Gospel of Life conference to feature theologian Janet E. Smith
By Julie Filby
Janet E. Smith
The annual Gospel of Life Conference Oct. 20 at Church of the Risen Christ in Denver will feature leading voice on Catholic teaching on sexuality and bioethics, Janet E. Smith.
“It is really a privilege to have (Smith) come to Denver to speak,” said Lynn Grandon, director of the Respect Life Office for the Denver Archdiocese. “God has gifted her mind to be able to succinctly say what needs to be said on the most profound issues of our time.”
She will give two keynote talks: “The Culture of Life versus The Culture of Death” and “The Right to Privacy,” based on her book of the same name.
Gospel of Life Conference
When: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Oct. 20
Smith is a professor at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detriot and holds the Father Michael J. McGivney Chair of Life Ethics. She has appeared on Fox Morning News, CNN International, CNN Newsroom, “The Geraldo Rivera Show” and several shows on EWTN. In addition to “The Right to Privacy,” she is author of “Humanae Vitae: A Generation Later,” editor of “Why Humanae Vitae Was Right: A Reader,” and co-author of “Life Issues, Medical Choices: Questions and Answers for Catholics.” Nearly 2 million copies of her talk “Contraception: Why Not” have been distributed worldwide.
“This is a can’t-miss event in the archdiocese,” said Grandon, adding that “Contraception: Why Not” had an impact on her own conversion to Catholicism some 10 years ago.
The conference will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a White Mass celebrated by Bishop James D. Conley. The White Mass acknowledges the efforts of doctors, nurses and all health care providers under the patronage of St. Luke, patron of physicians and surgeons (feast day Oct. 18). All health care professionals and students are invited to the Mass.
Mass will be followed by breakfast, opening remarks from Bishop Conley, Smith’s talks, and a legislative update from Jenny Kraska, executive director of the Colorado Catholic Conference. There will be opportunity for Q&A with Smith, as well as the chance to purchase her books. The conference will end at 3 p.m.
The cost is $30, if registering by Oct. 16. This includes breakfast and lunch. The cost at the door is $40. Groups of 10 or more will receive $5 off each additional registrant. Registration forms are available online at www.archden.org/RespectLife. For more information, call 303-715-3205 or email RespectLife.Office@archden.org. For more about Smith, visit www.janetesmith.org.
Church of the Risen Christ is located at 3060 S. Monaco Parkway in Denver.
RESPECT LIFE MONTH
October is Respect Life month as designated by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Throughout the month, Catholics are called to renew their personal commitment to defend all human life—through liturgies, prayers vigils and other events.
Pro-life Prayer Vigil
Respect Life Sunday
Respect Life Holy Hour
40 Days for Life