An all day conference on the life and work of Venerable Pope John Paul II, and the woman he loved most, Mary. Join Catholics from across California to build a Culture of Life. This dynamic event brings together speakers and leaders from the Culture of Life who share their vision for our culture and how our living faith calls us to action.
“The holy Father found the purest reflection of God’s mercy in the Mother of God. He, who at an early age had lost his own mother, loved his divine Mother all the more. He heard the words of the crucified Lord as addressed to him personally: ‘Behold your Mother’. And so he did: he took her into his own home. Totus Tuus.” — Pope Benedict XVI
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Place: Our Lady of Peace Shrine | MAP
2800 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara, 95054
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We have kept pricing low so as to be able to cast the net as widely as possible. Please send us a donation to help offset the cost of this, our first all-day production. Through prayer and your generous donation we will meet our goal.
Date: TBA, 8:00 am until 5:00 pm
YOUTH RALLY on the Green. 5 o'clock. Be there.
There will be booths showcasing the efforts of the "Seeds of the New Evangelization" open throughout the day. These will include booths celebrating art in its various forms, educational opportunities, pro-life groups and groups celebrating chastity as a lifestyle. Booths for the young, booths for the old, and booths for those in between. Booths for all. We look forward to seeing you there.
With Thanks to the Following:
This one day symposium on the life of Pope John Paul II and the influence a life of prayer and special relationship with Our Blessed Mother is possible by the cooperation of many different groups working and evangelizing in the greater Bay Area and throughout the state of California. We are thankful for their cooperation and participation. The project would also not be possible without the support of the Diocese of San Jose, and cooperation with the Archdiocese of San Francisco and the Diocese of Oakland.
Other groups not highlighted in the above but participating include Ignatius Press, Immaculate Heart Radio, the Juan Diego Society, CANFP, Catholic Men’s Fellowship, California Public Policy Foundation, Rangel Studios, Blue Rose Company and more.
Filming of the entire project will be overseen by associates of John Paul the Great University, San Diego, CA.
Dr. Pia de Solenni is an ethicist and moral theologian who speaks and writes on a variety of cultural and moral issues. She currently serves as director of Diotima Consulting and her expertise covers issues relating to women's health, life issues and bioethics, the New Feminism and culture. Her work has appeared in various publications including The Washington Post, The New York Times and The Associated Press. She is a frequent commentator on MSNBC, FOX, CNN and other nationally televised programs. Dr. de Solenni received her doctorate in sacred theology summa cum laude from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome, where she received an award for her doctoral work. The award was presented by the late Pope John Paul II. In addition to the doctorate, Dr. de Solenni holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts-Great Books from Thomas Aquinas College, California; a Sacred Theology Baccalaureate from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), Rome; and a Sacred Theology Licentiate from Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome. Full biography
John W. Galten, Chairman, Catholics for the Common Good Institute, was born Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, graduated Archbishop Riordan High School in San Francisco and University of San Francisco, B.A. 1963. M.A. in Theology USF. Served as an Officer in U.S. Army for five years. Returned to USF to help found the St. Ignatius Institute in 1976, serving as Assistant Director and finally as Director. Served as President of Trinity Grammar and Prep, a K-12 Independent Catholic school in Napa, CA. Co-founder of Campion College. Presently retreat master and educator for adult education on Catholic topics, particularly on the spiritual life and the thought of John Paul II. Organizes and gives retreats and workshops for Ignatius Press. John's awards include Alpha Sigma Nu, National Jesuit Honor Society, Archdiocese of San Francisco Pro Life Award 2001, United for Life award for pro-life activities, USF College of Arts and Sciences Service Award and the Newman Society ex corde ecclesia award for outstanding contribution to Catholic higher education, 2001.
Fr. Robert Presutti, LC, Ph.D., was born in Sulmona, a small town in central Italy, and grew up in Chicago. He entered the Legion of Christ at the age of 19, and completed preparation for the priesthood in the United States, Spain, Rome and Latin America. He was ordained a priest on December 24, 1998 in Rome. He holds a licentiate degree in philosophy from the Gregorian University, and a Doctorate in Philosophy from the Pontifical Regina Apostolorum College, both in Rome. He is currently stationed in Sacramento, California where he serves as the President of the University of Sacramento.
Marjorie Campbell, J.D. LL.M, with JCL in progress. An inaugural speaker for CCWF in 2005 on True Feminism for Real Women, Marjorie has 15 years experience as a radical feminist followed by a reversion into the Roman Catholic Church. She practiced criminal and bankruptcy litigation; published as a law professor and, now, Catholic writer; raised a family and appears as a speaker contrasting radical feminism and New Feminism. She writes domestic humor in the tradition of Erma Bombeck, and essays on New Feminism at www.InsideCatholic.com (now Crisis online), "which reject the temptation of imitating models of 'male domination'." (John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae, 99) She is funny, irritating, sentimental and provocative, challenging New Feminism to embrace the contributions of radical feminism and ... retire the rest to history.
Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J., Th.D. was born January 10, 1941. At the age of 20, he entered the Jesuit Novitiate. Eleven years later, Fessio was ordained a Roman Catholic priest. He is the founder and editor of Ignatius Press. He also founded the St. Ignatius Institute of the University of San Francisco and Campion College. He recently served as Provost of Ave Maria University. A professor of both philosophy and theology courses, Fr. Fessio wrote his dissertation on the ecclesiology of Hans Urs von Balthasar under the direction of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI. He holds the degrees of B.A. and M.A. from Gonzaga University; M.A. from the Fourvière Jesuit Faculty of Theology in Lyons, France; and Th.D. from the University of Regensburg in Germany.
Michele Coldiron, M.A., M.S., parishioner at St. Simon in Los Altos, CA and Executive Director of the California Catholic Women's Forum (CCWF). Studied Systematics & Evolution (MA) in NYC. She has worked as a teacher and tutor (MA Education, Stanford) while raising 4 children. Co-founded CCWF as a non-profit dedicated to hosting conferences exploring the apostolic letter of Pope John Paul II, Mulieris Dignitatem, and providing continuing education credits that address the ethical issues facing healthcare providers today. She has traveled to Rome to study contemporary issues facing women and she sees the end point of this work as the foundation of an institute on authentic feminism.
CCWF has been endorsed by the Rev. Msgr. Francis V. Cilia, Vicar General, The Chancery, Diocese of San Jose. Letter of endorsement [pdf].
Married Love and the Gift of Life, United States Council of Catholic Bishops booklet
In this thoughtful statement the bishops of the United States reflect on God's wonderful plan for marriage-the ability of a man and woman to form a lasting bond of love and life. In an engaging question and answer format, the bishops explain Church teachings on conjugal love and responsible parenthood and the methods of Natural Family Planning which support those teachings.
MULIERIS DIGNITATEM Of Pope John Paul II On the Dignity and Vocation of Women On the Occasion of the Marian Year On the Vatican's website.