Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele and Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., will both offer remarks at the May 6-7 NCR "Washington Briefing for the Nation's Catholic Community" Plus, we've added a panel on The Catholic Vote: 2008, 2010, 2012. Morna Murray, president of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good will moderate the panel. Panelists are Dr. Patrick Whelan, president of Catholic Democrats and Mark Stricherz, author of Why the Democrats are Blue: How Secular Liberals Hijacked the People's Party.
A timely special presentation, Catholics Confront the Abuse Scandal with NCR senior correspondent and Vatican analyst John L. Allen, Jr. and NCR editor-at-large Tom Roberts has been included in the Washington Briefing agenda.
Participants in the two-day briefing will also engage with these presenters:
Health Care Reform — Moderator: Rev. Thomas Reese; Panel: Sr. Carol Keehan, James Roosevelt
Abortion and the Significance of the Law — Helen Alvare
The World We Live In: National Security — James Dyer, Michael Sheehy
All Roads Lead to Rome: US-Vatican Relations in the 21st Century — Moderator: John Allen; Panel: Tom Melady, Jim Nicholson
Catholic Education Challenges — Patty Weitzel O'Neill
PLUS Luncheon speaker: John Zogby
AND Dinner keynote: Sr. Simone Campbell, Executive Director, Network
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For complete information on the conference, and to register for this two-day event at the reduced group rate of $395.00, please visit our Washington Briefing page .
Hotel Accommodations: Hotel reservations may be made at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill where a discounted block of rooms has been reserved for conference participants. Transportation to and from the hotel to Trinity will be provided.
Expect two full days, beginning with continental breakfast, from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., Thursday, May 6 and closing with a keynoted dinner on Friday, May 7. All conference materials, two continental breakfasts and two luncheons, Thursday's reception on Capitol Hill, Friday dinner and transportation between the hotel and Trinity's campus are included in the registration fee.
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