Seminarians' Pro-Life Congress | Priests for Life Canada

Seminarians' Pro-Life Congress

Speakers and Topics

Day 1: Monday, August 30

Patron of the Day:
St. John Vianney
(Year for Priests)

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Check-in

Day 2: Tuesday, August 31

"The Priest as Loving Life in Adulthood"

Patron of the Day:
St. Maximilian Kolbe
(For his self-sacrifice in Auschwitz)

Day 3: Wednesday, September 1

"The Parish Priest as Loving Life in its Infancy"

Patroness of the Day:
St. Gianna Beretta Molla
(She gave her life for her unborn child)

Day 4: Thursday, September 2

"The Priest as Loving Life in Old Age"

Patroness of the Day:
Blessed Mother Teresa
(For her service to the dying in India)

Day 5: Friday, September 3

Patron of the Day:
Blessed Andre Bessette
(For his compassion and healing)

12:00 pm: Check-out

Episcopal Presiders

Most Rev. Ronald Fabbro, Bishop of London
Most Rev. Brendan O'Brien, Archbishop of Kingston
Bishop Gerard Bergie, Auxiliary Bishop of Hamilton
Most Rev. Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto

Integration Team

Fr. Tom Lynch, National Director, Priests for Life Canada
Fr. John Lemire, Chairman, Priests for Life Canada
Fr. John Nemanic, Congress 2010 Coordinator, Priests for Life Canada
Michael Vande Wiel, Managing Director, Priests for Life Canada

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Speakers Roster:

Most Rev. Gerard P. Bergie is Auxiliary Bishop of Hamilton. He was born in Hamilton, Ontario. He studied at St. Jerome's College, the University of Waterloo and St. Peter's Seminary, London, Ontario. He received a master's degree in Divinity from the University of Western Ontario in 1983 and ordained to the priesthood in 1984. He obtained a licentiate in Canon Law from the University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome in 1991. He occupied various parishes and positions within the diocese of Hamilton, including Chancellor. He was ordained bishop in 2005. Read more

Dr. Julia Cataudella MD, CCFP, NFPMC, is a wife, mother and medical doctor. Her passion is for the evangelization of God's plan of love, through her own marriage and family life, and through her work. At the core is Julia's gratitude for what God has done and continues to do in her life. Having graduated from Queen's University Medical School, and completed her Residency in Family Medicine, she trained as a Natural Family Planning Medical Consultant at the Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction. She now applies the principles of NaProTechnology to the practice of "Restorative Reproductive Medicine," treating all women's health and fertility problems without any use of contraceptive medications or artificial technologies.

Mr. Geoff Cauchi is currently a lawyer at RZCD Law Firm LLP. His preferred area of practice is banking law, particularly the law relating to the operation and regulation of Ontario Credit Unions. His other areas of practice include General Business Law, the law relating to Charities and Non-Profits, the drafting of Advance Directives/Powers of Attorney for Personal Care for people of faith, and residential and commercial real estate transactions. A graduate with Bachelor of Laws from University of Western Ontario in 1981, Geoff was called to the bar in 1983. Geoff is married to Jennifer and they live in Oakville, Ontario. They attend St. Andrew’s Parish. Geoff is a lector and an extraordinary minister of communion, and actively participates in the weekly prayer meeting ministry. He is a member of the Board of C.C.S.O. Bread of Life Renewal Centre Inc., which publishes the Bread of Life Magazine. Geoff has contributed articles to the Bread of Life Magazine and Catholic Insight. He is the recently elected President of Alliance for Life (Ontario) and is Past President of Halton Pro Life. Read more

Most Rev. Thomas Collins: Archbishop Thomas Collins is the Archbishop of Toronto. He was born and raised in Guelph, Ontario. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1973. While studying in Rome, specializing in sacred scripture and the Book of Revelations, he received his Licentiate in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Bible Institute in 1978 and a Doctorate in Theology from the Gregorian University in 1986. After holding various academic appointments, in 1997 he was appointed Bishop of St. Paul. Two years later, he was named Archbishop of Edmonton, and in 2007 was appointed Archbishop of Toronto. Read more

Michael Connell currently works as a Director of Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs with a Toronto-based consulting firm where he specializes in Energy and Environmental policy. He has his Juris Doctor from Ave Maria School of Law, and was called to the New York bar in 2009. He currently serves as President of Aid to Women, a pregnancy care centre in Toronto. He is a Blackstone Fellow with the American Alliance Defence Fund, and a member of the Christian Legal Fellowship. Before attending law school, he was the Acting Executive Director of the Catholic Civil Rights League.

Mother Agnes Mary Donovan is Superior General of Sisters of Life, a New York based religious community of consecrated women who are dedicated to the protection of the sacredness of human life. Mother Agnes Mary, a former professor of clinical psychology at Columbia University in New York, has spent her professional life in the field of psychology, specifically in family intervention, mother/child relationships, and special needs children. Responsible for anchoring her religious community in its charism and guiding it to holiness, Mother Agnes Mary is often called on to share the message of reverence for human life across North America. The Sisters of Life have now established a presence in Toronto, Ontario. Read more

Most Rev. Ronald Fabbro is bishop of the Diocese of London. He was born in Sudbury, Ontario. After attending St. Charles College in Sudbury, where he was taught by the Basilian Fathers, he obtained his Baccalaureate in Mathematics in 1973 from Queens University, Kingston, and then a Master of Mathematics in 1974 from the University of Toronto. In 1975, He entered the Basilian novitiate in Rochester and took his first vows on August 15 of the following year. He then undertook studies at the Faculty of Theology of the University of St. Michael's College, and at the Basilian House of Formation in Toronto. He obtained his Master of Divinity degree in 1979. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1980. In 1983, he completed a License in Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, and in 1989, he was awarded a Doctorate in Moral Theology from that same university. He was ordained Bishop of the Diocese of London in 2002. Read more

Dr. Stephen Genuis is the author of three books as well as publications in diverse international medical journals including the Lancet, British Medical Journal, Canadian Medical Association Journal, Public Health, the American Board of Family Practice, and various others. As a clinician and researcher, he is board-certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as in Environmental Medicine. In his Obstetric work he has delivered over six thousand infants and worked with teenagers in crisis for many years. He lectures extensively and reviews papers for several scientific journals on issues ranging from medical ethics to environmental health, from evidence-based medicine to reproductive technology, and from physician professionalism to medicine and cyberspace. Read more

Good Shepherd Brothers: Emmanuel House: a hospice in Hamilton. The Congregation of the Little Brothers of the Good Shepherd is a Roman Catholic pontifical institute of religious Brothers, whose members profess the canonical, public vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience. They live together in community and join in a variety of social service and health care related ministries to the poor and needy throughout the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, and Haiti. The Brothers operate Emmanuel House in Hamilton, Ontario, a ten-bed palliative care facility that offers a home-like environment for men and women who are nearing the end of their lives. Read more: here and here

Teresa Hartnett: Ms. Hartnett graduated from McMaster University with a degree in Physical Education and Kinesiology and later obtained a Bachelor of Education from Brock University. She has a certificate as a Religious Education Specialist from Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association. She is in her twenty-third year as Executive Director of Birthright Pregnancy Services in Hamilton. Since 2001 she has chaired the Sexual Health Network, created to reduce the number of pregnancies and rates of sexually transmitted diseases in adolescents. In 2003 Teresa became Director of Services in the Office for Ministry, Family and Religious Education for the Diocese of Hamilton where she oversees the implementation of several ministry related initiatives, including parenting, marriage enrichment and communication. She resides in Hamilton with her husband of 31 years, Joe, and their four children. Read more.

Dr. Mary Anne Layden, Ph D, is a psychotherapist and Director of Education at the Center for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the Director of the Sexual Trauma and Psychopathology Program. She specializes in the treatment of victims and perpetrators of sexual violence, sexual addicts and sex industry members. She has co-authored a chapter with Linnea Smith called "Adult Survivors of the Child Sexual Exploitation Industry" in Cooper, S., et al (Eds) Medical, Legal, & Social Science Aspects of Child Sexual Exploitation: A Comprehensive Review of Pornography, Prostitution, and Internet Crimes. She co-authored the book The Social Costs of Pornography with Mary Eberstadt. She has testified before the U. S. Congress on five occasions and spoke at one Congressional Briefing focused on issues of sexual violence, the sexual exploitation industry and the media. She has lectured extensively both in the US and abroad on Cognitive Therapy, childhood sexual trauma, sexual addiction, sexual exploitation industry and imagery techniques.

Fr. Tom Lynch is the National Director for Priests for Life Canada as well as Pastor of St. Mary's Church in Lindsay, Ontario. Some of his recent involvements include: Lecturer in Moral Theology; extensive involvement with St. Augustine's Seminary in Scarborough, Ontario as Professor of Theology and where he taught Bioethics, Sexuality, and Marriage, and Papal Teaching on Social Justice. A complete CV and introduction on Fr. Tom is available here!

Most Rev. Brendan O'Brien: Most Reverend Brendan O'Brien is the Archbishop of Kingston. He was born in Ottawa, Ontario and ordained to the priesthood in 1968. He studied theology at Saint Paul University in Ottawa and received a doctorate in moral theology from Lateran University in Rome in 1974. Archbishop O'Brien had been Auxiliary Bishop of Ottawa since 1987. Archbishop O'Brien was later named Bishop of Pembroke in 1993, Archbishop of St. John's in 2000, and most recently Archbishop of Kingston in 2007. He also served as president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops from 2003 to 2005. Read more

Pat O’Brien was born and educated in London, Ontario, in the catholic school system. He earned his Honours B.A. in History from King’s College, University of Western Ontario, and his M.Ed. from U.W.O.

He taught secondary school for 21 years, 3 years in Oshawa, and 18 years in London. Pat has two secondary school specialist certificates, in history and physical education.

He served in public elected office for 25 years consecutively, from 1980-2005. His experience includes 2 years as a school Trustee, 11 years as a City Councillor, and 12 years as a Member of Parliament, all representing Londoners.

As an M.P., Pat chaired the Standing Committee on National Defence and Veterans, Affairs, and The Canada-Ireland Parliamentary Association. For two and a half years, he served as Parliamentary Secretary for International Trade. He resigned from the Liberal caucus on a matter- of- conscience in June of 2005, over the government’s railroading of “same-sex marriage” into law. He finished his career as an Independent, and retired before the election of 2006.

Pat and his wife, Evelyn , celebrated 40 years of marriage in June. They have 3 adult children, and 1 beautiful grandchild.

José Luis Pereira, MBChB, DA, CCFP, MSc (MEd) Dr. José Pereira is the Head and Full Professor of the Division of Palliative Care at the University of Ottawa and Medical Chief of the Palliative Care programs at Bruyère Continuing Care and The Ottawa Hospital in Ottawa, Canada.

Dr. Pereira has published widely in international peer reviewed journals and text books. His research has focused recently on education, particularly the use of simulated patients, evaluation and instructional technologies, and more recently on the diffusion of innovation.

Dr. Pereira has received several awards and recognitions over the years for his contributions to project development and teaching and research in palliative care, most notably the Canadian Hospice and Palliative Care Association’s Award of Excellence and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, awarded by the Governor General of Canada in 2002.

Mr. Alex Schadenberg has been the Executive Director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition since July 1999 and the International Chair of the groups opposed to euthanasia and assisted suicide since 2007. The goal of this organization is to build a well informed, broadly based membership of groups and individuals in order to establish an effective social barrier to euthanasia and assisted suicide. The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition is responsible for organizing the 1st and 2nd International Symposiums on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide, which were held in Toronto in November 2007 and Washington DC in May 2009. Alex is a published author, having many articles published throughout Canada and worldwide. He is well-known for his focused presentations on the topic.

Brad Trost, M.P. First elected in June 2004 and re-elected in January 2006 and October 2008, Brad Trost is the Member of Parliament for Saskatoon-Humboldt; a constituency both urban and rural, in east central Saskatchewan that has the University of Saskatchewan at its heart.

Prior to his election, Brad worked as an exploration geophysicist, having graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with Bachelor degrees in geophysics and economics. Brad was also part of the family farm operation, and found time to teach English for a year in Russia before running for public office.

In his five plus years in Parliament, Brad has concentrated on issues important to Saskatchewan. In particular, Brad had emphasized agriculture and energy issues and worked to support local infrastructure including the University of Saskatchewan. Brad has also taken a special interest in mining issues, including introducing legislation to open up Canada's uranium sector to foreign investment.

Brad has also seconded legislation to repeal Canada's long-gun registry. He also seconded a bill to end tax discrimination against junior hockey.

Brad currently serves as a member of the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade. He formerly served as a member of the Natural Resources Committee and before that, the Industry Committee. He is the founder of the Conservative Party's Energy Caucus and is a member of the cross-party Pro-Life Caucus. He has also served as an elected vice-chair of the Canada-U.S. Parliamentary Association since 2006.

Dr. Deborah Zeni is a family physician in Georgetown, Ontario who specializes in Obstetrics and Pediatrics. She has won the 2006 Mentorship Award for The Rural Ontario Medicine Program, the 2004 Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons Award for Excellence in Community Medicine, and was named the Halton Community Physician of the Year in 2004. Dr. Zeni is a widely acclaimed speaker. She has spoken about women's and children's health and abortion to medical students, universities, and community groups while actively researching these topics with the deVeber Institute. Read more