This Thursday: What is the World Meeting of Families?

 A Collegium-Newman Discussion on Love, Vocation, Friendship, and Human Fulfillment
When: Thursday, September 17th, 2015; 7:00 p.m.
Where: Upper Lounge, Newman Center (3720 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia)

Can’t make it with the thousands of others across the globe for the World Meeting of Families Congress at the Philadelphia Convention Center?  Please join us for this special presentation at Penn.

Dr. Christopher Roberts: Theologian.  Dr. Roberts is the primary editor and writer for the World Meeting of Families Catechism, Love is our Mission: the Family Fully Alive. His previous book was Creation and Covenant: The Significance of Sexual Difference in the Moral Theology of Marriage (2008). For several years he was a television journalist at PBS, including time as a reporter for the program Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly. Dr. Roberts completed his Ph.D. in theology at Kings College, University of London. He taught at Villanova University, and is currently studying for the permanent diaconate at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. Chris and his wife Hannah recently welcomed their fourth child.

Ms. Caitlin La Ruffa: Director of the Love and Fidelity Network.  Caitlin is a frequent speaker, commentator and writer on marriage and sexual integrity.  She has been featured in The New York Times, WORLD Magazine, the National Catholic Register, National Review Online, and the Christian Broadcast Network.  She has been published in The Public Discourse, Mercatornet, AltCatholicah, and Verily Magazine.  Prior to joining LFN, Ms. La Ruffa graduated from Princeton University, worked at Bain & Company in New York, and began her career in the International Programs division of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

Mr. Ron Belgau: Cofounder of Spiritual Friendship, an increasingly popular group blog dedicated to exploring authentic Christian teaching on friendship, especially in the context of homosexuality.  He is in the PhD program in philosophy at St. Louis University, where he teaches Ethics, Medical Ethics, Philosophy of Religion, and Philosophy of the Human Person. He has served on the steering committees for Bridges Across the Divide and the Seattle Archdiocesan Gay and Lesbian Ministry, as a group leader for Multifaith AIDS Projects, and as leader of the Gay Christian Network’s celibacy support forum. For more than a decade, he has travelled around North America speaking about Christian teaching and homosexuality. Many of his essays and speeches are available at He also blogs at First Things and Spiritual Friendship.

This special Newman Night event will take place immediately following Newman’s Thursday Night Dinner.  To be sure that we have adequate seating, it would be helpful if you claim a space in advance with Katie Becker: