Friday October 18, 2013 at 4:30 PM CDT
Saturday October 19, 2013 at 4:30 PM CDT

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Ramada Plaza Convention Center
3321 S. 72nd St.
Omaha, NE 68124

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Greg Schleppenbach
Bishops Pastoral Plan

         This event is designed for pro life activists, clergy and religious, parents and caregivers, and those who live out the social teaching of the Church. It will provide a theological foundation on the dignity of the human person; explore relevant issues related to life, dignity, and disabilities; and provide practical guidance and resources in pastoral care.

Keynote Address:  "Fulfilling Your Prophetic Mission in Our SecularWorld                                   Most Rev. James D. Conley, D.D., S.T.L., Bishop of Lincoln


  • Rev. Shenan Boquet,  President of Human Life International                            
  • Joseph Pearce,  Popular author and editor of Saint Austin Review
  •  Omar Gutierrez,  Manager, Office of Missions & Justice, Archdiocese of Omaha 
  •  Sr. Terese Auer, O.P.,  Chair of the Bioethics Department, John Paul the Great Catholic High School
  •  Patty Franke,  Be Not Afraid Ministry
  •  Sarah and Jeff Schinstock,  Family Life Office, Diocese of Lincoln
  •  Peter Kreeft,  Prolific Author and Professor at Boston College
  •  Martin Cannon,  Thomas More Society  
  • Andy Bath, Thomas More Society
  •  Arland K. Nichols,  Director of Education and Evangelization at HLI                        
  •  See more at: www.nebcathcon.org

Banquet and Conference Schedule of Events

 Life, Dignity, and Disability: A Faith that Welcomes  October 18-19, 2013

Friday, October 18, 2013

4:30pm  Registration Opens 

5:00  Social Hour  (with Nebraska’s three Bishops)

 6:00  Banquet, Keynote Address,  Most Rev. James D. Conley, Bishop of Lincoln:                         Fulfilling Your Prophetic Mission in Our Secular World

Saturday, October 19, 2013 

8:00am  Registration Opens

 8:30  Opening Mass, Celebrant: Most Rev. George J. Lucas, Archbishop of Omaha

 9:45  Rev. Shenan Boquet, President of Human Life Int’l:                                                                      In the Divine Likeness He Created Them   

 11:10  Breakout Sessions: 

Omar Gutierrez, Manager Office of Missions & Justice, Archdiocese of Omaha:                               St. Germain Colusin, From Suffering to Sacrifice 

Martin Canon, JD and Andy Bath, JD, Thomas More Society:                                                                 The Effect of Policy Trends on Life, Dignity and Disability   

Jeff & Sarah Schinstock, Director of Youth Ministry, Diocese of Lincoln:                                             Love at First Sight: A Parenting Journey   

 12:10 pm: Lunch

 1:00  Breakout Sessions:

Patty Franke, Journey to Love Ministry, Archdiocese of Omaha:                                                         Journey to Love: Responding to a Poor Prenatal Diagnosis

Arland K. Nichols, Director of Education & Evangelization, HLI:                                                        The Greatest Threat to Life and Dignity  

Sr. Terese Auer, O.P., John Paul II the Great Catholic High School:                                                      Human Dignity and Appropriate End-of-Life Care     

 2:10  Peter Kreeft, author, professor at Boston College:                                                                       Why Does God Will that We Suffer Disabilities?

 3:15  Joseph Pearce, author, editor of St. Austin Review:                                                                     Joyful Suffering with the Missionaries of  the Poor

 A Special thank you to the Knights of Columbus for their generous          underwriting of this conference!