AUGUST 16, 2013        


Hispanic Congress for Respect Life and Evangelization to bring Cardinals, Bishops, 
hundreds of clergy, ministry leaders, and youth to North Texas this weekend

The Third Hispanic Congress of the Americas for Respect Life and Evangelization is expected to bring hundreds of people, including two cardinals, an archbishop, bishops and numerous clergy and lay people to the Plano Convention Centre August 16-18. 

The Congress, hosted every two years, aims to bring Hispanics in the Americas together to network and unite to defend and promote life, marriage, and religious liberty and to become effective witnesses of the Gospel of Life to the Church and to all people.

The Congress is hosted by Bishop Kevin J. Farrell of the Diocese of Dallas, and the Diocese of Fort Worth, and is organized by the Spanish Ministry of the Catholic Pro-Life Committee of North Texas, the Respect Life Ministry of the Diocese of Dallas. Assisting with the conference is the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities. 

The sessions throughout the Congress will be conducted in English and Spanish and some translation will be available for English-speaking participants.

The Plano Convention Centre is located at 2000 East Spring Creek Parkway, Plano, 75074.  The cost of the Congress sessions, which includes materials, is $30 for adults and $20 for youth between 18-18.  Clergy, religious, seminarians and youth under 12 years old are free.  Free childcare is available.  Food and lodging are separate.

“We are very grateful that the Bishops have the confidence in us to spread the Gospel of Life to people from around the country at this conference,” said Aurora Tinajero, Director of Spanish Ministry for the Catholic Pro-Life Committee of North Texas.

In 2008 the First National Hispanic Pro-Life Congress was held in Dallas, and the second was held in Phoenix, Arizona in June 2011. 

The Congress this year begins on Friday, August 16, with a Mass celebrated by Bishop Mark Seitz, Diocese of El Paso, followed by a concert. 

Cardinal Seán O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston, will be the main celebrant at the Opening Mass on Saturday, August 17.  Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, will be the main celebrant at the Closing Mass on Sunday, August 18.

Numerous breakout sessions are scheduled on various life, liberty and marriage topics.  Keynote addresses will be delivered by Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, Archdiocese of San Antonio; Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, and Alejandro Bermúdez, host of “Cara a Cara” on EWTN.  Others speakers include Dr. Pilar Calva, geneticist and bioethicist and member of Pontifical Academy for Life; Astrid Bennett Gutierrez, co-host of “The Catholic View for Women” on  EWTN; Maria del Pilar Vasquez Calva, international speaker on gender ideology issues; and Father Augustino Torres, CFR, youth conference speaker, among others.

A concert featuring Shaddai Ministry and Father Jesús Belmontes, pastor of San Juan Diego Catholic Church in Dallas, is scheduled for the evening of Saturday, August 17.

Bishop Mark J. Seitz of El Paso will deliver the closing remarks.

The two-day Congress will be broadcast live on three radio stations: Radio Católica Cristo Rey, Radio Católica Espiritu Santo, y la Red de Radio Guadalupe.

Press room at the Plano Centre is the Boardroom.  For media interviews, contact Martin Arizmendi at 972-948-2850.

More information may be found at www.prolifedallas.org/congress.