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 
3/13/2018 6:30PM Our Lady of Lourdes, Carver, 508-866-4000
3/14/2018 1:00PM St. Mary, Dedham, 781-326-0550
3/21/2018 9:45AM St. Joseph WINGS group, Needham, 781-444-0245
4/4/2018 7:00PM St. Mary, Dedham, 781-326-0550
4/8/2018 1:00PM St. Peter the Apostle, Provincetown, 508-487-0095
4/14/2018 2:30PM Holy Ghost, Whitman, 781-447-4421
4/15/2018 10:15AM St. Mary, East Walpole, 508-668-4974
4/15/2018 1:00 PM Sacred Heart, Middleborough, 508-947-0444
4/23/2018 7:00PM St. John, Hopkinton, 508-435-3313
4/29/2018 6:30PM Immaculate Conception, Newburyport, 978-462-2724 
4/30/2018 7:00 PM St. Michael, North Andover, 978-686-4050

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.