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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Life issues to be addressed during next month’s ‘Changing Minds and Hearts’ conference

the Inland Register

(From the May 22, 2003 edition of the Inland Register)

The Catholic bishops of Washington are sponsoring a state-wide conference dedicated to life issues next month, hosted by Seattle University.

“Changing Minds and Hearts” is set for Friday-Saturday, June 27-28 at Seattle University’s Campion Hall.

The event begins with registration Friday evening and concludes Saturday after a 5:30 p.m. Mass at the Cathedral of St. James in Seattle.

Bishop Skylstad is scheduled as one of the speakers for the conference.

Also on tap will be Seattle’s Archbishop Alex J. Brunett; Bishop George Thomas, auxiliary bishop of Seattle; and Bishop Carlos Sevilla SJ of Yakima.

John Carr, director of the U.S. bishops’ Department of Social Development and World Peace in Washington, D.C., will give the keynote address for “Changing Minds and Hearts.”

Also scheduled to speak is Frances X. Hogan. Hogan will present a talk titled “Renewing Minds and Hearts: Roe vs. Wade – 30 Years Later.”

Hogan is a Boston attorney and former president of Massachusetts Citizens for Life. Hogan has served 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.

A panel discussion Saturday afternoon will feature three speakers.

• Christine Caron Gebhardt PhD., 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 involved in respect life issues for over 20 years.
• Eileen Geller, a registered nurse with Providence Hospice of Seattle. She has worked with the seriously ill and their families in the Seattle area for over 20 years, and is past co-president of Human Life of Washington.

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.

For information, call (206) 382-2010.

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