Students for Life of America will host its annual conference in DC on Saturday, January 21st. This will be the first following the Dobbs decision.
The conference will feature Trent Horn, Kristan Hawkins, Seth Dillon, and Allie Beth Stuckey. It is for high school, college, and pro-lifers from all walks of life. This is an opportunity to network and connect with fellow pro-lifers and to better engage our culture through politics, media, education, medicine, and even law.
Join teachers, medical professionals, and parents from the Philadelphia area for the opportunity to hear speakers from around the country address the issue of gender confusion among children. Learn more about the speakers here! The conference is sponsored by St. Peter’s Respect Life committee and will be held on October 15th at St. Peter Church!
If you live in Southeast Pennsylvania, please consider attending this seminar which takes place on Saturday, February 12th at Saints Simon and Jude Parish Center, 8 Cavanaugh Court (at Routes 3 and 352), West Chester, PA 19382. Seminar begins at 9:00 am (Mass will be celebrated at 8:00 am).
Sister Sheila Galligan, I.H.M., will speak on God’s Most Wanted: “Salty” Pro-Life Disciples. Sister Sheila is a Theology Professor at Immaculata University, as well as a highly faithful and effective pro-life advocate, teacher and author.
A flyer is provided below with information on this seminar as well as a registration form. You can also find information on their website byusing this link.
This event is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Coalition and its affiliates in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties, the Pro-Life Educational Foundation, Generation Life, Pennsylvanians For Human Life, S.E., The King’s Men, and the Knights of the Immaculata.
Please see information from St. Peter’s Parish Respect Life Committee below on this retreat geared toward middle school girls. Below are files with all the information you’ll need to promote this event. Please print out and share this information.
The Respect Life Committee of St. Peter Parish has been sponsoring Theology of the Body Retreats for High School Girls for three years now. The leaders of the retreat have recognized that middle school girls would greatly benefit from this type of retreat, but with the information presented more at their level.
We are pleased to announce the first retreat that will be geared to 7th, 8th & 9th grade girls. It will be held on February 4 – 6, 2022. (See flyer and an Announcement with the details below.)
In past retreats we have given the girls an evaluation form to fill out. Their responses are amazing. The vast majority gave rave reviews to the experience they had. I am attaching a sample of the evaluations.
Any help you can give in publicizing this retreat will be greatly appreciated as usual.
If you have any questions, let me know or you can text Eileen Christian at 610-716-1840. She is the coordinator of the retreat.
Below is a summary from Kim Griffin on the recent webinar on the May 1st pastoral letter “Before I Formed You in the Womb I Knew You: A Pastoral Letter on the Human Dignity of the Unborn, Holy Communion, and Catholics in Public Life” by Most Rev. Salvatore Cordileone’s, Archbishop of San Francisco. The video of this webinar as well as a link to Archbishop Cordileone’s letter are posted below.
Many pro-life leaders are crying out that now is the time for bolder leadership and clarity on the issue of abortion, the Catholic faith, and reception of the Holy Eucharist.
On May 28th, a group of panelists came together to discuss these topics in a webinar titled “Life in the Womb: The Preeminent Issue.”
The webinar was moderated by Helen M. Alvare, an Antonin Scalia Law School Professor and joined by Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, Kristan Hawkins, Lila Rose, and Kathy Folan and her son Nathan, who was placed in an open adoption.
The Most Rev. Salvatore Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco pointed out that now is a time of urgency because the abortion industry is getting “more aggressive” and laws “more permissive.”
He authored a pastoral letter May 1st titled, “Before I Formed You in Womb I Knew You.”
The four main points of the letter address;
1. The gravity of the evil of abortion
2. Cooperation in moral evil
3. The Meaning of choosing to receive the Holy Eucharist
4. The responsibilities of Catholics in public life
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone reflected that “a sense of the sacred” is being lost amongst Catholics. An example; disbelief in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. He explained, “If we lose this, we lose everything as Catholics and society.” And he makes the correlation that with the loss of belief in the sacredness in God comes the loss of belief in the sacredness of human life, even; “the sacredness of the most vulnerable human life, a little baby in the mother’s womb.”
Kristen Hawkins, President of Students for Life in America since 2006 (an organization that recruits, trains and mobilizes young adults to work to abolish abortion)
discussed three issues Students for Life are currently focusing on;
1) The issue of censorship; Pro Life people are being silenced and some pro-life groups are being classified as “hate groups.”
2) Rise of chemical abortions
3) Post Roe; She pointed out the need to be ready and willing to take care of women and their babies
Addressing the issue of censorship, Helen Alvare commented she would love the time to come when both the left and the right “embrace free speech again.”
Lila Rose is the Founder of the human rights non-profit Live Action and an undercover journalist. Live Action is a global educational leader for the pro-life movement. Lila discussed three areas they are currently focused on;
1) Exposing the truth about abortion
2) Inspiring people to take action
3) Activation; Getting people active in the political battles currently taking place
She pointed out that many Catholics, due to mis-education are “on the fence” when it comes to the abortion issue despite abortion being the “antithesis of our Catholic faith.”
Kathy Folan offered her personal story about being the victim of rape during her junior year of college. When she found out she was pregnant she was filled with fear; of what people would think, a lack of resources to care for the baby, and disappointing her parents. But despite all the fears she also knew that the life inside of her was a gift from God, entrusted to her. She knew she had to choose life.
To Kathy’s surprise the community and her parents were supportive. Kathy had planned to keep her rape and pregnancy secret, except for a few friends. But an intuitive professor noticed something was wrong and reached out to her. When she shared her story, he encouraged her to be open and share it with others, to be a pro-life example.
She took his advice and to her surprise found the support and love of the community. Her fears were unfounded. She chose to place her son Nathan in an open adoption. When she met his adoptive parents for the first time they all “clicked.” She even spent her spring break with them. Seeing the love the adoptive mother and father extended to her son and to her affirmed her in her choice.
Her son Nathan, now an engineer participated in the webinar and offered his rare perspective; “You’ve heard it before: ‘I am pro-life EXCEPT in cases of rape.’ I want everyone to realize, especially the EXCEPTers, that you are talking about me. Life is life, no exceptions.”
Archbishop Cordileone suggested a three-step approach for Catholics wishing to change the culture of death we are living in; pray the rosary daily, commit to one hour of adoration of the blessed sacrament weekly, and to fast on Friday’s.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you” (Jeremiah 1:5)
Re-discover Catholic teaching on the Eucharist by attending the virtual Eucharistic Conference June 4-6. Find out more information here.
Watch the webinar; “Life in the Womb; the Preeminent Issue below.
Read Archbishop’s Salvatore Cordileone’s Pastoral Letter in its entirety for free here.
The following is from Tina Whittington, the Vice President of Students for Life of America.
I need you to SAVE THE DATE for our 2022 National Pro-Life Summit in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, January 22, 2022.
This one-day training event for grassroots pro-life activists of all ages saw a record-breaking crowd, selling out at over 3,400 attendees in January 2020.
As you know, we had to replace the 2021 National Pro-Life Summit with our National #Stand4Life Weekend that we hosted in 18 cities across the country and online with more than 63,000 pro-lifers joining us!
But today, I am thrilled to announce that the National Pro-Life Summit is BACK for 2022 and will be better than ever!
While we’ll be revealing the theme of the 2022 National Summit at a later date, what I can tell you right now is all the benefits of attending, like…
Explore and strengthen your personal calling for Life
Become energized to protect the preborn and their mothers
Learn how to engage in the culture more effectively
Strategize with other pro-life youth and adults from communities across the nation
Meet and hear from dozens of experts in the pro-life movement
More details are to come, but you can sign up here to stay in the loop about all Summit-related announcements and updates.
We will sell out again this year…so, trust me, you’ll want to be among the first to know when registration goes live.
I hope you’ll consider joining me, the rest of the Students for Life team, and 3,000+ of your closest pro-life friends in January!
This virtual program, is scheduled for Wednesday, March 10th at 7:00 pm. Links provided below for registration and for a flyer to be shared with others. Program is hosted by the Gianna Center of Philadelphia and presented by the Office of Natural Family Planned of Archdiocese of St. Louis.
The Wonder of Eve is a fresh and engaging presentation, helping young women understand how naturally amazing their bodies are and the impact their choices can have on their future health and fertility.
The Wonder of Eve covers:
The marvelous design and function of the female body and reproductive system/menstrual cycles
a brief introduction to tracking cycles—a unique approach to women’s healthcare, no matter the stage in life
ways to take good care of yourself now, to benefit you in the future.
A Zoom link will be emailed to registrants prior to the event. The Wonder of Eve is hosted by the Gianna Center of Philadelphia and presented by the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Office of Natural Family Planning.
The St. Peter Respect Life Committee in Elverson, PA is excited to announce the 4th Annual Theology of the Body Retreat for High School Girls. Previous retreats have been extremely well received by both those who attended and their parents. Please see information from Jo Christof below on this retreat and print out and share the flyer.
SPEAKER: Marie DiCecco – “Women’s Health in conformity with Theology of the Body”
Fr. Timothy Danaher, O.P.
Fr. Reuben Nuxoll, Legionaries of Christ
WHEN: Friday, February 5 – Arrive 7:00 pm to Sunday, February 7 – Depart 11:30 AM
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner served Saturday & Breakfast served Sunday
WHERE: St. Mary Of Providence Center, Elverson, 227 Isabella Road, Elverson, PA 19520
COST: $125 per person (scholarships available)
We will talk about what it means to be a young, dynamic, Catholic woman in today’s world. The retreat will introduce you to John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and what it means for your life! Retreat will include talks, small groups, Mass, adoration and time for confession. The Retreat is led by Samantha Kelley, the Founder and President of FIERCE Athlete (fierceathlete.org). Sam is a young Catholic woman, trained in teaching the Theology of the Body.
Marie DiCecco has been a high school health educator for the past 35 years and has recently completed an Allied Health program in women’s health care.
The Sisters of Life will be attending, speaking and leading small groups.
This retreat is sponsored by St. Peter Respect Life Committee
I wanted to reach out to make sure you know about the upcoming Rehumanize Conference on August 29th, 2020. This year we’ve decided to move things online in order to ensure the health and safety of our attendees, volunteers, and staff. While I’m sad that we won’t get to meet in person this year I am also excited about the unique opportunity to reach people all over the world with our life-affirming speakers and sessions.
Tickets are on sale now starting at just $5.00 at rehumanizeintl.org/conference! I really hope that you are able to join us at this one of a kind event. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you need financial assistance or a press pass.
Check out the phenomenal schedule of events below:
Conference Schedule 10:30AM – 10:45AM > Reception
10:45AM – 11:00AM > Welcome
Herb Geraghty, Rehumanize International
11:00AM – 11:30AM > Opening Session: Why Consistency Matters in the Effort for Human Rights
Aimee Murphy, Rehumanize International
11:30AM – 12:15PM > panel: Police, Prisons, and the Death Penalty
Hannah Cox, Conservatives Concerned about the Death Penalty
Zuri Davis, Reason
Miea Walker, Forward Justice
12:15PM – 1:00PM > Panel: Pro-Life Perspectives
Kristen Day, Democrats for Life of America
Tom Shakely, Americans United for Life
Jazzi Milton, Pro-Life San Francisco
1:00PM – 1:15PM > Break
1:15PM – 1:45PM > Ideologies Breakout Session
A: Feminism and the Consistent Life Ethic
Rachel Peller, Activist
B: The Non-Aggression Principle and the Consistent Life Ethic