The Conference of the Association of Priests for the Gospel of Life took place yesterday at St Wilfrid's Hall at the London Oratory. In the morning, we heard from Mgr Ignacio Barreiro, who runs the Rome office of Human Life International. He explained how it was essential for the promotion of the Gospel of Life that we should, as priests, preach the whole of the Catholic faith. When he returns to Rome, he will make the lecture available so that I can post it here and on the APGL website. I will, at the same time, post the text of my own lecture in the afternoon on the subject of "Challenges and Opportunities in Pro-Life Preaching."
The conference was attended by a number of young clergy, including Fr Nicholas Schofield of the Roman Miscellany, Fr Marcus Holden, co-author of the brilliant Evangelium course, and Fr Mark Vickers. Also in the photo below, you can discern the presence of Fr Richard Whinder (ubiquitous in the blogosphere) and Fr Jeremy Davies of the Westminster Diocese.
Tow priests from the Franciscans of the Renewal were there. They have a particular apostolate in the pro-life field. We were grateful for the sterling work of SPUC who helped greatly by taking the practical arrangements off our hands. Here is a snapshot of John Smeaton talking to Fr Fidelis.