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Mission Evangelization: Converting Hearts to the Gospel of Life

Chicago, IL (February 27, 2007)—Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I, Archbishop of Chicago, will attend and participate in the 2007 Archdiocesan Respect Life annual conference this Saturday, March 3 from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at Gordon Technical High School, 3633 N. California Ave., Chicago.

“This will be a great day of inspiration, education and fellowship, as people gather to be refreshed in their pro-life ministry and learn how to mobilize their parishes to become more actively pro-life,” said Mary-Louise Kurey, Director of the Archdiocese’s Respect Life Office.

The day begins with Mass at 8 a.m. followed by a short welcoming address by Kurey. At 9:30 a.m., Monsignor Philip Reilly, who founded the international organization, Helpers of God’s Precious Infants in 1989, will lead Experiences on the Front Lines of the Spiritual Battle for Life: Getting Involved, Getting Others Involved and Staying Renewed.

At 11 a.m., Frank Padilla, International Director of Couples for Christ, will present The Role of Ecclesial Communities in Spreading the Culture of Life. At 1 p.m., Cardinal George will lead off the afternoon’s activities with a 75-minute question and answer session focusing on Evangelization through the Gospel of Life.

At 2:15 p.m., members of the Archdiocesan Priests Advisory Board to the Respect Life Office will lead Building Positive Relationships with Parish Priests and Staff. At 3:00 p.m. Respect Life coordinators from four Archdiocesan parishes will lead a 45-minute panel discussion titled, Mobilizing Your Parish, Four Success Stories.

Robert Gilligan, Executive Director of the Catholic Conference of Illinois (CCI), will be the day’s final guest speaker at 3:45 p.m. with Illinois Public Policy and the Gospel of Life. The CCI is the legislative arm of the Catholic Bishops of Illinois, and acts on behalf of the six Illinois dioceses to cooperate in matters of joint interest.

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