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Dignity and Dementia: Mapping the Church's Response to the Coming Crisis
Today, 50 million people have dementia, but in just twenty years that number will more than double. Fundamental human dignity, already under assault on a spectrum of issues, is increasingly being robbed of those with dementia. How can the Church respond now and in the future? This urgent topic is the subject of a new book, Losing Our Dignity, by Charles Camosy. In this webinar Camosy will be joined by four guests, each with a unique perspective on the topic. Kathyrn Jean Lopez, the moderator of the discussion, is Chair of the Pro-Life Commission of the New York Diocese. Sr. Constance Veit is US Director of Communications for the Little Sisters of the Poor, a religious order devoted to the service of the elderly poor. Erin Younkins is an Occupational Therapist and Director of the Office of Life, Justice and Peace for the Archdiocese of Baltimore. And The Most Reverend Kevin W. Vann is Bishop of Orange, a diocese actively participating in The Whole Person Care Initiative.
The webinar will run from 2:00-3:15 PM (ET)

Jul 26, 2021 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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The Most Reverend Kevin W. Vann
Bishop of Orange
Kevin W. Vann is the Bishop of Orange and Vice President of the California Catholic Conference of Bishops. He serves on the Leadership Council for California’s Caring for the Whole Person Initiative.
Charles Camosy
Associate Professor of theological and social ethics @Fordham University
Charles Camosy is the author of the new book Losing Our Dignity and serves as associate professor of theological and social ethics at Fordham University. His 2019 book, Resisting Throwaway Culture, won first place from the Catholic Publishers Association as “Resource of the Year.” In addition to advising the Faith Outreach office of the Humane Society of the United States and the pro-life commission of the Archdiocese of New York, Camosy received the Robert Bryne award from the Fordham Respect Life Club.
Kathryn Jean Lopez
Director @Center for Religion, Culture, and Civil Society
Kathryn Jean Lopez is a senior fellow at the National Review Institute where she directs the Center for Religion, Culture, and Civil Society and is also editor-at-large of National Review magazine. She is published widely in Catholic and secular publications and is also a nationally syndicated columnist.
Sister Constance Veit
US Director of Communications @Little Sisters of the Poor
Sister Constance Veit is US Director of Communications for the Little Sisters of the Poor, an international congregation of Roman Catholic women religious founded in 1839 by St. Jeanne Jugan to offer the neediest elderly of every race and religion a home where they will be welcomed as Christ, cared for as family, and accompanied with dignity until God calls them to himself.
Erin Younkins
Director of the Office of Life, Justice and Peace @Diocese of Baltimore
Erin Younkins is an Occupational Therapist and Director of the Office of Life, Justice and Peace for the Archdiocese of Baltimore. She is the author of Designed to Be Well.