Join us for the MOST important pro-life and pro-family conference of 2023!
We’re living in a time of confusion and chaos with false freedom being extolled as the sure path to happiness.But there still is hope!
The sexual revolution, which promised so much freedom, has left many people wounded by its enticing traps.
Those who carry wounds are not just anyone…
…The wounded are your children, your brother, sister, mother, father, cousin, aunt, uncle, friend, colleague, neighbour. You.
How do we speak the truth in love to those most dear to us? How do we stand firm in an ever-changing moral landscape? What can be done? Is all lost?
All is not lost. There is cause for great hope!
Christ Jesus has the victory. Our task is to be faithful defenders of truth right where God has placed us at this precise moment in history.
In this most important conference, featuring an impressive line-up of international and local speakers, you and your family will be taken out of the confusion and chaos and reminded of the sure path to happiness.
Gain an understanding of current issues affecting life, faith, and family, and discover ways to effectively engage with an increasingly secular and wounded society.
Even more importantly, learn how to walk with, and answer the questions of, the people closest to you with true compassion.
Don’t miss this full three-day programme packed with informative presentations, workshops, networking opportunities, and prayer.
Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse
Dr. Morse is the founder of The Ruth Institute, an interfaith international coalition to defend the family and build a Civilization of Love. Learn more…
1. Understanding and Resisting the Global Sexual Revolution 2. Understanding and Resisting the Sexualization of Children 3. Practical Ways You Can Combat the Global Sexual Revolution (Friday Workshop)
Father Shenan J. Boquet
Father Boquet is president of Human Life International, and is a leading expert on the international pro-life and family situation and movement, having journeyed to nearly 90 countries on pro-life missions over the last decade. Learn more…
1. How Contraception Destroys True Love 2. Go Forward in Hope
John Smeaton is vice-president of the International Right to Life Federation and chairman of Voice of the Family. He was chief executive of the UK’s Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) until 2021. Learn more…
1. Fighting for Life: Learning from History
Dr. Gianna Emanuela Molla
Dr. Gianna Emanuela Molla is the daughter St. Gianna Beretta Molla gave her life for. She works full time promoting devotion to her Saint-Mum, Gianna, and Holy Dad, Pietro, through the establishment of the St. Gianna and Pietro Molla International Center for Family and Life in the United States. Learn more…
Conference Dinner Speaker
Catherine Gillies is a former President of Voice for Life, and has served many other pro-life activities. Currently she is the Convener of the Human Life Committee (Auckland Diocese) and director of Hope Alive NZ. Catherine has assisted countless women and men in their journey to recover from their abortion experience. Learn more…
Walking with the Wounded: Practical Insights into Post Abortion Healing (Friday Workshop)
Dr. Brian Clowes
Dr. Brian Clowes is the Director of Education and Research at Human Life International. He is an expert author and speaker on a wide range of topics impacting life and family. Learn more…
Transhumanism: The Future History of the Culture of Death?
Dame Colleen Bayer
Colleen Bayer is the Founding Director of Family Life International NZ, which she established in 1992. Colleen speaks frequently nationally, and on a number of occasions internationally, about life and family issues, in particular serving pregnant mothers and their babies. Learn more…
1. Opening Address 2. Reaching Abortion Vulnerable Women Panel
Father Palman is the Parish Priest of Holy Family Parish in Te Atatu, Auckland. He has a keen interest in pro-life and pro-family issues and is a courageous proclaimer of the Gospel of Life. Learn more…
Friday Night Address
Tim Wilson is the Executive Director of Maxim. He is an award-winning journalist who has worked in print, radio and television. He was TVNZ’s first US Correspondent. His work has appeared in the New York Times, The Guardian and Newsweek.com. Learn more…
The Importance of Failure
Father Linus Clovis
Father Linus F Clovis is a priest of the Archdiocese of Castries, St. Lucia in the West Indies. He studied at the Angelicum in Rome and was ordained in 1983 by Saint Pope John Paul II. He is a versatile speaker on pro-life issues, scripture, Mariology and Catholic teaching. Learn more…
Fatima and the Final Battle
Richard McLeod has been practising as an immigration, refugee and human rights lawyer in Auckland for 25 years. In April 2019, in opposition to the End of Life Choice bill he founded the lawyers’ group “Lawyers for Vulnerable New Zealanders” campaigning tirelessly against the Bill and the End of Life Choice Act. Learn more…
Crossing the Rubicon: The Legalisation of Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide in New Zealand
Dr. Martin Ng
Martin is a specialist GP working in Mt Wellington, Auckland over the last 21 years. He enjoys all aspects of General Practice and the challenges that come with it. He is a cradle Catholic who discovered the goodness, beauty and truth of the faith about a decade ago. Learn more…
Perspectives of a Pro-Life GP
There are many benefits to be gained from participating in this pro-life and pro-family conference:
✓ Informative presentations and practical workshops to inform inspire and equip you to effectively engage with an increasingly secular and wounded society.
✓ Discover how to honestly answer the questions of people closest to you, while walking alongside with true compassion.
✓ Find encouragement to remain steadfast in joy and in hope.
✓ Strategise and form new friendships and nurture those already established with people from throughout New Zealand and the world.
✓ Be inspired to live faithfully your call to holiness by participating in beautiful liturgies and opportunities for prayer.
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Who Should Attend?
Family Life International’s Conference “Go Forward in Hope” is an important event designed to equip, educate, encourage and provide you with opportunities for fellowship and spiritual renewal.
All those who wish to restore a culture of life in their local, national and international communities should attend.
✓ Mums, Dads and Grandparents ✓ Young adults and students ✓ Newlyweds and couples ✓ Pro-life and family leaders ✓ Priests, pastors, religious, and seminarians ✓ Marriage and Family educators ✓ Teachers and principals ✓ Researchers and professors ✓ Social workers, counsellors and therapists ✓ Doctors, nurses, and all health professionals ✓ Saints and sinners!
Novotel Auckland Ellerslie 72-112 Green Lane East Ellerslie 1051 Auckland (Friday / Saturday / Sunday)
Opening Mass at St Michael’s Catholic Church 6 Beatrice Road Remuera Auckland (Thursday)
Located just off the Greenlane off-ramp, the Novotel Auckland Ellerslie is easily accessed by car and bus. The venue has plenty of outdoor and indoor space for enjoying downtime with old and new friends. Please note, the conference programme is at the Novotel Auckland Ellerslie from FRIDAY. The Opening Mass on Thursday at 7:30pm takes place at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Remuera.
Paid parking is available on-site on a first-come, first-served basis. Pay and display options are available within the broader complex, and free parking can be found on surrounding residential streets.
Shuttle We will provide a shuttle to/from the conference venue and various parking points each day. If you think the walking distance may be too much for you, please get in touch for more information about how the shuttle service will work.
Drop Offs You are welcome to drop off elderly and very young passengers (with a caregiver) at the front entrance of the Hotel before finding a place to park.
Several accommodation options are available in the area. The venue has two hotels on site. The Novotel is a 4-star hotel, while the Ibis caters for the more budget minded.
Discount To receive a 15% discount off the Flexible Rate of the Day please quote this code when booking : BGPG
The code is available from 24th to 26th March in both the Novotel and Ibis Ellerslie Hotels. 24 hour cancellation.
Booking To book contact the Novotel or Ibis Ellerslie Hotels directly and quote the code above.
“Our family wanted to write and thank FLI for organising and hosting another wonderful Conference. Being amongst likeminded Pro-Life/Pro-Family Catholic laity and Clergy was a real boost for the soul.” – Angela
DINNER IS NOW SOLD OUT.
Sponsorships are available. Please fill out the registration form to apply.
We’re looking forward to seeing you!
Thursday 23 to Sunday 26 March 2023 Auckland, New Zealand
What past participatants say:
“This was my second conference but the first that I have attended almost its entirety. I think it matches and betters other secular conferences I have been to. ”
“I greatly valued the opportunity to meet with like-minded people and discuss various matters of interest and concern.”
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Go Forward in Hope Conference
“Let us go forward in hope!
…The Son of God, who became incarnate two thousand years ago out of love for humanity, is at work even today: we need discerning eyes to see this and, above all, a generous heart to become the instruments of his work.”
Pope Saint John Paul II, Novo Millenio Ineunte, 58