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Dr. Marie T. Hilliard, JCL


Dr. Marie Hilliard

Canonical Education:

  • JCL, Catholic University of America, 2003

Current Ministerial Experience:

  • The National Catholic Bioethics Center, Director of Bioethics and Public Policy.
  • Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, Committee to Protect Young Persons, Member & past Vice-Chair; Colonel, Ret., USA, 20 years’ service.
  • National Catholic Partnership on Disability, Chair Ethics & Public Policy Committee.
  • Holy Apostles College & Seminary, CT, Board of Directors and Faculty.
  • University of Mary, Bismarck, Bioethics Advisory Committee.
  • Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Office Pastoral Care for Persons with Disabilities, Parish Liaison.
  • Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta, Dame. Volunteer RN Lourdes 2011.
  • Aquinas College, Nashville, Advisory Council for the Center for the Study of Human Dignity & Ethics in Health Care, & past member Aquinas College President’s Advisory Council.
  • National Association of Catholic Nurses-U.S.A., Board Member & past Chair Ethics and Spirituality Committee.
  • Sisters of Mercy of America, Lay Associate & nursing home volunteer.

Prior Ministerial Experience:

  • USCCB National Advisory Council, Chairperson.
  • USCCB & Presbyterian Church, USA, Irish Summer Institute (Re: Northern Ireland peace initiatives), Co-leader.
  • CT Catholic Conference, Executive Director: Lobbyist for the four CT dioceses on Church-State relations.
  • Franciscan Home and Hospice Care, CT, Ethics Committee.
  • Archdiocese of Hartford Commission for Justice and Peace, Chair.
  • Numerous publications on Bioethics: Catholic Press Association Award for Best Essay in a Scholarly Magazine, 2008, 2nd Place.

Service to the Society:

  • Member 1998-current
  • Chair, Committee on Laity, 2013-current.
  • Roman Replies and CLSA Advisory Opinions, contributor, 2014.
  • Member Eastern Region, 2009-current.


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