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

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. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 29, 2018, the Feast of the Archangels, at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 8710 Mount Vernon Hwy, Alexandria.

To attend, please RSVP via email at events@arlingtondiocese.org or click below.

RVSP via email

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.


This issue is hitting close to home.

Read the story in the Arlington Catholic Herald


Heroin addiction devastated their lives. Dan and Brian share their path to recovery at an Oxford House that partners with Catholic Charities.


Please attend to help us address this critical issue, and invite others. Spread the word by sharing this graphic:

Opioid Summit 2018 Catholic Charities