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Society of Catholic Scientists

Rochester Chapter

Our Mission

We are scientists who are Catholic Christians in the Rochester, New York region.

We promote intellectual dialog between science and faith and provide opportunities for friendship among students and scientists.

Spring 2024 SCS Rochester Dinner & Discussion

Catholic Bioethics: Principles and Case Studies

Jean Baric-Parker, Ph.D.

Sunday, April 21, 2024, 7:45 pm.
immediately following the 7 pm Mass
University of Rochester River Campus
Interfaith Chapel
This event is free and open to the public.

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Picture of Dr. Jean Baric-Parker

Dr. Baric-Parker is the program director of the Catholic Bioethics program at the St. Bernard's School of Theology & Ministry in Rochester, NY.

Dr. Jean Baric Parker’s interest in Bioethics was piqued while studying Catholic Theology at Holy Apostles Seminary, leading to certification in Catholic Bioethics from the National Catholic Bioethics Center, where she focused on the moral implications of egg donation. More recently, Dr. Baric Parker earned her Doctorate in Bioethics from Loyola University at Chicago, focusing on beginning-of-life ethical issues, including egg donation and embryonic stem cell research. She currently serves on the Ethics Committees of the Catholic Medical Association and Empire State Stem Cell Board and is a Contributing Editor for the Linacre Quarterly ethics journal. Dr. Baric Parker is Program Director for St. Bernard's new Graduate Certificate in Catholic Bioethics and teaches the introductory course, “Catholic Bioethics: At the Beginning of Life.” She lives in Rochester, NY where she and her husband, Kevin, raised their four children.

Large BLUE arrow points to the Interfaith Chapel.
Large RED arrow points to parking lots which is free on Sunday. Map of UR River Campus

Gold Mass

This year we will sponsor a "Gold Mass" to bring together Rochester region scientists and students for spiritual fellowship.

The Society of Catholic Scientists sponsors Gold Masses for Scientists. This follows in the tradition of special Masses for members of particular professions. The oldest, the Red Mass for lawyers and lawmakers, was introduced in the 13th century. The first White Mass for health care professionals and Blue Mass for law enforcement personnel were begun in the 1930s. By promoting Gold Masses for Scientists around the world, SCS hopes to create spiritual fellowship among Catholic scientists, science educators and science students at the local level.

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Interesting Links

Here are some links to websites you might find interesting.

Society of Catholic Scientists--International Web Site

Our Rochester group is a regional chapter of the Society of Catholic Scientists. Their web site has a wealth of information regarding the harmony of faith and science.

The Vatican Observatory...Did you know there was such a thing?

The Vatican Observatory is one of the oldest active astronomical observatories in the world, with its roots going back to 1582. The Vatican Observatory stands at the forefront of scientific research covering a broad range of topics, from an examination of the tiniest specks of interplanetary dust to the origin and structure of the universe.

Seek earnestly!