2018 Opioid Conference

2018 Opioid Conference:
Seeking Hope & Healing In The Midst Of The Opioid Crisis

Saturday, September 29, 2018

The opioid crisis has severely impacted the Diocese of Arlington. In five years opioid overdose deaths have increased threefold within the diocese, and almost doubled statewide. How can we as a Diocese address this epidemic?

Parishioners, ministry leaders, clergy and the public are invited to consider our response at “Seeking Hope and Healing in the Opioid Crisis,” a free conference from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 29, 2018, the Feast of the Archangels, at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 8710 Mount Vernon Hwy, Alexandria.

Check in begins at 9:30 a.m., following the 9 a.m. parish Mass.

Bishop Burbidge will provide welcoming remarks and lead a prayer service at the conference’s conclusion.


How Opioids Became A Crisis – And Our Response
Dr. Michael Horne, Psy.D.
Director of Clinical Services, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Arlington


Breakout Sessions

What Can Parishes and Communities Do?
Dr. Paul Niemiec
Director of Counseling, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Greensburg


Building Resiliency in Families Facing Opioid Crisis
Dr. Michael Horne, Psy.D.


Suffering, Addiction and the Healing Power of Jesus
Fr. Mark Hushen, O.S.F.S.
Chief Mission and Legacy Officer, Ashley Addiction Treatment


This conference is hosted by Bishop Michael F. Burbidge and Catholic Charities, Diocese of Arlington.

To attend, please RSVP via email at events@arlingtondiocese.org by Wednesday, September 26.

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Free will offering for refreshments and lunch will be accepted.