The 2nd International Conference of the Ecumenical Patriarchate for Pastoral Health Care


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The 2nd International Conference of the Ecumenical Patriarchate for Pastoral Health Care will be held in Rhodes, Greece, between the 12th and 16th of October 2011. The conference is being organized, with the blessings of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, by the Network of the Ecumenical Patriarchate for Pastoral Health Care.

The theme of the Conference will be “Caring before the Gates of Death”. The presentations and workshops will focus on death from a medical, theological, philosophical, psychological and pastoral perspective. There will be a special emphasis on palliative care and the medical, psychological and spiritual care which is offered to those that suffer incurable diseases and who are in the last stage of their life.

It is indeed a fact that the care which is offered to those that are before the “gate of death” is becoming even more complex and difficult. Because of this, there are many theoretical issues that must be explored, questions that must be answered and many practical steps that must be taken so as to offer the care that every person deserves.

Attending the conference will be representatives from all the metropolises that belong spiritually and administratively to the Patriarchate throughout the world, the representatives from the metropolises of the Church of Greece and of the other Autocephalous Orthodox Churches, representatives from the Schools of Theology of the Universities of Athens, Thessalonica and Holy Cross in Brookline, Mass, including other theological schools and ecclesiastical academies. Also attending will be those that are involved in the medical care (doctors, nurses, social workers, etc) for the sick and the dying.

All participants attending the conference will be accommodated at the conference center, “Rodos Palace Hotel” The expenses for your stay during the conference will be partially covered by the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Holy Metropolis of Rhodes (see below). Travel expenses, however, will not be covered.

Registration Fee*

1st Representative from the Metropolis €50
Additional Representatives €100
Other Participants (not representing a metropolis) €200
(*will be given upon registration at the Conference Center )

The Conference will begin on Wednesday October 12th at 6:15pm and will end following the luncheon on Sunday October 16th at approximately 2:30pm. For those who will have to stay on the island on Sunday so as to leave on Monday, accommodations will be provided at the hotel for one night without charge

Topics- Speakers

Suffering and Death*
Speaker: Archim. Makarios Griniezakis, Preacher of the Archdiocese of Crete; Member of the Synodical Committee for Bioethics and Modern Concerns; Member of the Inter-Orthodox Committee for Bioethics

Palliative Care
Speaker: Prof. Elsa Patiraki, R.N., Ph.D., School of Nursing, University of Athens

What does “human dignity” and “quality of life” mean in relation to death?
Speaker: Archim. Nathanael Symeonides, Archdiocese of America, Doc. of Theology (University of Boston); Master of Science (Columbia University School of Public Health); Adjunct Prof of Ethics, St. Vladimir Orthodox School of Theology

The Will to live and Psychological Death
Speaker: Dr. Demetrios Kyriazis, Psychiatrist; Child Psychiatrist; Former Member of the Greek Association of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy; Founding Member of the Greek Association for Group Analysis and Family Therapy

The Fear of Death
– His Grace Bishop Maxim (Vasiljevic) of Hum of the Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
– Protopresb. Stavros Kofinas, Theologian; Doctorate in ClinicalPsychotherapy and Pastoral Psychiatric Care (D.min), Psychotherapist

Guilt and Death
– Prof. Christos Giannaras, Professor Emeritus of the Pantion University of Athens.
– Anna Potamianou, Instructor -Psychoanalysis of Association of Psychoanalysis of Paris and the Greek Association of Psychoanalysis; Member of the International Union of Psychoanalysis

Awaiting the death of our loved one
– Protopresb. Evaggelos Psallas, Priest of the Cathedral of the Holy Archangels of Brussels, Metropolis of Belgium. Secretary of the Metrolois of Belgium. Psychologist. Theologian.
– Irene Papazoglou, Psychologist, Sismanoglo General Hospital of Attica

Health Care Providers before Death:
Moderator: Rev. Panagiotis Bistolarides, Priest of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Detroit; Interim Program Director and Chair – Surgery, Synergy-Central Michigan University, Saginaw, MI, USA

The Doctor before Death,
Dr. Demetra Kanaloupiti, ; Internist; Assistant Director of the 1st Oncology Clinic, Metropolitan Hospital, Athens; Physician coordinator of Supportive Care Program

The Nurse before Death,
Spyridoula Tsarouxa, Nurse; Home Palliative Care Services of “Merimna”, Association for Care of Children and their Families Facing Sickness and Death

The Priest before Death,
Protopresb. Demetrios Maroulis, Priest of the Church of St. Philip, Archdiocese of Athens; Biologist

Education of health care providers who care for the dying person
Speaker: Prof. Danai Papadatou, Professor of Clinical Psychology, School of Nursing, University of Athens; President of “Merimna” – Association for Care of Children and their Families facing Sickness and Death

Pastoral Aspects of Hospice and home care
Speaker: Metropolitan of Mesogeas, Nicholas

Palliative Care Service Development
Speaker: Dr. Aliki Tserkezoglou, Director of the 2nd Clinic of Gynecology of the Hospital of St. Savas, Athens; Dipl. Palliative Medicine, University of Cardiff of Wales; Director of the Palliative Care Center “Galilee” of the Metropolis of Mesogeas and Lavroattica.

The Service of the Dying (Psychοragounta)
Speaker: Rev. Themistoklis Chrisodoulou, Priest of the Church of St. Eleftherios, Archdiocese of Athens; Doctorate in Liturgics, Institute of Eastern Studies, Rome; Diploma from the Vatican School of Paleographics

Living Eschatologically*
Speaker: Protopresb. Konstantine Nevrokoplis, Priest of the Church of the Ascension of the Lord, Metropolis of Thessalonica; Theologian



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