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Oct. 10, 2007

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LA CROSSE, Wis. – Rev. Kevin O’Rourke will present “End of Life Decisions: the Catholic Tradition” in the Viterbo Fine Arts Center Main Theatre Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. as part of the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership fall lecture series.

“Fr. O’Rourke is one of the nation’s foremost authorities in the field of health care ethics,” said Rick Kyte, director of the Reinhart Institute. “We’re very fortunate to have him speak as part of our lecture series this year.”

A professor emeritus at the Center for Health Care Ethics at the Saint Louis University Health Sciences Center, Fr. O’Rourke is also a professor of bioethics at the Neiswanger Institute of Ethics and Public Policy in the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University in Chicago.

He received his Juris Canonici Doctor degree from St. Thomas University in Rome. He also has a doctorate in canon law, and a Master of Sacred Theology, a degree given in the Dominican Order after successful teaching and writing of many years.

He has written several textbooks, including co-authoring Health Care Ethics: A Theological Analysis, and Medical Ethics: Sources of Catholic Teachings. He has also written over 100 journal articles, the most recent examining the ethical issues of genetic testing, surrogate decision-making, and physician-assisted suicide.

This presentation is co-sponsored by the Gundersen Lutheran Foundation. All events in the lecture series are free and open to the public. No reservations are required, but seating is limited. For more information, or for a full schedule of events, visit

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