Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life Holds Largest Gathering

Connie Marshner, chairman of the Cardinal Newman Society, reports that with 695 registrants, the 14th annual Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life held its largest conference to date. The conference took place on Jan. 26, the day after the Washington, D.C. March for Life. The gathering, which was held at Georgetown University, is the nation’s largest student-run pro-life conference.

Keynote speaker Helen Alvaré

Keynote speaker Helen Alvaré

Keynote speaker Helen Alvaré, an associate professor of law at George Mason University spoke on authentic sexuality and encouraged participants to embrace the culture of life. She contrasted the individualism of the sexual revolution with a pro-life ethic rooted in “the whole social-justice tradition based on living out our communal being.”

The conference was sponsored by the Knights of Columbus’ Georgetown University Council 6375, Georgetown University Right to Life and Georgetown University Catholic Daughters of the Americas.

In addition, at least 20 different pro-life organizations were on-hand to educate participants on ways they can be engaged in the life issues. Participating organizations included, among others: the Knights of Columbus, Crossroads, World Youth Alliance, the Catholic Medical Association, Feminists for Life, Defend Life, Generation Life, and the Institute for Psychological Studies.