Thursday 4 October | 9am to 9pm
Epsom Girls Grammar School | Marjory Adams Hall
Silver Road | Epsom | Auckland
“Dear young people, let us not be satisfied with a mediocre life. Be amazed by what is true and beautiful, what is of God.” Pope Francis
LifeFest is about celebrating the awesome gift of life and learning how to love, serve and protect life from its very beginning to its natural end. With a special focus on the most vulnerable among us – especially pre-born babies, the disabled, elderly and terminally ill.
This year you will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet the daughter of Saint Gianna Beretta Molla! Saint Gianna chose to put the life of her precious pre-born infant ahead of herself. Her daughter, Dr Gianna Emanuela Molla will share with you her saint-mum’s story and great trust in God!
You are a wonderful, unique and never to be repeated miracle of God and He has a purpose and a plan for your life. Holiness is part of that plan, so is learning to love your neighbour as yourself. Come along to LifeFest, celebrate, be inspired and discover ways to serve!
Register today to ensure your place and if you’re one of the first 25 people to register you’ll get an extra special gift over and above the bag of goodies waiting for all participants!
Register online here, or phone Michael 021 825 955.
Cost is $20 (that’s about the same as a movie and a snack). Includes lots of food and a goodie bag. If $20 is a stretch we’d still love for you to come.
Bring your friends… youth group… school… It’s an event not to miss!
8:30am Registration Opens
9:00am Programme begins with music, inspiring talks and practical, fun activities
12:00pm Holy Mass
1:45pm Programme continues with more music, more inspiring talks and more practical, fun activities
6:30pm Evening programme including Eucharistic Adoration
Dr Gianna Emanuela Molla
Dr Gianna Emanuela Molla is the daughter that Saint Gianna Beretta Molla gave her life for. She works full time serving the Saint Gianna Foundation as General Secretary and is devoted to sharing the example, testimony and spirituality of her Saint-Mum. Formerly, Gianna Emanuela practiced as a geriatrician at the Geriatric Institute, “Camillo Golgi” in Abbiategrasso, Milan. In 2003, she left her profession to care for her father Pietro until he died on April 3, 2010, on Holy Saturday, at the age of almost 98.
Gianna will share the testimony of her Saint-Mum.
Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke
One of the world’s foremost authorities on Roman Catholic canon law, Raymond Cardinal Burke leads with an unwavering passion for the integrity of Catholic doctrine embodied in the words of Jesus Christ. He is the Cardinal Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, Archbishop Emeritus of St Louis, USA and Prefect Emeritus of the Apostolic Signatura, the church’s highest court.
Cardinal Burke will led participants in Eucharistic Adoration where he will give a homily about our great call to be saints!
Father Shenan J. Boquet
Father Shenan J. Boquet travels around the world spreading the Gospel of Life as president of Human Life International (HLI).
Having journeyed a million miles to over 70 countries, Father Boquet collaborates with Vatican officials, (arch)bishops and Church leaders, mentors priests and seminarians, offers guidance to civil leaders, speaks at numerous international conferences, and spreads the Catholic Church’s teaching on Life and Family as part of HLI’s global mission to build a Culture of Life.
A frequent guest on various media programs, Father has appeared on EWTN television and radio shows, Catholic Answers Live, Ave Maria Radio, and Vatican Radio.
Father Boquet was raised in the small town of Bourg, Louisiana, in a devoutly Catholic family and community, who provided his initial formation in Christ. His earliest and most influential examples were his parents, grandparents, godmother and parish priests, all of whom instilled in him at a young age a love for Christ and his Church, and an active faith that was to be lived, and not merely held. He was very active as a youth in service projects with Catholic Charities and other groups that ministered to families, the elderly, the sick, the poor, and marginalized. This active faith grew naturally into a vocation to the priesthood, where the contemplative and sacramental aspects of the Faith complemented and informed the active.
Father Boquet will share practical ways to love, protect, defend and serve life.
Dr Brian Clowes, PhD
Dr. Brian Clowes is the Director of Education and Research at Human Life International and is one of the most accomplished and respected intellectuals in the international pro-life movement.
Best known as author of the most exhaustive pro-life informational resource volume The Facts of Life, and for his Pro-Life Basic Training Course, Brian is the author of nine books, over 90 scholarly and popular articles, and has traveled to 50 countries on six continents as a pro-life speaker, educator and trainer.
Brian authored the report which helped sway legislators in the 2001 defunding of the UNFPA by the Bush Administration.
Brian and his wife, Kathleen, have seven children and combined have over 50 years of pro-life experience.
Brian Clowes will work with Father Boquet to share with you knowledge and practical ways of loving, defending, protecting and serving life.
Kathy Clowes has been helping clients, women, children and couples at Front Royal Pregnancy Center since 1998. After eight years as a peer counselor, Kathy became Director in 2006. Prior to coming to Northern Virginia, Kathy advocated for women for 12 years in the Pacific Northwest. She oversees staff and volunteers each day. Because she likes to see clients thrive, she regularly counsels clients in challenging circumstances. Kathy has a BS in Biology, (enjoys reading current research in health care), and is investing in graduate school to better serve clients.
Kathy and her husband, Brian, have seven children and combined have over 50 years of pro-life experience.
Kathy will share stories of young women she has helped.
Dr Colin Harte, PhD
Colin gained his PhD for a thesis on suffering and self-giving, based on the theology an anthropology of John Paul II.
For 24 years, until her death in 2013, he was the personal care assistant of Alison Davis, an exceptional pro-life advocate who suffered greatly throughout her life, and whom FLI was honoured to host at their 2009 conference.
He is the author of a major and ground breaking book, Changing Unjust Laws Justly: Pro-life solidarity with the “last and the least”.
Colin addresses conferences and seminars in the UK and internationally, and is frequently called upon to participate in TV and radio discussions on euthanasia in the UK. He is a Board Member of the UK euthanasia opposition group Care Not Killing.
Colin is totally committed to the sanctity of life and has a very special empathy with those who suffer.
Colin will help participants understand why euthanasia and assisted suicide must be opposed.