Speakers and Topics


Stewards of our Bodies: Responsible Parenthood and the Spirituality of Stewardship
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, a native of San Diego, earned his BA from the University of San Diego, and his STB in Theology, Doctor of Canon Law, from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Having served as Auxiliary Bishop of San Diego and Bishop of Oakland before being appointed the ninth Archbishop of San Francisco, he brings a statewide vision to the mission of CANFP, and has served on the Executive Board since 2009. Archbishop Cordileone is the Chairman of the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee for the Defense of Marriage

Professor Chris Kaczor 

The Seven Big Myths About Marriage
Cohabitation: Just Like Marriage?
Christopher Kaczor, PhD,  is William E. Simon Visiting Fellow in Religion and Public Life in the James Madison Program at Princeton University and is Professor of Philosophy at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He graduated from the Honors Program of Boston College and earned a Ph.D. four years later from the University of Notre Dame. He did post-doctoral work in Germany at the University of Cologne as a Federal Chancellor Fellow and returned as a Fulbright Scholar. He has written eleven books, including The Seven Big Myths about Marriage. Dr. Kaczor’s research on issues of ethics, philosophy, and religion has been in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, the Huffington Post, National Review, NPR, BBC, EWTN, ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, MSNBC, TEDx, and The Today Show

Theology of the Body
Ed Hopfner, MA is the director of Marriage and Family Life for the Archdiocese of San Francisco. A much-sought-after speaker, Ed has given talks throughout North America, particularly on the Theology of the Body. Originally from Seattle, Ed has a master’s degree in Theology from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology and currently resides near Berkeley. In his spare time, he likes foreign films, red wine, the Oakland A’s and bluegrass.

 Dr. Keenan

Stewardship of the Environment
Lynn Keenan, MD, President of the CANFP Executive Board, is a Clinical Professor at the UCSF/Fresno Internal Medicine Residency Program, Board Certified in Sleep and Internal Medicine, Certified FertilityCare Medical Consultant,and Vice President of the International Institute for Restorative Reproductive Medicine. She earned her BSN at UCLA, her MD at Temple University School of Medicine, and completed her Residency in Internal Medicine at UCSF/Fresno. Dr. Keenan has served on the Executive Board of CANFP since 2004, and as President of CANFP since 2010. 

Fr. Gonzalez

La Buena Noticia de PNF Para La Comunidad Hispana
El Padre Marcos González es sacerdote de la Arquidiócesis de Los Ángeles, sirviendo como Parroco de San Juan Crisostomo en Inglewood.  El Padre González es nativo de Cuba y creció en la region de Los Ángeles.  El sirvió en la Mesa Ejecutiva de CANFP por mas de una década y actualmente sirve en la Mesa Nacional del Encuentro de Novios.

Sheila St. John

CANFP: Agent of Change
Sheila St. John, Executive Director of CANFP, has been an advocate for NFP in California since helping found the organization in 1993. She also maintains an active NFP Program in the Monterey Region, having personally instructed over 700 couples in the use of NFP over the last 33 years.

Alice and Jeff Heinzen

Reasons for Hope: What Pope Francis Shared at the Synod
Nourish Marriage and Family Life with NFP
Alice and Jeff Heinzen have been joyfully married for over 35 years, and are parents of three grown children, with five granddaughters. In the fall of 2014, Alice and Jeff were invited by Pope Francis to participate in the Extraordinary Synod on the Pastoral Challenges of the Family at the Vatican, the only American couple participating. Alice serves the Diocese of La Crosse as the Director of the Office for Marriage and Family Life, and prior to that was the Diocesan Coordinator for Natural Family Planning. Jeff is President of McDonell Area Catholic Schools. 

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PCOS and NaProTechnology: Innovative Approaches to Evaluation and Management
Amie Holmes, MD, has returned to her native California, and opened a NaPro practice at St. Agnes Medical Center, upon completion of a fellowship at the Pope Paul VI Institute in Omaha, NE in the Spring of 2015 . She left her hometown of Torrance CA in 2003 to attend medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health, and completed her OBGYN residency at the West Penn Allegheny Health System in Pittsburgh, PA and John Peter Smith Hospital in Forth Worth TX.

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The Sexual Revolution and Its Victims: Contraception 
 Jennifer Roback Morse PhD, is the founder and President of the Ruth Institute — a project of the National Organization for Marriage — which seeks to promote life-long married love to college students by creating an intellectual and social climate favorable to marriage. Senior Research Fellow in Economics at the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty, she is the author of Smart Sex: Finding Life-long Love in a Hook-up World, and Love and Economics: Why the Laissez-Faire Family Doesn’t Work, recently reissued in paperback, as Love and Economics: It Takes a Family to Raise a Village. Dr. Morse served as a Research Fellow for Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Rochester, and taught economics at Yale University and George Mason University. Her public policy articles have appeared in Forbes, Policy Review,The American Enterprise, Fortune, Reason, the Wall Street Journal, Vital Speeches, and Religion and Liberty.
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Way of the Bride

Way of the Heart: Featuring Four Temperaments
Rose Sweet, Catholic author and conference speaker, brings heart and humor to all her presentations. Her passion is helping people live their faith in the daily details by “Putting RELIGION into RELATIONSHIPS”. She’s authored ten books on relationship issues that include being single, dating & courtship, marriage and parenting, divorce, annulments, and how to get along with almost anyone. Her work is deeply rooted in St. John Paul’s “Theology of the Body” and she has been a speaker at the annual TOB Congress and in 2015 at the World Meeting of Families.
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Speaking the Language of Grief and Loss

Michaelene Fredenburg is an author and frequent speaker at universities and events. She has written numerous articles about reproductive grief and loss and has participated in over 100 radio and television programs. Michaelene has also advocated before United States House and Senate Committee hearings about the need for studies that evaluate the emotional and physical impact of all pregnancy outcomes and has presented to physician delegates from Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan through the State Department’s International Visitors Program

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Preparing for Conception and Motherhood

Mary Davenport, MD, FACOG, is an Obstetrician Gynecologist in private practice in El Sobrante, CA. She graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine and completed her residency at the University of California, San Diego. A Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, she has an NFP-only medical practice and is a Medical Consultant in Natural Family Planning. She serves on the advisory board member for CANFP and Board of the American Association of Pro-Life OBGyn’s.

Doctor George Delgado

Abortion Pill Reversal 
 La Inversion de la Pildora Abortiva
George Delgado, MD, FAAFP is the medical director of Culture of Life Family Health Care, the medical director of Abortion Pill Reversal and the associate medical director of The Elizabeth Hospice. Dr. Delgado is an NFP Medical Consultant trained in NaProTechnology and completed the one-year Certification Program in Health Care Ethics with the National Catholic Bioethics Center. Dr. Delgado published the first peer-reviewed article in the medical literature on the reversal of mifepristone (RU 486) using progesterone.

George Delgado, M.D., FAAFP es el director medico de Culture of Life Family Health Care, el director medico de Abortion Pill Reversal y el director medico asociado de  The Elizabeth Hospice.  El Doctor Delgado es un consultor medico de planificacion natural familiar y especialista en NaProTECHNOLOGY y el recibio el certificado del programa en bioetica de el National Catholic Bioethics Center. El Doctor Delgado publico el primer articulo medico sobre la inversion de la pildora abortiva utilizando progesterona. 

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Fighting Fire with Fire—moving beyond pornography and toward a true purity of heart
The Mystical Meaning of Manhood
Fr. Thomas J Loya, STB, MA, is currently the pastor of Annunciation of the Mother of God Byzantine Catholic Parish in Homer Glen, IL, and the host of two radio programs. He earned a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art, and a Masters in Counseling and Human Services. His studies for the priesthood included an STB from the Angelicum University in Rome, where he was first exposed to Pope John Paul II’s monumental teaching on the human person when he attended his weekly audiences about The Theology of the Body. Using his background in art, counseling, and Eastern Catholic spirituality, Fr. Loya brings the principles of The Theology of the Body deep into the lived experience of every aspect of human sexuality.
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Motherhood: Sacrifice, or Perfection of Woman?
Karen Chan, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at St. Patrick’s Seminary, in Menlo Park. She earned her B.A from the University of San Francisco, San Francisco and her Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
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Instructores de PFN y Centros de Ayuda Pro Vida: La importancia de trabajar juntos.
Astrid Bennett Gutierrez, MEV es la Directora Ejecutiva de Los Angeles Pregnancy Services (LAPS) una organización pro vida, católica que opera dos centros de ayuda para la mujer, que está ubicado en la “zona cero” del aborto en Los Angeles. Como Presidente y portavoz de Hispanos Próvida ha participado en varios programas de radio y televisión en Fox News, CNN, Univision y Telemundo. Participo como invitada en las primeras dos temporadas de “Defendiendo la Vida” para la cadena católica EWTN en español. Ella es copresentadora de la nueva serie “The Catholic View for Women” para EWTN en ingles.
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Begotten Not Made: Ethics of Assisted Reproductive Technologies
Jennifer Lahl is founder and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network. Lahl couples her 25 years of experience as a pediatric critical care nurse and a hospital administrator, with a deep passion to speak for those who have no voice. As a field expert, she is routinely interviewed on radio and television including ABC, CBS, PBS, and NPR. She wrote and directed the documentary film Eggsploitation, and Anonymous Father’s Day, a documentary film exploring the stories of women and men who were created by anonymous sperm donation. Her latest film, Breeders: A Subclass of Women? on surrogacy completes the trilogy of films exploring the ethics of third-party reproduction.

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A Path Worth Walking: Life, Liberty and the Rise of Pro-Life Feminism
Fiorella Nash, Saturday night’s Banquet Speaker, will be traveling all the way from her home in the UK to share her ideas with us. Fiorella is a researcher for the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, based in the UK, and specializes in bioethics from a feminist perspective. She has made numerous appearances at both national and international conferences, discussing abortion, maternal health and women’s issues. An award winning novelist, her fifth novel will was published by Ignatius Press this fall.