Saints Peter & Paul Conference

Join us for our first ever Saints Peter and Paul Conference with national author, speaker and writer Fr. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. of the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia, PA.

The mission of the conference is to highlight the Church’s Magisterium (teaching authority). At this year’s conference, you will learn why the Church’s teaching, specifically as contained in Humanae Vitae (Of Human Life), is still relevant 50 years later.

Registration is $15 per person and includes a light breakfast and lunch. The conference will take place on Saturday, June 30 beginning at 9:00am with a light breakfast and concluding at 2:00pm at the Basilica of Saint Mary School Gym. Attendees are welcome to join us for Mass at 8:30am at the Basilica (310 South Royal Street). Please note, registration will close on Wednesday, June 27.

For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact our Assistant Director of Religious Education, Ryan Farrell, via phone (703-836-4100 x 3023) or email.

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Conference Schedule

  • 8:30am – Mass at St. Mary’s Basilica
  • 9:00am – Registration opens (coffee and donuts available)
  • 9:40am – Welcome and Introduction
  • 9:45am – First Talk: Overview of Humanae Vitae
  • 10:30am – Q&A
  • 10:45am –  Break
  • 11:00am – Second Talk: The Gift of Human Life – Begotten Not Made
  • 11:45am – Q&A
  • 12:00pm – Lunch
  • 1:00pm – Third Talk: Thinking Through the Transgender Question
  • 1:45pm – Q&A
  • 2:00pm – Conference concludes

Speaker Bio

Fr. Tad currently serves as the Director of Education at The National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia and directs the Center’s National Catholic Certification Program in Health Care Ethics. He is a priest of the diocese of Fall River, Massachusetts. He writes and speaks widely on bioethics and medical ethics. Since 2001, he has given several hundred presentations and invited lectures, and participated in debates and roundtables on contemporary bioethics throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. He has taught bioethics classes at St. John’s Seminary in Boston, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Connecticut.

As an undergraduate Fr. Tad earned degrees in philosophy, biochemistry, molecular cell biology, and chemistry, and did laboratory research on hormonal regulation of the immune response. He later earned a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Yale University, where he focused on cloning genes for neurotransmitter transporters which are expressed in the brain. He worked for several years as a molecular biologist at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Father Tad studied for 5 years in Rome at both the Gregorian University and the Lateran University, where he did advanced work in dogmatic theology and in bioethics, examining the question of delayed ensoulment of the human embryo.

He has testified before members of the Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Virginia and Oregon State Legislatures during deliberations over stem cell research and cloning. He writes a monthly newspaper column on bioethics that is nationally syndicated to more than 40 diocesan newspapers in the U.S., and which has also been carried by newspapers in England, Poland and Australia. He has done commentaries for numerous media outlets, including NBC Nightly News, CNN International, ABC World News Tonight, National Public Radio, the Wall Street Journal, the Dallas Morning News, and the New York Times.


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