Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington



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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Washington’s bishops sponsor state-wide Respect Life conference June 27-28

the Inland Register

(From the April 10, 2003 edition of the Inland Register)

A state-wide Respect Life Conference, sponsored by the Catholic bishops of Washington State, has been scheduled for June 27-28 at Campion Hall, Seattle University.

According to Maggie Albo, Respect Life coordinator for the Spokane Diocese, “We hope to interest participants from every ideology within our Catholic population.”

The conference begins with registration Friday evening, June 27, from 5:30-7 p.m.

That evening, Frances X. Hogan will present a talk titled “Renewing Minds and Hearts: Roe vs. Wade - 30 Years Later.”

Hogan , a partner in a Boston law firm, has served as president of Massachusetts Citizens for Life and as a consultant to the Pro Life committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. In 1996 the Vatican named her to the Pontifical Academy for Life. She is particularly interested in the creation and financing of affordable housing.

The day will conclude with prayer, followed by a reception with the bishops.

Registration will also take place Saturday morning, from 8-9 a.m.

The day’s events will begin with a welcoming address by Seattle’s Archbishop Alex J. Brunett, followed by Bishop Skylstad.

John Carr is set to talk about “Changing Minds and Hearts.”

Carr is the Director of the Department of Social Development and World Peace at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C. He assists the bishops in sharing and applying Catholic social teaching and advocating on the moral dimensions of key public policy issues.

Bishop George Thomas, auxiliary bishop of Seattle, will close the morning.

Bishop Carlos Sevilla SJ of Yakima will open the afternoon’s proceedings.

A panel will address the topic “Teaching Minds and Hearts.” Scheduled to participate on that panel are Christine Gebhart, Assistant Professor of Christian and Biomedical Ethics at Seattle University; Annette Quayle, Director of Pregnancy Support Services for Catholic Community Services of Western Washington; and Eileen Geller, a registered nurse with the Parish Connections program at Providence Hospice of Seattle.

The day will conclude with Mass at St. James Cathedral.

Cost for the conference is $45 per person, which includes breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Overnight housing is available on campus for $37 per person per night.

Registration is requested by June 6.

Registrations should be mailed to: Events Planning, Archdiocese of Seattle, 910 Marion St., Seattle, WA 98104; or by e-mail.

For information, call (206) 382-2010.


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