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Catholics and IVF A Pastoral Approach

Are you a Roman Catholic or married to one and considering IVF or other forms of ART for your family? Does the Roman Catholic Church’s position raise concerns regarding your decision? You’re invited to a webinar on Monday, December 7th, 2009 at 1:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.

This webinar will help prepare Catholics who are considering IVF/ART or have a child born as a result of IVF / ART to have a productive and respectful conversation with their pastors from the perspective of their lived experiences. The guest speaker will be pastoral representative, Father Jon Pedigo.

Fr. Jon Pedigo, STL, is a native of California, has been active in civic affairs and social justice causes for over 25 years. Since his ordination to the Diocese of San José in 1991, Fr. Pedigo has been involved with several local social justice causes and inter-faith dialogues. Fr. Pedigo, a 2004 recipient of the Martin Luther King Good Neighbor Award and awarded the 2008 Immigrant Advocate of the Year by SIREN (Services, Immigrants, Rights and Education Network) serves on the Sacred Heart Community Service Board, the Human Concerns Commission of the Diocese of San José and the Inter-Faith Council of Santa Clara County. Fr. Pedigo holds a Bachelor’s of Music Degree from San Francisco State University and a Master of Music from Indiana University, Bloomington. He did his theology studies at St Patrick Seminary, Menlo Park and holds a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley. Fr. Pedigo serves as Pastor at St Julie Billiart Parish, in the southern most area of the city of San José. Currently he is working on immigrant rights and addressing rising poverty levels within Santa Clara County.

About The American Fertility Association (AFA):

The AFA, a 501(c)(3) national non profit organization is a lifetime resrouce for infertility prevention, reproductive health and family building. AFA services and materials are provided free of charge and are available to everyone without reservation. or 888.917.3777.

To register for this webinar, please click here.

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