Dr. L.P. Mousseau Memorial Ethics Lecture Series


Naming its Rights and Duties

“Freedom of conscience, along with the freedoms of religion and of speech, has long been regarded as a fundamental good within Canada and among other liberal democracies.  Increasingly, however, professional societies, universities, and political parties have sought to pit the exercise of conscience against the assertions of competing rights and claims.  Do the rights of conscience have a limit? What obligations do we have to educate our consciences? How can Christians better advance respect for conscience in public and professional spheres? Inspired by the work of John Henry Newman, and drawing from the riches of the Catholic intellectual tradition, this conference seeks to explore the rights and duties of conscience in our time.”


Keynote: Rev. Dr. Andrew Bennett

Director, Cardus Religious Freedom Institute


Hon. Mr. Justice Kevin Feehan

Alberta Court of Appeal


Dr. Christina Lamb

Faculty of Nursing, UofA and Founder of the Aletheia Conscience Project


Mr. Dean Sarnecki

Executive Director, Alberta Catholic School Trustees’ Association (ACSTA)


Dr. Jason West

President and Faculty of Philosophy, NTC


Mr. Dan Williams

MLA for Peace River, AB


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About Dr. Louis-Phillippe Mousseau, M.D.; F.A.C.S. 1908 - 1962

Early Years

Dr. Mousseau was born on February 7, 1908 in Montreal, Quebec. He graduated in medicine from the University of Montreal in 1932. He completed two years surgical  training at the l'Hopital de Notre Dame in Montreal. At the request of the Grey Nuns, he moved to Alberta to practice surgery at the Edmonton General Hospital.

Professional and Community Achievements

In 1942, Dr. Mousseau was appointed Chief of Surgery. In 1944, he earned his Royal College Specialist Certificate. In 1948, he earned his fellowship from the American College of Physicians and Surgeons. In 1952, he was appointed Chief of Staff of the Edmonton General Hospital. In 1956, he served as President of "Association des Medecins de language francaise du Canada". He received Honourary Doctorate of Laws from both the Universite de Montreal and Universite du Laval for his outstanding contributions to surgery.

He also served on the Senate of the University of Alberta and on the Government of Canada's Glassco Commission on medical issues in northern and remote areas. He established Alberta's first French radio station. He was a trustee for the French church St. Jochaim's Parish and was on the Board of Directors of the French language "LA Suvilance".

Upon his untimely death at age 54 years. his colleagues established the Mousseau Memorial Lecture. The Lecture attracted notable physicians including Drs. Michael DeBakey, Alexander Walt, Mary Ellen Avery, J. William Fielding and Edmund l'elligrino. In 2012, the Mousseau Memorial Lecture Fund was gifted to the Newman Theological College in the memory of Dr. Mousseau to advance medical ethics.

In 2005, the Alberta Medical Association recognized Dr. Mousseau's legacy as one of Alberta's 100 Physicians of the Century.


In the 1940's at a presentation to the American College of Physician and Surgeons, Dr. Mousseau presenting his philosophy of care. He believed the patient must be treated as a whole person and must be informed about his/her treatment options. This approach is commonly understood today as a best practice. In the 1940's, it was revolutionary.

When the newspapers reported his death, he was remembered as "an instrument of God".

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Date: November 20, 2019
Time: 9:00am - 3:30pm
Location: Pastoral and Administration Offices,
8421-101 Ave. Edm. AB


8:30am - 9:00am   Coffee
9:00am - 9:15am   Welcome
9:15am - 9:45am   Dr. Jason West
9:45am - 10:15am   Mr. Dan Williams
10:15am - 10:30am   Break
10:30am - 11:30am   Dr. Christina Lamb
11:30am - 12:15pm   Holy Mass - St. Joseph Seminary
12:15pm - 1:00pm   Lunch - NTC Gathering Area
1:00pm - 1:30pm   Hon. Mr. Justice Kevin Feehan 
1:30pm - 2:00pm   Mr. Dean Sarnecki
2:00pm - 2:15pm   Break
2:15pm - 3:15pm   Keynote: Rev. Dr. Andrew Bennett
3:15pm - 3:30pm   Closing Remarks