Marriage, Family and Respect Life: Respect Life Conference

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2018 Diocesan Respect Life Conference


(see below for details)


GOOD NEWS: Groups of 5 or more can receive a discount on registration!

See registration info below for details!

Saturday, September 22, 2018
9:00 am to 3:00 pm at Holy Family Church in Steubenville


Respect Life Mass

Offered by Most Rev. Jeffrey M. Monforton

Bishop of Steubenville


Keynote Address:

"Navigating Medical Technology from a Catholic Perspective"

 by Fr. Tad Pacholczyk, Ph.D. 

Director of Education, The National Catholic Bioethics Center


Fr. Tad is a nationally-known speaker and author. He earned a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Yale University and has completed advanced studies in theology. He is a regular guest on EWTN, and has also appeared on CNN International, ABC World News Tonight, NBC Nightly News and National Public Radio. His column, Making Sense of Bioethics, appears in diocesan newspapers across the country.  His keynote address for the conference will be: Navigating Medical Technology from a Catholic Perspective. Fr. Tad will give us essential Catholic principles for evaluating modern advances in medical science, and alert us to current and upcoming practices that are of concern.



Participants will be able to choose workshops on a variety of topics, including…
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"Health Care Decisions:
How to Protect elf and Your Loved Ones"
Rita Marker, JD
Executive Director
Patients Rights Council
"Church Teaching on Capital Punishment"
Dr. Patrick Lee
John N. and Jamie D. McAleer Professor of Bioethics
Director of the Center for Bioethics Franciscan University of Steubenville
"Is it Possible to be a Catholic and a Scientist?"
Sr. Mary Brigid Callan, Ph.D.
Director of Stewardship and Development
Diocese of Steubenville
(Former Research Scientist)
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"Healing from Abortion"
Ginna Dombrowski
Coordinator of Project Rachel Post-Abortion Healing Ministry for the Diocese of Steubenville
Lynette Hawrot, LPCC
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
"Human Trafficking:
An Investigator's Perspective"
Jean-Philippe Rigaud
Special Agent
Office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine
"How to be Pro-Life
in the Medical Field"
Gerard McKeegan, RPh retired





(admission for one person, including lunch):

$20 (Before September 7)

$25 (After September 7)

$10 (For Students)

Clergy or Religious (NO CHARGE)


NEW GROUP RATE: $10 for groups of 5 or more - if registered by SEPTEMBER 20!

Organize a group from your parish or organization and save $.

(Just be sure to submit your registration TOGETHER and write a note that you are taking advantage of the special group rate -- it's not listed on the registration form.)




9:00 AM                Sign-in (Hall)
 9:30 AM                Keynote Address
 10:15 AM             Break
 10:30 AM             Workshops – FIRST ROUND (3 choices)
 11:15 AM             Break
 11:30 AM             Respect Life Mass (Bishop Monforton)
 12:30 PM              Lunch (Hall)
 1:15 AM                Workshops – SECOND ROUND (4 choices)
 2:00 PM                Break
 2:15 PM                Workshops – THIRD ROUND (4 choices)
 3:00 PM                Conclusion and Departure


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)