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Austin Ruse Keynote Speaker At LDCCW Convention



HASTINGS (SNR) - The Lincoln Diocesan Council of Catholic Women’s (LDCCWs) 58th biennial convention will be held April 13-14 at St. Michael Church in Hastings.

The convention starts Friday night with a banquet and talk by Msgr. Robert Roh, pastor of Ss. Peter and Paul Parish and superintendent of Sacred Heart School in Falls City.Known for his tremendous speaking and teaching abilities as well as his sense of humor, Msgr. Roh will undoubtedly provide a great kick-off for the convention.

Saturday’s convention will include presentations by keynote speaker Austin Ruse, president of Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-Fam); Jim Cunningham and Greg Schleppenbach of the Nebraska Catholic Conference; Samantha Bastian, a young woman about to enter the Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in Valpraiso and the first recipient of the LDCCW’s "Funds for Nuns" award; and outgoing LDCCW president Kris Sarver. Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz will celebrate Mass. Lunch is also included.

The theme of the convention is "Do whatever He tells you," which was the Blessed Virgin’s command to the servants at the Wedding Feast of Cana. The convention’s presentations will focus on using the grace of a spiritual life to carry the Gospel into the world – to make holy the world outside the walls of the Church.

Austin Ruse, a guest of honor at the Friday night banquet and keynote speaker on Sunday. He has headed C-Fam since shortly after its creation.

The organization was founded in 1997 in order to monitor and affect the social policy debate at the United Nations and other international institutions. It is a non-partisan, non-profit research institute dedicated to reestablishing a proper understanding of international law, protecting national sovereignty and the dignity of the human person. It promotes the proposition that the UN and other international institutions harm a true understanding of international law and in the process undermine the family and other institutions man requires for a just, free and happy life.

Ruse or his team have participated in every major UN social policy debate since 1997, including the Rome Statutes of the International Criminal Court, the Convention on Disabilities, Cairo+5, Beijing+5 and dozens of others. He has briefed members of the U.S. House and Senate on U.N. matters, as well as briefing White House and National Security Council staff, senior government officials, journalists, Church and non-governmental leaders around the world. He has appeared on a number of national cable network programs discussing UN and Catholic issues, including news programs on CNN, CBS News, MSNBC, EWTN and Fox News, and has published in First Things, Washington Times, National Review Online, Weekly Standard, Human Events, Touchstone and newspapers around the world. He lectures widely on U.N. matters.

Prior to coming to C-Fam, Ruse spent many years in magazine publishing including Forbes, Fortune, the Atlantic Monthly and Rolling Stone. He is a Knight in the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, a Knight in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, a founding member of the Diplomatic Society of St. Gabriel, and founder of the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast. He holds undergraduate degrees in journalism and political science from the University of Missouri, and an honorary doctorate from Franciscan University of Steubenville.

In recognition of his commitment and leadership in the effort to advance the sanctity of life, he was awarded The Henry Hyde Life Leadership Award in 2010 by SpeakOut Illinois.

Everyone is invited to attend the LDCCW convention The cost for Friday night’s banquet is $15; the cost for Saturday, including lunch, is $20. For a registration form, contact Ann Jansky (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 402-947-2154) to obtain a form.

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