Laurence J. O'Connell, Ph.D., S.T.D.


Laurence J. O'Connell, Ph.D., S.T.D.Laurence (Larry) serves as President/CEO of the Ministry Leadership Center. He formerly held the position of president and chief executive officer of the Park Ridge Center, a bioethics research institute in Chicago; and served as the Chief Ethics Officer of Advocate Healthcare System and Clinical Professor at Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University. Currently, he serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Catholic Health Association of the United States. He has also held the positions of Vice President of the Catholic Health Association of the United States and Departmental Chairman and Professor at St. Louis University. During the Clinton administration, he served at the White House as a member of the President’s Health Care Task Force.

Larry has been a board member of numerous organizations in Europe and the United States and consultant to some of the largest philanthropic foundations in the Americas. He has published and co-edited over a hundred articles, reviews, and books published in English, Italian, French, and German. Along with co-recipient Prof. Paul Ricoeur, he received the Golden Eurydice Award, given in recognition “of persistent work in organizing structures of bioethical debate and exceptional contributions to the understanding of sound ethical reasoning,” awarded by the Danish Minister of Health at the Danish Parliament in 1996. Larry serves as the Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Turkey at Sacramento, California.