Life and Family Conference 26 – 29 January 2012

November 24, 2011 11:22 am
Albury Conference Speaker to Debunk ‘Overpopulation Myth’
Recently the world’s population clocked over 7 billion and yet the planet is not overpopulated claims Steve Mosher, the president of the Population Research Institute. Mosher, a sociologist who has been studying population issues for over 30 years says our problem is not overpopulation but the very opposite, the looming demographic winter.
He is among a dozen renowned speakers who will address attendees at the Australia Day Life and Family Conference – Defending the Defenceless, to be held at Lake Hume near the border cities of Albury/Wodonga from 26-29 January.
Compatriot, Msgr. Philip Reilly from New York is a living saint who inspires all who come into contact with him. He is the founder and spiritual head of the movement known as “The Helpers of God’s Precious Infants” and a highly sought after speaker. He will be explaining his method for reaching out personally to women in crisis pregnancies with love and prayer.
Along with these two international defenders of life, the conference, organised by Family Life International, Australia’s largest Catholic Pro-Life Organisation, will feature an impressive Australian line-up of experts who will educate on topics like Euthanasia, Marriage, Pre-natal Testing, Vocations, Gay Marriage and De-Population amongst others.
On Saturday 28th there will be a gala dinner at Albury’s Commercial Club featuring Msgr Reilly as key note speaker – an evening which will be open to non-conference attendees as well.
“Defending the sanctity of life is the defining struggle of our times.”
Director of Family Life International, Paul Hanrahan, says they are busy preparing for the huge three day national conference. He claims the average Catholic needs a little help by way of inspiration, prayer, connection and education to become true Apostles of Life. “FLI is at the forefront of defending life from conception to natural death and upholding the dignity of the human person and his most necessary social institution – the family. This conference aims to share all that we have experienced and learnt to a wider audience – to help us all fulfil the salvific role God has given us.”
Steve Mosher and the Demographic Winter
The mission of PRI is to expose the myth of overpopulation and the human rights abuses that occur within these programs. The world’s birthrate is slowing, with 80 countries, including Australia, unable to maintain their populations. Before the middle of this century world population will be in decline, at first slowly and then dramatically, creating many serious associated problems. Mosher’s message is that people are the world’s greatest resource, one we cannot do without and that mankind is falling prey to depopulation programs using abusive, discriminatory, invasive and enforced compliance measures.
Based on U.N. Population Database’s information, the world’s population would still fit into the US state of Texas, with every family of four in their own home with a front and back yard. He explains per capita income has increased 90 times and that the life expectancy increased from 24 to almost 70 years of age since the earth’s population was one billion. So the 7 billionth baby has a better life prospect than ever before!
Mosher was a pro-choice atheist when he experienced a major conversion in 1979 following his ground breaking study of life in a rural Chinese village. His first hand observations of China’s one-child policy saw him denounced by the Chinese Government as a spy. Meeting the founder of Human Life International, Fr Paul Marx led him to embrace the Catholic Faith.
Msgr Philip Reilly and the ‘Helpers’ Way
The Monsignor has spent countless days outside abortion clinics and had thousands of ‘turnarounds’. His method has now extended all over the world and has been extraordinarily successful for not only saving babies from abortion but saving souls – helping those involved with abortion find their way back to God and helping those in the work of opposing abortion to grow in sanctity and love.
He says the Prayers are there also to give a personal love to God’s infants who will die that day. “Just as John the Baptist was able to leap for joy in Elizabeth’s womb because he was aware of the presence of Love itself, Jesus and His Blessed Mother Mary, so too will the babies joyfully leap in their mothers’ wombs when they hear the voices of the Prayers. They will know they are loved.”
Paul Hanrahan claims that our culture is now almost devoid of the religion, virtues, and social norms that built it and that now we are left with a fragile veneer of civilisation, threatening to crack at any moment. But, he says this generation receives the gift of hindsight – being able to see the sad results of the disregard for family and for life. Paul said “The tide is turning in the church and at last her timeless, though sometimes unpopular teachings on life, are being pronounced from pulpits, through websites and the multimedia. Now is the time to strengthen our brothers and inspire everyone to be a light to the nations. Many souls who have been damaged by the culture of death are now thirsting for the truth. So there is much work to be done and much hope!”
The conference is a rare opportunity for anyone over the age of 16 who is interested in learning more about celebrating and protecting life. Families are welcome at the conference at Lake Hume Resort where there will be free activities and meals for children under this age during the conference who are staying at the resort.
Please contact FLI on (02) 9519 9111 for bookings and more information or check out their website
For Additional Information  contact:
Family Life International 02 9519 9111
Mr Paul Hanrahan 0402 320 217,
Conference Speakers
Most Rev Bishop Julian Porteous
Bishop Porteus is Patron of FLI. He was installed as Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney in 2003 – choosing as his motto, ‘Gratia et Veritas’. He served as Rector of the Seminary of the Good Shepherd, Sydney from 2002 to 2008. He has been an advocate of John Paul II’s New Evangelisation and became patron of FLI’s 40 Days For Life campaign in 2010.
Sr Moira Debono RSM
Sr Debono completed her doctoral studies in Rome specialising in Sacramental Theology. She has taught at the University of Portland and at St John Vianney Seminary in Denver. Sister is currently a lecturer at the University of Notre Dame, Sydney.
Dr Andrew Foong
Dr Foong has worked as a GP in Sydney since 1990. Andrew is a past teacher of Theology of the Body at the Catholic Adult Education Centre and has a special interest in NaproTechnology.
Fr Gregory Jordan
Fr Gregory Jordan is Chaplain to the Australian Catholic Students Association and to the Medical Guild of St Luke, Brisbane. He was formerly Headmaster of Jesuit schools in Sydney and Rector of university colleges in Hobart and Brisbane.
Rev Dr Peter Joseph
Fr Joseph completed his Doctorate in Theology at Gregorian University, Rome. He lectures at Vianney College and currently serves as parish priest of St Dominic’s, Flemington, Sydney.
Mr Eamonn Keane
Eamonn Keane is a school teacher and is currently the head of social sciences at Redfield College, Dural. He has given lectures and published books and magazine articles on various aspects of Catholic faith throughout Australia and overseas.
Dr Deirdre Little
Dr Little is a practising Obstetrician and Gynaecologist. Deirdre has written various articles and given presentations on the important area of prenatal screening and the associated moral issues.
Rev Dr Peter Murphy
Fr Murphy completed his Doctorate in Moral Theology in Rome whilst working for the Holy See. He is a lecturer in Moral Theology at Vianney College and is currently Parish Priest of Holy Spirit Parish, Lavington.
Fr Terence Mary Naughtin
Fr Terence Mary Naughtin is a Conventual Franciscan Friar and an experienced public speaker. He has a particular interest in the relationship between the sanctity of life and the worship of God.
Dr John Obeid
Dr Obeid is a Senior Staff Specialist in Geriatric Medicine and Stroke at Blacktown. His special interests are delirium, dementia, stroke and Parkinson’s disease. He is passionate about improving the quality of care given to older people and promoting the rights and dignity of the aged.
Dr Wanda Skowronska
Dr Wanda Skowronska is a registered psychologist and has experience with pregnancy and post-abortion counselling. She is guest lecturer at the John Paul II Institute in Melbourne. Wanda’s special pro-life focus is spiritual adoption of the unborn.