Pope Francis said “Mercy is the force that reawakens us to new life and instils in us the courage to look to the future with hope,” (Misericordiae Vultus #10).
The Respect Life Conference provides hope and inspiration for people of good will who seek to reawaken in all hearts a zeal for life. An impressive array of national speakers deliver powerful and impactful messages of mercy that can guide our efforts to promote, nurture and instill the Gospel of life into our world. Important and relevant topics such as human trafficking, pornography, abortion and bioethics are explored through the lens of God’s merciful love for each of us.
All ministry leaders, parishioners, and community members who seek to become more effective witnesses to the Gospel of life and the Father’s love are invited to this special event that is designed to engage all Catholics on the mission of mercy in the life of the Church.
This year the conference was held in the Diocese of Orlando on October 14 & 15. Below you can listen to recordings from events during the most recent conference.
Dale Recinella speaks about the power of God’s mercy in his own life – having built a successful career and then nearly losing everything including his own life. He received a second chance and encountered a calling from Jesus that changed his life forever. Recinella is the Catholic Correctional Chaplain for Florida’s Death Row.
This prayer service was written by Louis Canter, OEF to reflect on the effects of abortion and the hope of reconciliation and forgiveness for transgressions against life. The text is from Sacred Scripture and the poems are from women who have had abortions. Narrations reflect on the effects of abortion. This is a message of respect of all life. Life is sacred. Life is a gift. This work will be performed in its entirety with full orchestra at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe on Oct. 28 at 7:30 pm.
Most Reverend Felipe J. Estévez, Bishop of the Diocese of Saint Augustine speaks at the Diocese of Orlando Respect Life Conference about the Gospel of life and offers a special prayer for life.
updated Feb. 22, 2017