Marriage, Family and Respect Life: Respect Life Conference

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Respect Life Conference



The 2018 Diocesan Respect Life Conference

will take place on Saturday, September 22, 2018

at Holy Family Church in Steubenville


Keynote Speaker:

Fr. Tad Pacholczyk, Ph.D. 

Director of Education, The National Catholic Bioethics Center


Keynote Address:

Navigating Medical Technology from a Catholic Perspective


After earning a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Yale University,
Fr. Tad did post-doctoral research at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School.
He subsequently studied in Rome where he did advanced studies in theology and in bioethics.







For more information: 

For more information, or for any questions, please contact:
Joe Schmidt, Director of the Office of Marriage, Family and Respect Life 
Phone: 740-373-3643





2016 Diocesan Respect Life Conference



  • “Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion:  Abortion Scatters, Healing Gathers” - and - "You Need to Vote!" by Janet Morana (Executive Director of Priests for Life)
  •  "Legislative Update" by Kirsten Obadal, MA (National Committee for a Human Life Amendment in Washington, D.C.)
  •  "Being Bridges of Grace: Communicating the Pro-Life Message with Truth and Compassion" by Sharon Colvin, MPH (Director of Development and Interim Director of Client Services for the Pregnancy Resource Center of Athens County)
  •  "Two Decades of the Choose Life Program:  What We Teach Students and What We’ve Learned” Vicky Follen (Executive Director of LifeWorks Ohio)
  •  "The Science of Stem Cells" - and - "Common arguments in stem cell research" Dr. Derek Doroski (Associate Professor of Biology at Franciscan University)
  •  "Maggie's Place: A Community for Pregnant and Parenting Women in Need of Support" by Margaret Adams 


2015 Diocesan Respect Life Conference



  • “Unpinning the Web of Planned Parenthood” by Abby Johnson (Founder of And Then There Was None - An outreach to workers in the Abortion industry)

  • "Health Care Decisions: How to Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones" by Rita Marker (Executive Director, Patients Rights Council)

  • “Legislative Update” by Katherine Beck (Field Program Coordinator, National Committee for a Human Life Amendment in Washington, D.C.)

  • “The call and challenge of our Church's teaching on the death penalty” by Jim Tobin (Associate Director, Department on Social Concerns, Ohio Catholic Conference)

  • “Bioethics: What every Catholic should know about fertility care” by Dr. Derek Doroski (Associate Professor of Biology, Franciscan University of Steubenville)

  • “Healing from Abortion” by Lynette Hawrot (Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor)

  • “Our Mission: Lessons Learned from the World Meeting of Families" by Joseph Schmidt (Marriage Ministry Coordinator, Diocese of Steubenville )


2014 Diocesan Respect Life Conference



  • Communicating the Pro-Life Message (Jason Negri, MS, JD, Assistant Director of the Patients Rights Council). 

  • Freedom of Conscience: Challenges Faced by Medical Professionals (Dan Hawrot, RPh, Pharmacist with Trinity West in Steubenville)

  • Pope Francis is asking, "Are you planning for my Synods?" (Steve Koob, PhD, MATS, Director of One More Soul in Dayton)

  • Dynamics of Post-Abortion Healing (Lynette Hawrot, MA, LPCC, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor)

  • Not Your Grandmother's Rhythm Method: Latest Trends in NFP (Stephanie Rivers, CFCP, Steubenville FertilityCare Center)

  • FIT for Life: Forming Intentional Teens for Life (Nadia Mitchell, Ph.D, Director of Client Services, Pregnancy Resource Center of Athens County)

  • The Need for Conscience Protection: What’s Current in Congress (Amy McInerny of the National Committee for a Human Life Amendment in Washingon, D.C.)

  • Learning from the Past: How the History of Catholicism in American Can Help Us Understand Our Current Situation(Andrew Jones, Ph.D, Executive Director of Catholics United for the Faith)

  • Pope Paul VI Was Right! How the Warnings in Humanae Vitae Have Come True (John Spencer, FIC, Field Agent for the Knights of Columbus Insurance)