Leticia Velasquez, formerly of Moriches, Long Island and presently residing in Connecticut, will be speaking on Down syndrome and Eugenics on Saturday morning at 10:30 at a conference at Kellenberg Memorial High School in Uniondale, New York. She will also be signing copies of her book “A Special Mother is Born” at the vendor tables. Leticia is the mother of three daughters, one of whom has Down syndrome.
Leticia’s workshop is to be part of the massive two day Society of Catholic Social Scientists 20th Annual Conference. Apart from the Keynote addresses, there will be three general categories of concurrent panels planned throughout the two days of the conference: Catholic Social Scientists (Academia) Panels; Catholic Writers and New Media Panels; and Diocese of Rockville Center New Evangelization Initiatives Panels.
Among those expected to attend are faculty or senior students from Kellenberg Memorial High School, members of the Marianist community, clergy and religious, academics, and laity in and out of the Diocese of Rockville Centre (DRVC). Initiatives are to include but are not limited to: catechesis, blogs, conferences, lectures, the authoring of new books on critical topics, as well as informal counseling and consulting on a one-to-one as-needed basis.
Leticia is to be part of the panel of bioethics initiatives. Local Catholic Health Professionals and Bioethicists will be teaming together to effectively and ethically educate the Laity in many vital areas including: Advanced Directives, DNR’s, End of Life Care, Proper Comfort Care, Adult vs. Embryonic Stem Cell Research and Therapy, Special and Disability Needs Advocacy, Legitimate alternatives to IVF, Natural Family Planning and more. Below is the schedule for the Bioethics New Evangelization Initiatives, which take place Saturday October 27th 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Bioethics New Evangelization Initiatives:
Moderator: Leonarda Capponi, RN, Our Lady of Mercy Adult Education/RCIA, Catechist
Dr. Lisa Honkanen, Respect Life Moderator, St. Matthews Dix Hills, DRVC
“The Attack on Truth and Catholic Morality in Health Care”(10:30-10:50am)
Leticia Velasquez, M.A Education, Co-founder of KIDS (Keep Infants with Downs Syndrome); Blogger
“Pre-Natal Testing and Eugenics” (10:50-11:10am)
Leonarda Capponi, RN, Our Lady of Mercy Adult Education/RCIA, catechist (11:10-11:30am)
“Making Educated and Ethically Informed Healthcare Decisions”
Question and Answer Segment (11:30-11:45am)
The young adult/teen initiatives will take place on Saturday, October 27th from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. Leaders on the Diocesan, parish, high school and campus level will share the secrets to the successful impact of their various programs. Initiatives will include: Life Teen, Wyld Life, World Youth Day, Faith on Tap, Campus Ministry, Catholic Ministry Team, XLT, and Holy Hour for Vocations.
Nolan Reynolds, Director of Youth Ministry, Our Lady of Mercy, DRVC will serve as the moderator/panelist. Panelists include Mike Clauberg Life Teen Director, DRVC; Marianne Sheridan, Diocesan Coordinator for Youth Ministry, Campus Ministry, Young Adults; Andrew Scott Campus Ministry, St John’s University, Queens; Charlie Mailloux, Events Coordinator/Catholic Ministry Team; and Laura Giannuzzi, Speaker/Catholic Ministry Team.
The family initiatives will take place on Saturday, October 27th from 3:00 to 4:15 p.m. Leaders will discuss strong programs and efforts emerging over the last years specifically for Men and Fathers, Women and Mothers, Couples and the Youth. Initiatives will include the relatively new Men of St. Joseph, the Annual Men’s Conference, the Annual Women’s Silent Retreat, Among Women Podcast, Retrouvaille for troubled marriages, an extraordinarily effective Vacation Bible School that engages both the parents and the children, Monica’s Mothers: Prayer Initiative for Adult Children away from the Faith, a dynamic approach to Religious Education, and Catholic Therapy that repairs and rebuilds all aspects of the family. All efforts are to be directed at optimal understanding of the Faith and optimal functioning.
Kevin Murphy, Coordinator of Men of St Joseph, Our Lady of Mercy, and Committee Member, Annual Diocesan Men’s Conference, will serve as moderator/panelist. Panelists will include Corinne Addiss, Founder/Coordinator, Annual Women’s Silent Retreat, Vacation Bible School, St Patrick’s Parish, Smithtown; Dawn Eskew, Founder of Monica’s Mothers (an extension of theDiocesan Chapter of the World Apostolate of Fatima); Sean and Marie McCormick, Retrouvaille Ministry Facilitators; Marianne Mirkow, Director of Religious Education, St. James Parish in Seaford; and Allison Ricciardi, Catholic Therapist/Director of St Raphael Center.
One of the Keynote Speakers will be Peggy Clores, Adult Education Coordinator, Our Lady of Mercy Parish, Diocese of Rockville Centre, whose topic will be “The New Evangelization of Pope John Paul II and Benedict XVI: Efforts and Apostolates on the Local, Regional, and National Level. All Keynote speakers will present at keynote lunches or dinners.
Registration is $20 per day; you may choose to attend one or both days. Lunch or dinner is additional; to attend a keynote lunch or dinner you must be registered for that meal. Mass is scheduled for both Friday and Saturday. Pre-registration is closed; tickets can be purchased at the door. For more information, including a complete listing of the conference program, visit www.scssconference.org or call 516-292-0200, ext. 200.
Kellenberg Memorial High School
1400 Glenn Curtiss Boulevard
Uniondale, New York 11553