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Basilica of St. Mary in Alexandria will host its first Saints Peter and Paul Conference

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The Basilica of St. Mary in Alexandria will host its first Saints Peter and Paul Conference June 30, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. National author, speaker and writer, Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, of the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia, will present the topic “Sex, Love and Gender.”

The conference, held near the feast of Saints Peter and Paul, will highlight the teaching authority of the church and why the teaching contained in “Humanae Vitae” is still relevant 50 years after it was first published. The event is sponsored by the Office of Marriage, Family and Respect Life.

The conference begins with Mass at 8:30 a.m., followed by registration and the start of the presentations. Father Pacholczyk will give three talks during the day: Overview of “Humanae Vitae”; The Gift of Human Life — Begotten Not Made; and Thinking Through the Transgender Question. Each talk will be followed with time for Q&A.

Father Edward C. Hathaway, rector of the basilica, chose to bring Father Pacholcyk after hearing him speak at the annual priest convocation in early May.

Father Pacholczyk is director of education at the National Catholic Bioethics Center and directs the center’s National Catholic Certification Program in Health Care Ethics. He has taught bioethics classes at St. John’s Seminary in Boston, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa., The Catholic University of America in Washington, and Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Connecticut.

 If you go

St. Mary School Gym, 400 Green St., Alexandria, June 30 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Optional Mass at Basilica of St. Mary, 310 S. R oyal St., Alexandria, 8:30 a.m.

 Register at stmaryoldtown.org/conference/.


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