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Registration open for Bishops’ Pro Life Conference Conference focused on proclaiming Gospel of Life to a culture of death scheduled for Oct. 3-4 in Lincoln

Lincoln (SNR) – The Nebraska Bishops’ Pro-Life Office, representing all three Nebraska dioceses, will hold its annual pro-life conference Oct. 3-4 at the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln. Online registration is now open for the event at www.nebcathcon.org.

“This conference provides a wonderful opportunity to join with Archbishop George Lucas, Bishop William Dendinger, Bishop James Conley and hundreds of other pro-life individuals in celebrating and proclaiming the dignity of human life,” said Greg Schleppenbach, executive director of the Nebraska Catholic Conference. “It is an opportunity for learning, inspiration, and rejuvenation for our pro-life efforts moving forward.”

On Friday evening Oct. 3, all three bishops will be present for a 5 p.m. social hour, followed by a banquet featuring Dr. Francis Beckwith as keynote speaker. Dr. Beckwith is professor of philosophy and church-state studies at Baylor University. He is a former board member of University Faculty for Life and is the author or editor of more than 15 books including “Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion Choice” and “Return to Rome: Confessions of an Evangelical Catholic.” 

A cradle Catholic, Dr. Beckwith left the Church but returned in 2007 while serving as president of the Evangelical Theological Society. 

Friday evening’s banquet also features award presentations to the state level pro-life essay contest winners and to outstanding pro-life leaders.

Saturday’s conference begins with Mass at St. Mary Church in downtown Lincoln and is followed by timely and helpful topics and lively local and national speakers.

Austin Ruse, president of C-FAM (Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute), will make the case as to why there is “No finer time to be a Catholic.”  Cathy Ruse, senior fellow at the Family Research Council will explain “What the Hobby Lobby Ruling Means for Religious Freedom” and how “Authentic Feminism is Pro Life.”

Father Sean Kilcawley of the Diocese of Lincoln will talk about the “Family as the Sanctuary of Life and Love” and Greg Schleppenbach will provide “Practical Ways to Build a Culture of Life in Your Parish.” 

Finally, conference participants will be inspired by front-line warriors from local pregnancy resource centers and sidewalk prayer leaders from the state’s abortion facilities.
Tickets for the entire conference (Friday and Saturday) are $65, which includes all meals.  Friday night banquet tickets can be purchased separately for $40 and Saturday-only tickets are available for $35.  Discounts are available for priests and religious.
For more information on the conference schedule and registration, visit the event website at www.nebcathcon.org or call the Nebraska Catholic Conference at 402-477-7517.

Pro-Family Coalition of Kearney to host information fair, pro-life banquet Oct. 5

KEARNEY (SNR) - The Pro-Family Coalition of Kearney will host an information fair and pro-life banquet at the Younes Convention Center in Kearney Oct. 5. 

The fair, featuring displays and information about resources available for promoting life issues, will begin at 4:30 p.m., followed by the banquet at 6:30 p.m.

The theme for the event is religious freedom.  This year’s keynote speaker will be Cathy Ruse, senior fellow of the Family Research Council, on, “How does the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision impact our Religious Freedom?” Ruse has devoted her professional career to promoting the dignity of the human person. Her professional experience spans the fields of communication, public policy and law.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students and may be purchased at St. James and Prince of Peace churches and from the UNK Newman Center in Kearney, as well as from Joe Methe at 2802 2nd Avenue in Kearney.  

Proceeds from the event will be used to fund Student for Life activities at UNK and Kearney Catholic High School (KCHS).

Questions may be directed to Tony Wathen (308)237-0350/ (308)627-1453, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Joe Methe (308)440-9629, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Students to be honored for winning entries in statewide pro-life essay contest

LINCOLN (SNR) - Two students from the Diocese of Lincoln will be honored during the Bishops’ Pro-Life banquet to be held Oct. 3 at the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln.

Their entries were Two students from the Diocese of Lincoln will be honored during the Bishops’ Pro-Life banquet to be held Oct. 3 at the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln among the top finishers in the statewide pro-life essay contest.

Eighth-grader Sarah Juranek, a member of St. Mary Parish in David City and a student at Aquinas in David City, was the top finisher at her grade level.

Lauren Niedergeses of North American Martyrs Parish and a sophomore at Pius X High School in Lincoln received first-place honors in her grade level.

Her essay, based on the theme of children with disabilities and how that relates to valuing every human life, included reflections on her personal experience and close relationship with her 9-year-old brother, Sam, who is autistic.

The winning essays earned each a $150 prize, and an additional $150 donated to their schools. The students will be presented with the awards at the banquet. The other winners included Laura Tooley, seventh grade, St. Vincent de Paul School in Omaha; Gabby Middendorf, 10th grade, Columbus High School; and David Trierweiler, 11th grade, St. Patrick’s School North Platte.

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