Fr. Jeffrey Kirby is a trained moral theologian and bioethicist. He is currently completing his doctorate in moral theology writing his dissertation on the conscience formation of medical personnel. He holds a Licentiate in Moral Theology, a Masters in Bioethics, and a Master of Arts in Philosophy (concentrating on studies relating to human personhood and dignity).
Fr. Kirby serves as the Moral Theologian of the Diocese of Charleston, and is the founding Chairperson of the diocesan Academy of Life. He also serves on the Ethics Committee of the Roper-St. Francis Healthcare System and participates in the Bioethics Committee of the SC Medical Association.
In his capacity as a moral theologian, Fr. Kirby has been invited to speak on a range of topics relating to bioethics: from issues relating to the beginning of life, the end of life, and everything in between. He has spoken at regional and diocesan gatherings, workshops for parish and ministry staff, parish missions, pro-life events, senior care training sessions, and various other settings. Fr. Kirby is sought out as a speaker on bioethics because of his capacity “to make things real.” He is known for his “simple explanations” and “practical applications” of difficult moral truths.
In 2014, Fr. Kirby collaborated with a diocesan team in writing and delivering a workshop entitled, “Catholic Bioethics and End-of-Life Care.” The workshop was presented in over seven cities throughout the Diocese of Charleston (which covers the entire state of South Carolina).
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