Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning
66 Brooks Drive
Braintree, MA 02184


MC Sullivan
Chief Health Care Ethicist and Director for Initiative on Palliative Care and Advanced Care Planning
Office: 617-746-5734
Diane McCarthy
Parish Education Coordinator
Office: 617-746-5732
Jennifer Murphy
Sr. Administrative Assistant, Office of the Chief Healthcare Ethicist
Office: 617-746-5738

Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning


The Initiative for Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning is a recently established program of the Archdiocese of Boston.  Its goal is to provide education, outreach and advocacy that will create an informed public about palliative care, a multidisciplinary approach to the care of the seriously ill which is patient-centered and family-oriented.  The program also supports, promotes and provides education about Advance Care Planning which allows people to discuss and make known their wishes for care in anticipation of a time when they cannot speak for themselves.  Most importantly, the Advance Care Planning component of the initiative provides information about how to designate a health care proxy or surrogate decision maker who will be their voice when they can no longer make or articulate their health care decisions.

Palliative Care/ Advance Care Planning Presentations  

1/8/2018 6:30PM St. Joseph the Worker, Hanson, 781-293-3581
2/4/2018 1:00PM St. Agnes, Reading, 781-944-0490
3/13/2018 7:00PM Our Lady of Lourdes, Carver, 508-866-4000
4/29/2018 6:30PM Immaculate Conception, Newburyport, 978-462-2724 

For further information about this initiative or to find out how a resource group can be formed in your parish or collaborative, please contact the office for the Initiative on Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning at 617-746-5732.