Catchy title, right?  It is meant to get your attention and cause you to pause for a moment to consider your mortality and living this life to the fullest.  We have put together a series of topics to start talking about what we and our families may encounter as we become ill, age, or face death.

The second topic in our series is “End-of-Life Decisions” on February 19 at 7 pm in the FFC.  There is no cost to attend, and no need to register.  Please join us.  We will be joined by two speakers with a strong Catholic background in end-of-life decision making who will address common medical concerns faced by those preparing for end-of-life:

Fr. Mark Hammond

A native of Newark, Mark Hammond is Pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Mount Vernon and Pastor over the Knox-Licking Consortium of Catholic Churches. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1989. Fr. Hammond arrived at St. Vincent de Paul in July of 2006 and is happy to be there. He has graduate degrees in both canon law and moral theology, and he is also an R.N.  His hobbies include music, golf, and of course, taking care of his dog, Morty.

Marian Schuda, MD

Dr. Marian Schuda, MD, received her Doctor of Medicine degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine in 1979 and completed her residency at Riverside Methodist Hospital in 1982.  She is currently the Medical Director of the Riverside/John J. Gerlach Center for Senior Health, the Medical Director of Patient Services at Riverside Methodist Hospital, and the System Medical Director, Risk Management, of OhioHealth.  Dr. Schuda has held leadership positions within many community organizations, including Birthright of Columbus, Catholic Social Services, The Catholic Foundation, Pontifical College Josephinum, and the Ohio Advisory Council on Aging.