Msgr. Tomasz Trafny to Speak on Stem Cell Research | Benedictine College

The Stem Cell Challenge: Medicine and the Culture of Life

Published: Monday, September 12, 2016

Msgr. Tomasz TrafnyThe debate over stem cells has raged for years and a key player in that debate, Msgr. Tomasz Trafny, will be at Benedictine College on Thursday, Sept. 15, to give a special presentation to students at 3:30 p.m. in Legacy Hall. Msgr. Trafny is currently Director of the Science and Faith Department at the Pontifical Council for Culture. He is in the area to give a keynote presentation at a major medical conference at KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. His presentation, The Stem Cell Challenge: Medicine and the Culture of Life, is free and open to the public.

Msgr. Trafny was born in Darłowo, Poland in 1970. He completed his studies in Philosophy and Theology at the Catholic University of Lublin and was ordained a priest in 1996. He served as a parish assistant for the Archdiocese of Lublin, and then as a chaplain at the Medical University of Lublin and the Hospice for Terminally Ill. He continued his post-graduate studies in Philosophy at the Catholic University of Lublin and the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome.

He has served on the Pontifical Council for Culture as head of the Science and Faith Department and as executive director of the Science, Theology and the Ontological Quest (STOQ) Project and as director of the STOQ Research Series. In 2013, he became Secretary of the Scientific Committee of the Science and Faith Program at the STOQ Foundation and in 2014 he became a member of the Advisory Board of the John Templeton Foundation.

He is a co-author of the book The Healing Cell: How the Greatest Revolution in Medicine is Changing Your Life with Dr. Robin Smith and Dr. Max Gomez. The book was released in the United States in 2013. His focus is on matters related to the wide-ranging dialogue between science and religion, especially cultural analysis of scientific advancements, but his interests also include philosophy and theology of nature as well as environmental and climate change issues.

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas.  The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide.  It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.