Conversations About Being Mortal: Spiritual Decisions

Living Waters Church

PARSIPPANY — Living Waters Church in partnership with the Atlantic Health System will hold a lecture and discussion about Spiritual Decisions on Saturday, November 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Joseph F. Fennelly, MD will be Keynote Speaker.

Registration is Free. Guest Speakers. Light Refreshments.  To Register click here or contact Mary Rich at (973) 626-1072. Walk-ins are welcome.

For over 60 years, Dr. Joseph Fennelly has contributed to advancements in the field of bioethics at state, national and international levels.  Dr. Fennelly earned an undergraduate degree from Seton Hall University in 1952 and an MD degree from New York College in 1956.  He has served on the staff of Morristown Medical Center since 1962.  Dr Fennelly established the first Ethics Committee at Morristown Medical Center in 1983 as well as several other nursing homes and chronic care facilities.

Dr. Fennelly has been practicing internal medicine for over six decades with involvement in the landmark 1977 New Jersey Supreme Court End-of-Life case of Karen Ann Quinlan, as well as the Nancy Ellen Jobes feeding tube case.  While chair of the Morris County Medical Society Humanities Committee, Dr. Fennelly was asked by the Quinlan family to care for Karen after the New Jersey Supreme Court allowed her father to make healthcare decisions.

Dr. Fennelly is a founding member and vice chair of the New Jersey Citizens Committee on Bioethics.  He chaired or co-chaired the Bioethics Committee of the Medical Society of New Jersey for over three decades and remains Chair Emeritus of this committee.  He also served for seven years on the Governors’ Bioethics Commission in New Jersey and currently serves on the Governor’s Council on End-of- Life care.

Dr. Fennelly has lectured extensively throughout the country and abroad on issues of death and dying and related medical ethics issues in a variety of distinguished and diverse venues.  He has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, book reviews, and op-eds as well as serving as the guest editor of a special issue on Biomedical Ethics in New Jersey Medicine.

Dr. Fennelly has been recognized with numerous awards and most recently was the recipient of two Lifetime Achievement Awards from both Morristown Medical Center and the Medical Society of New Jersey for leadership in the field of biomedical ethics.  In 1999, he also received the Academy of Medicine of New Jersey, Dr. Edward Ill Award for “Physician of the Year” in  honor of his contributions to society and to medicine, particularly in the area of medical ethics.

Dr. Fennelly is a leading advocate and lecturer on end-of-life care and the right to die movement.  He possesses a rare perspective and knowledge of the care and treatment of patients at the end-of-life and strongly supports the Conversation Project and the importance of “telling your story” about what matters most in life.