Now and at the Hour of Our Death

Catholic Guidance for End-of-Life Decision Making is available at a new website from the New York State Catholic Conference at:

“So many families struggle with moral, ethical, and legal questions when a loved one is terminally ill or seriously injured. It is my fervent hope that this site provides them with clear explanations and practical guidance that will comfort and peace as the end of life draws near.” Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, Chairman-elect, USCCB Pro-Life Committee

Talking about death and dying can be difficult and uncomfortable, yet perhaps no conversations are more profound or necessary for all of us. The fact is that most of us will face challenging decisions regarding treatment and care at the end of life, either for ourselves or our family members. This website is designed to offer Catholics moral clarity and guidance on the Church’s teachings regarding end-of-life decision making. Illness and aging, coupled with rapid advances in medical technology, can lead to heightened anxiety when health care decisions must be made. We hope that this site will help you to navigate the end-of-life questions and challenges that you and/or your loved ones face, and bring peace to a stressful situation. It provides links to trustworthy resources, guidance, and support from Catholic sources all across the country.

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Now and at the Hour of Our Death

A Catholic guide to the complex challenges of end-of-life decision-making. This video is made possible by a grant from Our Sunday Visitor and is produced for the New York State Catholic Conference.

Man of Steel

JJ’s family motto is “You can’t hurt steel.” When he was diagnosed with glioblastoma, the most aggressive form of brain cancer, he fights for his wife, his son, and his life.

Death with Dignity

The story of Liz a sister, wife and mother living with advanced incurable kidney cancer in Oregon where euthanasia is legal. Liz talks about her life that “my life isn’t mine to take, it’s mine to give. My life is given to me to love to the end love is dignity I’m facing death with dignity.”

Diocese of Rockville Centre Information and Resources on Assisted Suicide

Bishop Murphy encourages faithful to oppose legislation promoting assisted suicide

March 3, 2015

Catholics in the State of New York, particularly those in our Diocese, should be very alarmed by
movements promoting assisted suicide legislation. We must work together to educate, inform and encourage our people to engage actively in pushing back any legislation which compromises the gift of life.

For more information or further resources click here.