Symposium - Speakers

In addition to the speakers below, the Symposium will feature dozens of colloquium sessions and presenters.


Keynote Speakers


Most Rev. Salvatore J. Cordileone

Archbishop of San Francisco


Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone was born in San Diego on June 5, 1956. He attended public school through 12th grade and earned his BA in philosophy from the University of San Diego in 1978.  He earned a second bachelor’s degree in sacred theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1981.  Archbishop Cordileone was ordained to the priesthood on July 9, 1982.  He continued his studies at Gregorian University from 1985-89, earning a doctorate in canon law.


He was appointed Judicial Vicar for the Diocese of San Diego in 1990 and served as an assistant to the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura from 1995-2002.  On July 5, 2002, Pope John Paul II appointed him the Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of San Diego, where he served until his appointment as Bishop of Oakland on March 23, 2009. On July 27, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him as the ninth Archbishop of San Francisco.  He was installed on October 4, 2012.


Archbishop Cordileone sits on the Committee for Canonical Affairs, and has chaired the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.  He is a member of the Governing Board of the International Theological Institute.


Dr. Janet Smith


Janet E. Smith is the author of Humanae Vitae: A Generation Later and of the Right to Privacy and the editor of Why Humanae Vitae Was Right: A Reader. Prof. Chris Kaczor and Prof. Smith co-authored Life Issues, Medical Choices, Questions and Answers for Catholics.  She has recently edited with Fr. Paul Check, Living the Truth in Love: Pastoral Approaches to Same Sex Issues. Her articles have been published in many academic journals, has been a regular columnist for the National Catholic Register and blogs on


Prof. Smith served three terms as a consulter to the Pontifical Council on the Family and currently is a member of the Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission, III. She has received two honorary doctorates and several other awards for scholarship and service. She has appeared on the Geraldo show, Fox Morning News, CNN International, CNN Newsroom, AlJazeera and has done many shows for various series on EWTN.


More than two million copies of her talk, “Contraception: Why Not” have been distributed.



Dr. Jennifer Roback-Morse


Dr. Morse is the founder of the Ruth Institute, a global non-profit organization focused on keeping the family together, protecting the rights of children and helping the millions of people who have been harmed by family breakdown.


She has authored or co-authored four books and spoken around the globe on marriage, family and human sexuality. Her work has been translated into Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Polish. Her newest book is The Sexual Revolution and Its Victims.


She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Rochester and taught economics at Yale and George Mason Universities. Dr. Morse was named one of the “Catholic Stars of 2013” on a list that included Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI. Dr. Morse and her husband are parents of an adopted child, a birth child, a goddaughter and were foster parents for San Diego County to eight foster children.



Dr. Bradford Wilcox


Dr. W. Bradford Wilcox, Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia, obtained his doctorate (Ph.D.) from Princeton University. He is Director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Family Studies. Wilcox was a Jefferson Scholar while an undergraduate at the University of Virginia. He has held research fellowships at Princeton University, Yale University and the Brookings Institution. His most recent book, which he coauthored, is Soul Mates: Religion, Sex, Love & Marriage Among African Americans and Latinos (Oxford, 2016).




Featured Presenters


Fr. Nicanor Austriaco


Fr. Nicanor Austriaco, O.P., completed his Bachelor’s Degree (B.S.E.) in Bioengineering, summa cum laude, at the University of Pennsylvania, and then earned his Ph.D. in Biology from M.I.T. in the laboratory of Professor Leonard Guarente, where he was a fellow of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). He was ordained a priest in the Order of Preachers in May of 2004. He completed his Pontifical License in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) in Moral Theology, summa cum laude, at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC, in 2005, and a Pontifical Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.), magna cum laude, at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, in 2015.


Fr. Austriaco currently serves as Professor of Biology and of Theology at Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island. His NIH-funded laboratory at Providence College is investigating the genetics of programmed cell death using the yeasts, Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Candida albicans, as model organisms. Papers describing his research have been published in PLoS ONE, FEMS Yeast Research, Microbial Cell, Cell, the Journal of Cell Biology, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, among others. In philosophy and theology, his essays have been published in the National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, Theological Studies, Nova et Vetera, The Thomist, Science and Theology, and the Linacre Quarterly. His first book, Biomedicine and Beatitude: An Introduction to Catholic Bioethics, was published by the Catholic University of America Press in 2011. It was recognized as a 2012 Choice outstanding academic title by the Association of College and Research Libraries.



Teresa Kenney


Teresa Kenney is a women's health nurse practitioner who has been practicing at Pope Paul VI Institute for 17 years. She was born and raised in Omaha and went to the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing where she received a nurse practitioner degree. She is a certified medical consultant practicing the new reproductive health science developed by Dr. Thomas Hilgers called NaproTechnology. Teresa has been publishing a newsletter online since 2008, called Fertility Care for Young Women, which is designed to educate young women about health and the gift of their fertility. She is a member of the American Academy of Fertility Care professionals and previously taught the Creighton Model Fertility System as a fertility care practitioner for 7 years. Teresa and her husband Daniel have been married for 17 years and have eight children. She frequently speaks to groups at Churches, Catholic high schools, and other events promoting Naprotechnology and Fertility Awareness  to women and men of all ages. She also works part time for Sancta Familia Medical Apostolate, a wonderful new Catholic health care center in Omaha, providing women's health and fertility care services.



Terese Bauer, MD


Terese Bauer, MD, is a board-certified specialist in family medicine with special interest in the health of families in body, mind, and soul.  She is a Medical Consultant Intern with NaPro Technology. She believes the most rewarding aspect of medicine is the opportunity to work toward building a culture of life through healthy families. Dr. Bauer is fluent in medical Spanish.  She welcomes Spanish-speaking patients into her medical practice.  She is a graduate of the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed a residency in family practice at St. Luke's Family Medicine Residency in Milwaukee, WI. She is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Catholic Medical Association.  Dr. Bauer has a personal interest in international medical missions.  For relaxation, she enjoys reading, music, travel, camping, and hiking.  She and her husband, Paul, a Pediatric Intensivist at Children's Mercy, have five children and are members of Saint Peter's Parish in Kansas City, MO.



Angelique Pritchett, MD, FCMC


Angelique Pritchett is a board-certified specialist in family medicine with special interests in women’s health issues, obstetrics, prenatal care, gynecology, and infertility. She is a Creighton Model FertilityCare Medical Consultant.  She believes the most rewarding aspect of medicine is the opportunity to connect with her patients.  She is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine and completed a residency in family practice at St. Anthony’s Hospital, Oklahoma City. She is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Catholic Medical Association. For relaxation, she enjoys photo album and scrapbook design, travel, tenting and collecting vintage Nancy Drew books. She and her husband, John, a video game developer, have four children and are members of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Kansas City, MO.



Alexander Pruss


Alexander Pruss is Professor of Philosophy at Baylor University, and has written books on the Principle of Sufficient Reason, the nature of modality and Christian sexual ethics. His current research focuses on infinity. Pruss has a PhD in philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh and a PhD in mathematics from the University of British Columbia.





Dr. Pat Castle, coach and founder, Life Runners 


Coach & founder of the largest Pro-Life running & walking Team, with over 7,000 teammates ages 1 to 101 in all 50 states and 34 nations, including 128 chapters, All In Christ! Pat is an inspiring catalyst and unifying force for Pro-Life with faith, science, education, athletics. He graduated from the Vita Institute for Pro-Life leaders and is a fourth degree Knight.


Near the finish of the 2006 Pikes Peak Ascent race, Pat encountered St. Padre Pio, inspiring the formation of LIFE Runners. He cofounded the annual A-Cross America Relay for Pro-Life, the national Law of Life Summit, and the St. Pio Relay for Pro-Life. He served as Rapid City Care Net board chairman and is an advisor for international Sidewalk Advocates for Life. Pat directed youth retreat programs, Engaged Encounter weekends, and the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults program. His license plate holder proclaims, “All In Christ for Pro-Life!”


Pat grew up in Sioux Falls SD and then graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1993.  His military service was in TX, CA, CO, Turkey, IL, SD. Pat earned MS and PhD analytical chemistry degrees from the U of IL at Urbana. He was a bioenvironmental engineer and an AF Academy associate professor of chemistry. Pat was part of the National Defense University’s Weapons of Mass Destruction prevention program. He advised the AF Academy’s Center for Character and developed the ethics curriculum. In 2014 he retired as a medical squadron commander.  With 21 marathons, some of Pat’s great races were the 2007 Marine Corps (2:53), 2008 Pikes Peak (17th), 2009 Boston (2:59), 2009 China Great Wall (2nd, 45 countries), 2013 Mankato (3:02), 2016 Philly (3:09). Pat, Angi, and their daughters live in Papillion, NE.