St. Thomas More Society
Diocese of Dallas, TexasThe Catholic Lawyers' Guild

2015 Catholic Advance Directive and Medical Power of Attorney

17 Sep 2015 3:51 PM | Ellen Dorn (Administrator)

The 2015 Texas Legislature amended the Advance Directives Act in 2015.  Most notably, the Legislature changed the term “Artificial Nutrition and Hydration” (“ANH”) to “Artificially Administered Nutrition and Hydration,” (“AANH”) and also codified certain situations when a hospital is required to continue to administer AANH, even after a hospital has determined that life sustaining treatments should be discontinued.  The Texas Catholic Conference was a major supporter of this bill.

The St. Thomas More Society of the Diocese of Dallas has revised the Advance Directive form that we prepared for the Diocese in 2009.  This new version was approved by Bishop Farrell in September, 2015, for use by all Catholics in the Diocese.  Please download the new form here. 

A companion Catholic Medical Power of Attorney is also available for use and the Society highly recommends that all Catholics have a medical power of attorney in place.   You can download the Catholic Medical POA here.


  • 03 Jun 2016 12:42 PM | Dennis Sullivan
    what was the rationale for using the term "request" in the Dir/Physician, rather than "direct' ?
    'Direct is the term used in the Med/Pwr/Aatty
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