Vita Institute: Archdiocese of New York

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The Center for Ethics and Culture is proud to offer an exclusive installment of its elite pro-life training program for the faithful of the Archdiocese of New York!

Join us for a full day of instruction in the fundamentals of life issues with our world-renowned scholars in biology, philosophy, theology, and law. No prior knowledge of these disciplines is assumed or required; sessions are aimed at enthusiastic pro-life advocates seeking to hone their skill and enhance their knowledge to better advance the Culture of Life. In addition to intellectual formation, participation in the NYC Vita Institute will connect you with a community of like-minded champions for the most vulnerable members of our society.

The workshop is free. Registration is at capacity and is now closed.

When: Saturday, January 6, 2018
Where: Sheen Center for Thought & Culture (18 Bleecker St, NY, NY 10012)

Conference Schedule (Speaker bios available on this page)

8:45–9:00 a.m.

Prayer and Welcome
9:00–9:30 a.m. Introduction
9:30–10:20 a.m. Biology: When Does Life Begin?
Fr. Kevin FitzGerald, S.J. (Center for Clinical Bioethics, Georgetown University)
  20 minute break
10:40–11:30 a.m. Abortion: Law & Policy
Prof. O. Carter Snead (Notre Dame Law School)
  10 minute break
11:40–12:30 p.m. Prenatal Screening, Diagnosis, and Selective Abortion
Mary O’Callaghan (Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture) & Katie Shaw
12:30–1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30–1:50 p.m. Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan
Archbishop of New York
1:50–2:40 p.m. Abortion: The Philosophical Arguments
Prof. Frank Beckwith (Baylor University)
  20 minute break
3:00–3:30 p.m. Abortion & The Church: Resisting a Throw Away Culture
Fr. John Paul Kimes (Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith)
3:30–4:00 p.m. Questions and Answers
4:00–4:45 p.m. Wrap-up and Closing Prayer
5:30 p.m. Vigil Mass at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral
Monsignor Donald Sakano, celebrant

* Schedule subject to change.