Centers and Institutes

Institute of Catholics Bioethics


Pellegrino and Clark 

 From left: Dr. Edmund D. Pellegrino, M.D. and Rev. Peter A. Clark, S.J., Ph.D.

The mission of the Institute for Catholic Bioethics at Saint Joseph’s University is to develop and promote interdisciplinary research projects, educational programs, academic courses, clinical consultation and policy development services in the field of bioethics to meet the individual needs of the Saint Joseph’s University academic community, the medical, nursing and administrative staffs of the Philadelphia area Catholic and nonsectarian health care systems and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The Institute is committed to educating health care professionals to be effective leaders in education, medicine and society. The Institute is also committed to understanding and respecting the role of religious and spiritual traditions, especially that of the Roman Catholic theological and philosophical tradition, in health care decision-making. The Institute promotes the ideals of Jesuit education in seeking to challenge others to be “men and women for others” in the “service of faith and the promotion of justice” in its teaching, research and service. Thus, while giving special regard to Catholic health-care ethics in teaching and research, the Institute also fosters respectful dialogue among all traditions represented in the student body and the patient population.