Session 1 Panel 1

Love made Fruitful: Amoris Laetitia on Cherishing the Gift of New Life.

10:00 - 11:00 Panel 1: Love made Fruitful: Amoris Laetitia on Cherishing the Gift of New Life. 
(Hall 8A) – EN 🎧 FR

Moderator: Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland. 
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Panellists:            
•    Dr. Helen Watt, Anscombe Bioethics Centre, Oxford, England
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•    Julia Dezelski, Assistant Director for Marriage and Family, Laity at USCCB, USA
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•    Brett Lockhart QC, Barrister, Northern Ireland


“In the face of the so-called culture of death, the family is the heart of the culture of life” (LS, 213). “The family is the setting in which a new life is not only born but also welcomed as a gift of God” (AL, 166). This panel celebrates the gift of new life and reflects on the importance of fruitful love as reflected in Amoris Laetitia.

Biographies

Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland.

Eamon Columba Martin was born in Derry in 1961; his parents, Catherine Crossan and John James Martin were both from Inishowen in Donegal. He has six sisters and five brothers. He studied at St Patrick's College, Maynooth and took degrees in Mathematical Science and Theology. His postgraduate studies were at Queen's University Belfast, the Institute of Education in London and the University of Cambridge. He was ordained on 28 June 1987 and appointed to Templemore Parish in Derry. In 1990 he went to teach at St Columb's College. He became Head of Religious Education in 1997 and President of the College. In 2008, Fr Eamon was appointed Secretary of the Irish Bishops' Conference but returned to Derry Diocese as Vicar General in 2010. On 25 November 2011 he was elected Diocesan Administrator of the Diocese of Derry and on 8 September 2014 appointed Archbishop of Armagh. 

Dr. Helen Watt, Anscombe Bioethics Centre, Oxford, England

Dr Helen Watt is Senior Research Fellow at the Anscombe Bioethics Centre, Oxford.  From 2001-2010 she was Director of the Linacre Centre for Healthcare Ethics (as the Anscombe Centre was then called). From 1992-2001 she held the post of Research Fellow at the Centre; from 1993-1996 she was also Senior Research Associate at Peterhouse, Cambridge. Her research interests include reproductive ethics and action theory, particularly issues of cooperation and complicity. Her publications include The Ethics of Pregnancy, Abortion and Childbirth (Routledge, 2016) and Life and Death in Healthcare Ethics (Routledge, 2000), together with several edited volumes including the conference collections Cooperation, Complicity and Conscience (Linacre Centre, 2005) and Fertility and Gender (Anscombe Bioethics Centre, 2011). She has also published articles in a range of journals including Clinical Ethics and the Journal of Medical Ethics.

Julia Dezelski, Assistant Director for Marriage and Family, Laity at USCCB, USA

Julia Dezelski is Assistant Director for Marriage and Family Life, Laity at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, assisting the bishops in advancing the vocation and mission of the lay faithful in the world and the Church, and the promotion of marriage and family life. She oversees ForYourMarriage.org, a website to help couples at all stages of life to understand and live God’s plan for happy, holy marriages. She is a regular guest on the radio show More 2 Life, hosted by Dr. Greg and Lisa Popcak at EWTN. Prior to her work in marriage and family, Julia worked for and alongside consecrated women in their ministry worldwide and in the United States.  Mrs. Dezelski holds a licentiate in theology (S.T.L.) and is currently pursuing a doctorate at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. She and her family live in the Washington, DC area.

Brett Lockhart QC, Barrister, Northern Ireland

Brett Lockhart QC is a barrister practising civil law in Northern Ireland. He was received into the Catholic Church in 2002, having been influenced by the writings of Cardinal John Henry Newman. He was formerly a Presbyterian elder and retains a profound respect for all that he received within Presbyterianism. He is completing his training for the Permanent Diaconate and hopes to be ordained in St Peter's Cathedral, Belfast in October, as one of the first nine Permanent Deacons in the Diocese of Down and Connor. Brett is married to Aine and they have 4 grown-up sons. He is regularly involved in writing and speaking on public square issues.

 

 

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