III Binational ProFamily ProLife Congress
"True Love in the Family is Forever"
March 2, 2019 - San Diego, CA
Tim Staples is Director of Apologetics and Evangelization at Catholic Answers, but he was not always Catholic. Tim was raised a Southern Baptist. Although he fell away from the faith of his childhood, Tim came back to faith in Christ during his late teen years through the witness of Christian televangelists. Soon after, Tim joined the Marine Corps.
During his four-year tour, he became involved in ministry with various Assemblies of God communities. Immediately after his tour of duty, Tim enrolled in Jimmy Swaggart Bible College and became a youth minister in an Assembly of God community. During his final year in the Marines, however, Tim met a Marine who really knew his faith and challenged Tim to study Catholicism from Catholic and historical sources. That encounter sparked a two-year search for the truth. Tim was determined to prove Catholicism wrong, but he ended up studying his way to the last place he thought he would ever end up: the Catholic Church!
He converted to Catholicism in 1988 and spent the following six years in formation for the priesthood, earning a degree in philosophy from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Overbrook, Pennsylvania. He then studied theology on a graduate level at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, for two years. Realizing that his calling was not to the priesthood, Tim left the seminary in 1994 and has been working in Catholic apologetics and evangelization ever since.
Astrid Bennett Gutierrez, MEV
Astrid is the Executive Director of Los Angeles Pregnancy Services (LAPS), a pregnancy help center located in L.A.’s abortion ground zero. She is a member of the Missionaries of the Gospel of Life (MEV), the lay association of Priests for Life. She is also President of Hispanics for Life and Human Rights. Astrid is a member of the Commission for Catholic Life Issues of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles where she assists Monsignor Timothy O’Connell with the formation of Hispanic Respect Life committees. She is a co-host, along with Janet Morana and Teresa Tomeo of the new EWTN series, The Catholic View for Women.
Astrid also hosts a weekly radio program on ESNE Radio (El Sembrador Ministries) entitled Viviendo la Cultura de la Vida (Living the Culture of Life) and is a frequent guest on Guadalupe Radio and the Evangelical television network Almavision.
Rodrigo Ivan Cortez
He is president of the National Front for the Family, vice president of the Political Network for Values, global network of social and political leaders in favor of life, family and fundamental freedoms; Co-founder and International Coordinator of the Parliamentary Network for Political Ethics Action; Co-founder and director of the Institute for the Analysis of Family Policies; Professor, from 1995 to date, of the Pontifical Institute John Paul II for the Family; Professor of Geopolitics and Globalization of Univ. Anahuac, National Councilor for the Family Network, member of the International Chatholic Legislators Network, based in Rome, Italy.
BA in Philosophy, Univ. Panamericana; Master's Degree in Public Administration, Univ. Anáhuac; Master and PhD candidate in Government and Culture of Organizations, Univ. De Navarra, Spain; Specialization in Public Policies and Legislative Power, ITAM; Diploma in Governance by COLMEX, IPADE and CIDE, and in International Relations by Univ. Cervantes de Chile; complemented his studies at Western Institutions at the University of Notre Dame, USA; in Political and Social Philosophy at the University of Oxford, England; of National Security and Intelligence at Defense University, USA, and Israel's Galilee College.
He has been a local and federal popular representative. Co-author of 8 books on Political and Social Humanism, published in Mexico, Argentina and Chile. He has lectured and shared his reflections in several countries and venues, such as the UN, the OAS, the Library of Congress and the US Capitol, the Chilean Parliament, the Peruvian Parliament, the European Parliament, the Congress of Catholics and Public Life of Spain, as well as in the World Congress of Families, in the USA and Moldova.
Additional speakers to be confirmed.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, in you we contemplate the splendor of true love;
to you we turn with trust Holy Family of Nazareth,
grant that our families too may be places of communion and prayer,
authentic schools of the Gospel and small domestic churches.
Holy Family of Nazareth, may families never again experience violence, rejection and division;
may all who have been hurt or scandalized find ready comfort and healing.
Holy Family of Nazareth, make us once more mindful of the sacredness and inviolability of the family, and its beauty in God’s plan.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Graciously hear our prayer. Amen.
Pope Francis, Apostolic Exhortation The Joy of Love