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Orlando Biomedical Ethics and Catholic Social Teaching Endowment

  • Mission

    Orlando Biomedical Ethics and Catholic Social Teaching InstituteGannon University is recognized as a leader in training global citizens and is inspired by the Catholic intellectual tradition, especially its teaching on the dignity of the human person. The mission of the Biomedical Ethics and Catholic Social Teaching Endowment is to build on the legacy of the Orlando Endowment to establish the University as an interdisciplinary focal point for biomedical ethics and social responsibility, offering sound discernment and professional development.


    Gannon University’s Biomedical Ethics and Catholic Social Teaching Endowment aspires toward a more humane world by empowering people with the knowledge and skills they need to respond well to the rapidly changing contours of the biomedical sciences.

    Speaker Series

    A Case for A Eucharistic Approach to Healthcare According to the Social Teachings of the Catholic Church

    6:30 P.M., Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022
    Ruskin Academic Building, Lecture Hall and Zoom Webinar

    SimonMary A. Aihiokhai, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, University of Portland

    SimonMary AihiokhaiDr. Aihiokhai was born in Nigeria. He earned a graduate degree in theology with a focus in medical ethics from Saint John Seminary and his Ph.D. in systematic theology from Duquesne University. His research focuses on religion, race, and identity constructions; African approaches to ethics; African philosophies, cultures, and theologies; religion and violence; comparative theology; themes in systematic theology; and interfaith studies and topics in moral theology and medical ethics. Dr. Aihiokhai is well-published including a monograph, titled, Fostering Interreligious Encounters in Pluralist Societies. Hospitality and Friendship. He has delivered more than 80 scholarly papers, keynote addresses, and invited lectures nationally and internationally. Dr. Aihiokhai serves as a Fellow at the Westar Institute and as a board member for the College Theology Society.

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    COVID-19 Vaccines: Individual Freedom and the Common Good

    7 P.M., September 15, 2021
    Yehl Ballroom/Livestream

    Nicanor AustriacoRev. Nicanor Austriaco, O.P., Ph.D., S.Th.D.
    Professor of Biology and Professor of Theology, Providence College Research Fellow, Center for Theology, Religious Studies, and Ethics at University of Santo Tomas, Phillipines

    Dominican Priest Austriaco earned his Ph.D. degree in biology from MIT and his S.Th.D. degree from University of Fribourg. In theology, his essays have appeared in The Thomist, National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, and Nova et Vetera on bioethics and on the relationship between science and religion. He is the author of Biomedicine & Beatitude: An Introduction to Catholic Bioethics. He has recently written and spoken in a variety of public forums on bioethical issues related to COVID-19.