Catholic End-of-Life Care Decisions


Who will speak for me when I cannot speak for myself? 
How do I ensure that the decisions made about my health care are morally right?


Making sound moral decisions in the face of serious illness is difficult, especially if you are in the midst of suffering. It may be even more difficult for your family and friends, who want to act in your best interests and cannot clearly see what that may be.

Learn what Catholic teaching says about moral obligations related to end-of-life decisions. Take the time to fill out an advance health care directive for yourself and loved ones.


MCC has prepared a Minnesota Catholic Health Care Directive that meets our state’s legal requirements and reflects our Catholic teaching. Additionally, we have a Health Care Directive Guide that answers basic questions about law, Church teaching, and completing a health care directive.

You can download and print individual copies of the health care directive by clicking the links below.

If you are interested in bulk ordering copies of the health care directive please contact Griffith Printing in St. Paul for pricing and to place your order. Their phone number is 612-325-8299. To use a different printing company, you may download the third link below and provide the PDF to the printer.

The Minnesota Catholic Conference can also mail you a copy. Call us at 651-227-8777 to make a request.

Downloadable PDFs:

MN Catholic Health Care Directive – Large Print Edition (Full Page)

MN Catholic Health Care Directive – Booklet Edition (Half Page)

MN Health Care Directive with crops & bleed marks for professional printing

MN Catholic Health Care Directive – Directive Only Pages

Minnesota Catholic Health Care Directive – Single Sheet

End-of-Life Care Decisions Guide