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Quarterback Philip Rivers to Speak at IBT Conference

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Former NCSU quarterback to discuss three important elements of his life

Former North Carolina State quarterback Philip Rivers will be a featured speaker at the Seventh Annual Ignited by Truth Catholic Conference scheduled for February 13-14, 2009 at the Raleigh Convention Center. Rivers, who is starting quarterback for the San Diego Chargers, will talk on the subject of “Faith, Family, Football.”

In addition to Rivers, other speakers include Immaculée Ilibagiza, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide, and Joseph Pearce, who is a Professor of English Literature at Ave Maria University in Naples, Florida.

As a child, Ilibagiza and her brother were the only members of her immediate family to survive the fighting that took place inside her country. Know living in the United States, she related her story in two books, Left to Tell and Led by Faith. Her story is one of faith, hope and forgiveness. This year’s conference will feature several nationally known authors and presenters. The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge will celebrate the closing Mass.

Pearce grew up a skinhead and agnostic in a rough neighborhood in East London. His conversion took place when he was introduced to the writings of G. K. Chesterton. He is the author of a number of books, including Literary Giants Literary Catholics, Wisdom and Innocence: A Life of G. K. Chesterton, Tolkien: Man and Myth and C. S. Lewis and the Catholic Church.

Pearce will begin the conference with an opening talk Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. His topic will be “Race with the Devil: From Racial Hatred to the Love of Christ.” On Saturday he will explore “The Evangelizing Power of Beauty.”

The Friday evening presentation is free and open to the public without need for registration. Registration is required for Saturday’s program at a cost of $40 for adults and $20 for students. Additional information and registration are available at www.IgnitedByTruth.com.