awards followed at the Phoenix Country Club 


Rights of Conscience

Nik Nikas

November 3, 2009

Advent Reflection and Social

Bishop Olmsted

December 1, 2009

at St. Thomas the Apostle

6:30 PM

Summary of events 2008

In Memorial

Fr. John Becker, SJ


Died suddenly on Saturday afternoon, January 19, 2008. We will miss him deeply and are grateful for his service to the Guild as our Interim Chaplain in 2005-07. May his soul through the mercy of God rest in peace.



Rev. John Richard Becker, S.J.
July 9, 1925 – January 19, 2008


Monthly meetings 2008 

Self-Reflection, Self-Consciousness and Materiality:

Implications for Bioethics

Thomas Nelson, M.D.

January 15, 2008


Conscience and the Medical Professional

Fr. John Ehrich, STL

February 5, 2008

Beginning of Life Issues
Fr. John Ehrich, STL

March 4, 2008

Life Issues Fr. John Ehrich, STL
April 1, 2008

 The View from Human Embryology
C. Ward Kischer, PhD
Emeritus Professor of Cell Biology and Anatomy
University of Arizona College of Medicine 
Mercy Gilbert Medical Center

September 2, 2008

Holiday Party

at St. Thomas the Apostle

December 2, 2008

New officer elected October 2008: 

President: William Brophy III, M.D. (Family Practice)

Secretary: Maricela P. Moffitt, M.D. (Internal Medicine)

Treasurer: Peter Labadie, DDS (Retired)

 Summary of events of 2007



2007 was marked by the return of our chaplain Fr. John Ehrich, STL in June. He completed two years of study in Rome. Fr. John Becker, SJ served as our interim chaplain, he was recognized for his service at the White Mass/ St. Luke's Feast Day celebration.  

Update on the Phoenix Guild

1. Monthly meetings: on the first Tuesday of the month (Mass, light dinner and guest speaker and business meeting) topics covered included:

The Centrality of Recollection in the Life of Prayer
Timothy P. Herrman, Ph.D., S.T.L
Associate Director & Associate Professor, Ave Maria University


The Vocation of the Laity

Timothy P. Herrman, Ph.D., S.T.L
Associate Director & Associate Professor, Ave Maria University


Theology of the Body
Fr. Charlie Goriaeb
Pastor, Queen of Peace, Mesa  


Christian Anthropology and Bioethics
Fr. John Ehrich, STL

Pastor, St Thomas the Apostle, Phoenix

The Morality of the Human Act
Fr. John Ehrich, STL

Pastor, St Thomas the Apostle, Phoenix

Traditional Ethical Principles

Fr. John Ehrich, STL

Pastor, St Thomas the Apostle, Phoenix


2. Lenten Retreat was held the first weekend of Lent in February at Mt. Claret Center. Fr. Jim Kelleher, SOLT was our retreat master. 19 attendees (12 Physicians, 3 RN's, 1 psychologist, 3 prayer warriors)


3. Co-Sponsored with Bishop Olmsted, the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC) Annual meeting in Phoenix in September.


4. Approved revised Bylaws and have submitted the paperwork for our formal application for chartered Guild status.

5. We continue to attempt to have a presence at major events.

Rosary Sunday

ProLife Rally

March for Life

6. New officer elected October 2007: 

President: Thomas Nelson, MD (Psychiatry)


Vice President: William Brophy III, MD (Family Practice)


Secretary: Dcn. Richard Petersen, MD (Radiology)


Treasurer: Peter Labadie, DDS (Retired)

Regional Update

A retreat for physicians in the Denver area was held on November 16-18 at Mt Saint Malo Retreat Center. Fr. Jim Kelleher was our retreat master. We hope to recruit enough interest to start a Guild.

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