The Gregorian Institute Shield, composed of the crossed gold and silver keys of the Papal Insignia, an open book with the words 'Via Veritas Vita' ('The Way, the Truth, and the Life') written on its pages, three golden six-sided stars on a red banner, and a Germanic cross.


Humanae Vitae Symposium March 23-24

The Symposium on the New Evangelization, the Gregorian Institute’s spring conference, examines “Humanae Vitae 50 Years Later: A Call to Self Gift” this year.

Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, will present the 7th Annual Symposium March 23-24 in Ferrell Academic Center on campus (details here).

Additionally, pre-symposium workshops by the Fellowship of Catholic University Scholars (FOCUS) are designed to equip catechists, educators, clergy, and parish leaders with practical tools for evangelization.

Pope Paul VI’s encyclical on the regulation of birth is a big topic, but the symposium has attracted a big group of presenters to tackle it. Speakers come from 24 different academic institutions, eight professional organizations, and seven diocesan offices.

The conference has been listed by the U.S. bishops as a conference of note this year.

[To Register, Click Here.]

Along with the many presentations, a major benefit of the Symposium is the time allotted for conversation, fellowship, and prayer. The conference is given continual prayer support by Eucharistic adoration, available throughout in a room in the conference building. This year a relic of St. Padre Pio will be available for veneration in the chapel, provided by presenter Pat Castle, founder of Life Runners.

The main business of the Symposium, though, is in the discussions engendered by our presenters.

Janet Smith, professor of moral theology at the Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Mich., will tackle the thorny question, “When is it Moral to Use NFP?”

Jennifer Roback Morse of the Ruth Institute will look at Blessed Paul VI’s prophecies about “The Sexual State and the Contraceptive Ideology: the Prophetic Voice of Blessed Paul VI.

Brad Wilcox, the acclaimed sociologist from the University of Virginia will use statistics to explain “How Faith Matters for American Families.”

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone  will give a pastoral perspective of Humanae Vitae.

Other featured presenters include Dominican Father Nicanor Austriaco who will address human gene editing; and medical perspectives from Dr. Angelique Pritchett, Dr. Terese Bauer and health care professional Teresa Kenny.

Fifty years later, there are more resources, appreciation and support for Humanae Vitae than at any other time. The Gregorian Institute’s symposium immerses participants in the best and newest.

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Benedictine College


Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas. The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide. It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging. It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.