Concurrent Speakers

 
 
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Kathi Aultman, M.D.

Kathi Aultman, M.D. is currently an Associate Scholar with the Charlotte Lozier Institute and a member of the American Association of Prolife Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the Christian Medical and Dental Associations, the Florida Medical Association, and is a Life-Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She retired from medicine after working as a board-certified OB/Gyn from 1981-2014 in Orange Park, Florida.

She obtained her B.A. at Drew University in1972, earned her medical degree at the University of Florida College of Medicine in 1977, and completed her Ob/Gyn Residency at the University of Florida affiliated Jacksonville Health Education Program in 1981.

Dr. Aultman was the co-founder and co-director of the first Rape Treatment Center in Jacksonville, Florida and performed sexual assault exams on women and children as a medical examiner for Duval and Clay Counties.  She performed 1st trimester D&C with suction abortions and 2nd trimester D&E’s.  She also served as the Medical Director for Planned Parenthood of Jacksonville from 1981 to 1983.

Her experiences doing abortions, and those in her Ob/Gyn practice, led her to a prolife position. She testifies extensively on a variety of pro-life issues before state and congressional bodies and state courts, and she has assisted various state attorneys and the Justice Department. She spoke at the 2019 Washington D.C. March for Life Rally and at the 2019 Rose Dinner.

While practicing she provided free medical care locally, volunteered with Mercy Ships, and served on the Ethics Commission of the Christian Medical and Dental Associations and the Board of Community Health Outreach.

Dr. Aultman received the Florida Medical Association’s “A Physician Who Cares” certificate and “Harold Strasser, MD Good Samaritan Award” and the Clay County Medical Society’s “Award of Excellence”.

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REV. NICANOR AUSTRIACO, O.P

Rev. Nicanor Austriaco, O.P., completed his Bachelor’s Degree (B.S.E.) in Bioengineering, summa cum laude, at the University of Pennsylvania, and then earned his Ph.D. in Biology from M.I.T. in the laboratory of Professor Leonard Guarente, where he was a fellow of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). He was ordained a priest in the Order of Preachers in May of 2004. He completed his Pontifical License in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) in Moral Theology, summa cum laude, at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC, in 2005, and a Pontifical Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.), magna cum laude, at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, in 2015.

Fr. Austriaco currently serves as Professor of Biology and of Theology at Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island. He is also a research fellow at the Center for Religious Studies and Ethics at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines, and director of ThomisticEvolution.org. His NIH-funded laboratory at Providence College is investigating the genetics of programmed cell death using the yeasts, Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Candida albicans, as model organisms.

Papers describing his research have been published in PLoS ONE, FEMS Yeast Research, Microbial Cell, Cell, the Journal of Cell Biology, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, among others. In philosophy and theology, his essays have been published in the National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, Theological Studies, Nova et Vetera, The Thomist, Science and Theology, and the Linacre Quarterly. His first book, Biomedicine and Beatitude: An Introduction to Catholic Bioethics, was published by the Catholic University of America Press in 2011. It was recognized as a 2012 Choice outstanding academic title by the Association of College and Research Libraries.

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Mary Hallan FioRito

Mary Hallan FioRito is an attorney, public speaker, and commentator on issues involving women’s leadership in the Catholic Church, work/life balance for mothers, and Catholic Church administration. Her areas of expertise include abortion, post-abortion aftermath, perinatal hospice, and contraception.

Ms. FioRito spent 28 years as an administrator at the Archdiocese of Chicago, and was the director of the Respect Life Office for more than a decade, prior to being named the Archdiocese's first female Vice-Chancellor. Her professional experiences give her a wealth of knowledge and insight into issues surrounding the Church's response to abortion in today's society, particularly its impact on women and the family.

She currently serves as the Cardinal Francis George Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., and the deNicola Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame.

In 2000, Newsweek magazine selected her as one of the “Women of the New Century,” highlighting her contribution to the nation’s conversation about abortion law and policy. Mary is a regular guest on Catholic radio/television programs and podcasts, including A Closer Look With Sheila Liaugminas, the Drew Mariani Show, Conversations with Consequences/The Catholic Association and EWTN. She also hosts a weekly radio program in Chicago, "Winds of Change." Her commentaries have been published in National Review Online, The Federalist, Simply Catholic, Our Sunday Visitor, The Chicago Tribune, and the Chicago Sun-Times.

Ms. FioRito is an honors graduate of Loyola University Chicago and Loyola University School of Law. She lives in the Chicago area with her exceptionally patient husband and their three daughters.

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ANNA HALPINE

Anna Halpine is the founder of the World Youth Alliance and was the WYA president from 1999 to the spring of 2007. She has her Masters in Philosophy of Religion from Yale University Divinity School (2009), and a Bachelor of Music from Mt. Allison University in Canada (1999). She is the current CEO of the FEMM Foundation, a research and evidence based program committed to improving women’s health. She lives and works in New York City.

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Fr. fidelis moscinski, cfr

Fr. Fidelis Moscinski, CFR is a priest of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. He has been active in the pro-life movement since 1989, focusing especially on praying and counseling at abortion facilities, and post-abortion healing. He has been involved with Operation Rescue, the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants, and most recently, Red Rose Rescue.

He has completed a Bachelor of Arts in English from Rutgers University, a Masters of Divinity from St. Joseph Seminary, a Licentiate in Sacred Theology (Moral) from the Pontifical University Santa Croce, and a Licentiate in Canon Law from the Catholic University of America.

He was ordained a priest in 2001. He currently serves as his institute’s Procurator General and resides in the Bronx, NY.



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AIMEE MURPHY

Aimee Murphy is the Executive Director and founder of Rehumanize International, a non-partisan, secular organization dedicated to bringing an end to all aggressive violence against human beings through education, discourse, and action. After a personal conversion to the cause against abortion as a teen, she was able to claim and defend a holistic ethic of non-violence during her time in university: the Consistent Life Ethic. Through her work with Rehumanize International, Aimee is reaching people all over the globe with the consistent message of human rights and is creating and engaging in effective dialogue to change hearts and minds. Aimee Murphy was the recipient of the Susan B. Anthony List Young Leader Award in 2014, for her trailblazing pro-life leadership. She has been featured in news media outlets such as MSNBC, Maria Claire, Cosmopolitan, The New York Times, The Washington Post, VICE News, and many more. She currently resides in Pittsburgh with her profoundly supportive husband, their two dogs, and --in the spirit of radical hospitality-- whichever friends wander into the Murphy household.

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STAR PARKER

Star Parker is the founder and president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, a Washington D.C. based Public Policy Institute that fights poverty and restores dignity through messages of faith, freedom and personal responsibility. 

Star consulted on federal Welfare Reform in the mid-90s and then founded UrbanCure to bring new ideas to policy discussions on how to transition America's poor from government dependency.

In 1996, she was a featured speaker at the Republican National Convention.

Today, Star regularly consults with both federal and state legislators on market-based strategies to fight poverty.

Her organization UrbanCure has three programs: a Policy Program that works directly with the White House and the Congress on Welfare Policy ideas; a Media Program that includes rapid response and the daily news blog, blackcommunitynews.com; and a Clergy Program that umbrellas a national network of more than 850 clergy who serve in various hard-hit zip codes around the country.

In 2017, Star joined the White House Opportunity Initiative advisory team to share ideas on how to best fix our nation’s most distressed zip codes.

In 2018, she was appointed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to the U.S. Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission. 

Star has a bachelor's degree in Marketing and International Business from Woodbury University and has received numerous awards and commendations for her work on public policy issues.

Many of national acclaim would agree that Star Parker has established herself as a thoughtful and energetic leader in Washington D.C. - and her CURE advisory board includes folks of note such as Generals John Ashcroft and Ed Meese; Drs. Marvin Olasky, George Gilder and Walter E. Williams. 

In 2016, CPAC honored her with the “Ronald Reagan Foot Soldier of the Year”.

In 2017, Star was the recipient of the Groundswell Impact Award; and in 2018,  Bott Radio Network presented Star with its prestigious Queen Esther Award, and nominated her to the National Religious Broadcaster Board of Directors. 

To date, Star Parker has spoken on more than 225 college campuses, including Harvard, Berkeley, Emory, Liberty, Franciscan, UCLA, and UVA. 

She has authored several books; is a regular commentator on national television and radio networks including the BBC, EWTN, and FOX News; and is a nationally syndicated columnist with Creators, which carries in some of the largest newspapers and news websites in the country, reaching 7 million readers weekly.

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Gloria Purvis

Gloria Purvis is a graduate of Cornell University and she worked for nearly two decades in the mortgage industry before becoming a risk management director at a major financial services company. She served on the National Black Catholic Congress' Leadership Commission on Social Justice, and as an Advisory Board Member on the Maryland Catholic Conference's Respect for Life Department as well as the Archdiocese of Washington's Pastoral Council. She also taught Natural Family Planning and helped prepare engaged couples for marriage as a member of a Pre-Cana team in the Archdiocese of Washington. She has appeared in various media outlets including The Washington Post, PBS Newshour, Catholic Answers Live, and EWTN News Nightly.

Currently, she is a full time stay at home mom. She is a Board Member for the Northwest Pregnancy Center and Maternity Home in Washington, D.C. She serves on the Catholic Advisory Board for Ave Maria Mutual Funds. She serves a lay consultant to the U.S. Bishops’s Committee on Religious Liberty. She is the creator and host of the EWTN tv series, Authentically Free at Last, that deals with the modern challenges to the expression and understanding of authentic human freedom. She also hosts the morning radio program, Morning Glory, on EWTN Global Catholic Radio. She is dedicated to promoting the sanctity of human life, marriage, and the dignity of human person.”

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JOAN ROSENHAUER

Joan Rosenhauer is the Executive Director of Jesuit Refugee Service/USA. In this role, she leads the organization’s efforts in the U.S. to fulfill its mission to accompany, serve, and advocate for refugees and displaced people. As a member of JRS’s global Senior Leadership Team, she also helps lead JRS’s global operations.  

Rosenhauer is a former JRS/USA Board Member and has spent most of her career advocating for social justice and mobilizing the U.S. Catholic community to do the same. As the Executive Vice President of Catholic Relief Services, Rosenhauer led the organization’s outreach, advocacy, marketing, and communications - helping those in the United States respond to critical needs around the world. Under her leadership, CRS programs, followers, and revenue grew. Prior to joining CRS, Rosenhauer spent 16 years with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, where she served as associate director of the Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development. Prior to that role, she held a variety of positions, including special projects coordinator and outreach coordinator for the USCCB’s Department of Social Development and World Peace.

Rosenhauer has a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree in public policy management from the University of Maryland. She has been awarded honorary doctorates from Dominican College, St. Ambrose University and Georgetown University.

A native of Chicago, Rosenhauer was the 2009 recipient of the Harry A. Fagan Award from the Roundtable Association of Diocesan Social Action Directors. She attends St. Casimir Parish in Baltimore.

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D.C. Schindler

D.C. Schindler received his Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America in 2001, with a dissertation on the philosophy of Hans Urs von Balthasar. He taught at Villanova University for twelve years before coming to the John Paul II Institute in 2013, with his wife, political philosopher Jeanne Heffernan Schindler, and their three children.  He has published 7 books and over 60 articles, principally on the meaning of truth, beauty, and goodness, and their anthropological correlates in reason, love, and freedom.  Currently, Dr. Schindler is working on a trilogy on the problem of freedom, the first volume of which was published in 2017 by Notre Dame with the title Freedom from Reality: The Diabolical Character of Modern Liberty.  Dr. Schindler is a translator of French and German and has served as an editor of the North American edition of Communio: International Catholic Review since 2002.


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GEORGE WEIGEL

George Weigel, Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, is a Catholic theologian and one of America’s leading public intellectuals. He holds EPPC’s William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies.

From 1989 through June 1996, Mr. Weigel was president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where he led a wide-ranging, ecumenical and inter-religious program of research and publication on foreign and domestic policy issues.

Mr. Weigel is perhaps best known for his widely translated and internationally acclaimed two-volume biography of Pope St. John Paul II: the New York Times bestseller, Witness to Hope (1999), and its sequel, The End and the Beginning (2010). In 2017, Weigel published a memoir of the experiences that led to his papal biography: Lessons in Hope — My Unexpected Life with St. John Paul II.

George Weigel is the author of more than twenty other books, including The Cube and the Cathedral: Europe, America, and Politics Without God (2005); Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st-Century Church (2013); Roman Pilgrimage: The Station Churches (2013); Letters to a Young Catholic (2015); and The Fragility of Order: Catholic Reflections on Turbulent Times (2018). His essays, op-ed columns, and reviews appear regularly in major opinion journals and newspapers across the United States. A frequent guest on television and radio, he is also Senior Vatican Analyst for NBC News. His weekly column, “The Catholic Difference,” is syndicated to eighty-five newspapers and magazines in seven countries.

Mr. Weigel received a B.A. from St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore and an M.A. from the University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto. He is the recipient of nineteen honorary doctorates in fields including divinity, philosophy, law, and social science, and has been awarded the Papal Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, Poland’s Gloria Artis Gold Medal, and Lithuania’s Diplomacy Star.