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Registration Continues for Respect Life Conference

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On Saturday, September 15, 2012, the Diocesan Office of Pro-Life will host its first Respect Life Conference at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Raleigh. The day-long event begins at 9 a.m. with Mass celebrated by Fr. John Forbes, pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Following Mass, attendees will participate in seminars and discussions on topics such as building a culture of life, embryonic stem cell research, formation of conscience and the recent U.S. Department of Health and Human Services health care mandate. The death penalty, immigration reform and abortion will also be discussed.

The conference will focus on the dignity of the human person from conception to natural death, said Jackie Bonk, director of the Office of Pro-Life. “I think a conference helps ignite people and helps form relationships. That awareness and interest has to be stimulated. This is an opportunity to do that,” said Mrs. Bonk.  

Mrs. Bonk explained the event’s goals are three-fold: to enrich lives through discussion, to educate attendees about the initiatives set by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and to encourage dialogue and collaboration about what’s happening in the Diocese.

Speakers include Mrs. Bonk; Mary Beth Phillips of the Office of Pro-Life; Rob Agnelli, who specializes in moral theology; Cathy Jarboe, of the Catholic Mobilizing Network; and Dr. Jacques Mistrot, a physician and bioethics expert.

The event is open to anyone who wants to learn more about the Pro-Life Office the issues it addresses. There’s a $10 registration fee, which offsets the cost of lunch and materials. Register online at https://event-wizard.com/respectlifedevelopment/0/register.

View conference flyer (PDF)