Cardinal O'Connor Conference on Life

The largest collegiate pro-life conference in the United States

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Our Twenty-first Annual Conference

Keynote Address

The keynote address is at the heart of the Conference’s mission to educate our audience on the importance of respect for all human life and to encourage meaningful, informed discussion. At the 2020 Conference, we are excited to welcome two keynote speakers.


Dr. Jonathan Reyes

Dr. Jonathan Reyes is the Assistant General Secretary for Integral Human Development for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Executive Director for Justice Peace and Human Development. Before going to Washington DC, he helped co-found Christ in the City and the Augustine Institute, served as President and CEO of Catholic Charities in Denver, served as Vice President for FOCUS and was a professor and the Academic Vice President for Christendom College. He was a Rackham Graduate Fellow at the University of Michigan and completed his doctoral studies in intellectual History from the University of Notre Dame.

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Sr. bethany madonna

Sister Bethany Madonna entered the Sisters of Life in 2007. While attending the University of Central Florida, she had a profound encounter with the Lord, which drew her heart toward the vulnerable unborn and their mothers. After her graduation in 2006, she worked for the Respect Life Office for the Diocese of Orlando before joining her religious community. Immersed in Eucharistic prayer within a vibrant community life, their missions include caring for women who are pregnant and in crisis; accompanying college students on campus; inviting those suffering after abortion to receive the healing mercy of Jesus; intercessory prayer; retreat works; and fostering a Culture of Life through evangelization. Sister Bethany made her final vows in 2015, and currently lives at the community’s Motherhouse, serving as the Vocation Director. She is passionate about sharing the message of life and love.