Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Registration Open for HLI Conference on "Life, Dignity, and Disability"

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Registration Now Open!       
Human Life International, in partnership with the Nebraska Bishops' Pro-Life Office and the Archdiocese of Omaha Respect Life Apostolate, is pleased to sponsor a unique conference focused on the pro-life teachings of the Catholic Church, "Life, Dignity, and Disability: A Faith that Welcomes," October 18-19 in Omaha, Nebraska.

Online registration (at www.inlifeandlove.org) is now open for the event which will provide a theological foundation on the dignity of the human person; explore relevant issues related to life, dignity, and disabilities; and provide practical guidance and resources in pastoral care. Clergy and religious, parents and caregivers, and those who live out the social teaching of the Church are encouraged to attend.

"HLI is thrilled to collaborate with the Catholic Bishops of Nebraska in offering an exciting conference that highlights the dignity and beauty of every human life, especially persons with disabilities," said HLI President Father Shenan J. Boquet, a featured speaker at the conference. "I invite the entire HLI community to join the bishops and lay faithful of Nebraska to hear the excellent lineup of speakers who are sure to inspire us and deepen our knowledge of the faith."   
Most Rev. James D. Conley, D.D., S.T.L., Bishop of Lincoln, will give the keynote address, and Most Rev. George J. Lucas, Archbishop of Omaha, will be the main celebrant at the conference's opening Mass.
Other featured speakers include Peter Kreeft, prolific author and professor at Boston College; Joseph Pearce, editor of Saint Austin Review; Omar Gutierrez, manager of the Office of Missions and Justice at Archdiocese of Omaha; Sr. Terese Auer, O.P., chair of the Bioethics Department at John Paul the Great Catholic High School; Patty Franke, Be Not Afraid Ministry; Sarah and Jeff Schinstock, Family Life Office of the Diocese of Lincoln; Martin Cannon and Andy Bath, Saint Thomas More Society; and Arland K. Nichols, director of education and evangelization at Human Life International.
"The Nebraska Bishops' Pro Life Office is very pleased to collaborate with Human Life International in sponsoring 'Life, Dignity and Disability: A Faith that Welcomes,' said Greg Schleppenbach, state director of the Nebraska Catholic Conference Bishops' Pastoral Plan for Pro Life Activities. "Amidst a culture that dismisses its weakest members as problems or burdens to be eliminated, this event provides a wonderful opportunity to proclaim and celebrate the sacred dignity of every human life, especially those who are weakest  and most defenseless."
"Scripture tells us the importance of respecting all life. A favorite chant of the Archdiocese of Omaha students who attend the March for Life in Washington, D.C., talks about the need for prayer and sacrifice. On behalf of the Respect Life Apostolate of the Archdiocese of Omaha, we offer prayers and sacrifices for the success of the 'Life, Dignity and Disability' conference," said Father Walter Nolte, Archdiocese of Omaha Respect Life Apostolate Chaplain.
The conference kicks off Friday evening, October 18, with a dinner banquet where Bishop Conley will give his keynote address. The Saturday schedule begins with Holy Mass followed by a full day of inspiring presentations.
For more information on the conference schedule and registration, visit the event website at www.inlifeandlove.org.  

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