Contraception - Why Not? Rethinking Humanae Vitae in 2018


Monday, October 22, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM or 7:00 – 9:00 PM
University of St. Thomas Campus, St. Paul
Please join Bishop Andrew Cozzens for a one day conference as we explore the scientific, social, and moral context for one of the central questions of our day. Discover what Blessed Pope Paul VI actually spoke of in his encyclical Humanae Vitae, which reaffirmed the teaching of the Catholic Church on married love, conscious parenthood and the use of artificial contraception.

Lined up to present for the day are some of the best international experts and local dignitaries. They will review the predictions, questions and themes at the very center of this teaching.


Register online for either session. Both sessions take place at the Anderson Student Center (James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall) on the University of St. Thomas Campus, St. Paul.

Daytime Session, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
$20 per person; $10 per clergy or religious
Continental breakfast & lunch included. Free for students - no lunch included

Evening Session, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Free to attend
Condensed version of the daytime session - registration encouraged


Dr. Maureen Condic
Associate Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the University of Utah School of Medicine.

Dr. Robert Fastiggi
Professor of Systematic Theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Michigan.

Dr. Janet Smith
Leading expert on Humanae Vitae and a professor of moral theology at the Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit.

Mary Eberstadt - American essayist, novelist, and author of several non-fiction books on religious freedom, the sexual revolution and culture.

Matt Birk
Former MN Viking, graduate from Cretin Derham Hall in St. Paul, Harvard University and Pro-Life advocate!

Professor Teresa Collett
Professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law and Director of the Pro-Life Center.

Dr. Deborah Savage
Philosophy and Theology Professor at the The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity

Event Partners

Siena Symposium for Woman, Family & Culture
University of St. Thomas - Center for Catholic Studies
The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity
Harry J Flynn Catechetical Institute
Cana Family Institute
Media support provided by: Relevant Radio


Call the Office of Marriage, Family & Life at 651.291.4488
or email