Evangelist and Catholic apologist, Patrick Madrid, will give the keynote address at this Sunday’s 37th Annual Respect Life Convention at the St. Charles Convention Center.
About 850 people are expected to hear Mr. Madrid’s presentation entitled “Ticking Time Bomb—How Global Aging Will Affect You.” This seminar covers the practical implications of several interlocking social and moral issues such as contraception, abortion, euthanasia, cloning, and “global aging.” The sold-out lunch and keynote begins at 11:30, but Mass at 9:30 a.m., booths and exhibits, and afternoon workshops beginning at 2:00 p.m. are all free and open to the public.
For more than 25 years, Mr. Madrid has contributed mightily to Catholic evangelism. He is the president of The Envoy Institute, host of the popular radio show “Right Here, Right Now” broadcast on EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network, and author or editor of more than 20 books including, Pope Fiction, Search and Rescue, and Does the Bible Really Say That? Currently an adjunct professor of theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville and research fellow of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Studies, Mr. Madrid also edited and co-authored the popular Surprised by Truth series.
“Reflecting Pope Francis’s emphasis on ‘mercy first’, especially towards the most vulnerable in our society, our Convention’s lineup of expert speakers will address topics like why we are pro-life in a whole life way, how to help those most in need, and the importance of promoting life even in the most difficult circumstances,” said Karen Nolkemper, Executive Director of the archdiocesan Respect Life Apostolate.
The Archdiocese of St. Louis was the first in the nation to establish a Respect Life Apostolate (RLA) following the landmark Roe v Wade decision in 1973. Every October, which is Respect Life month, the RLA hosts its annual convention. The purpose of the convention is to gather, listen, and discuss efforts to respect the dignity and sanctity of life and efforts to build the “Culture of Life” in our society.