Founded in 2009, the Affirming the Culture of Life Conference continues to raise awareness in the State of Montana concerning life issues. The Conference is designed to draw Catholics and non-Catholics together through Scripture and Church Teaching so that one day, our Montana way of life may include the respect for all human life, from the moment of conception to natural death.

Statement by Bishop Thomas

“Even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God’s creation, made in his own image, destined to live forever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect.” — Pope Francis, Day for Life Greeting, July 17, 2013

As a response to the call to build anew a “culture of life”, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops stated in the Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities: A Campaign in Support of Life, “As pastors and teachers, we proclaim that human life is a precious gift from God; that each person who receives this gift has responsibilities toward God, self, and others; and that society, through its laws and social institutions, must protect and nurture human life at every stage of its existence.”
Six years ago, the Catholic Bishops of Montana initiated a series of conferences with the expectation that they would serve as fora to raise awareness of some of the most serious threats to human life and dignity in this state as well as provide a basis from which we could educate Catholics and others on these critical issues.
We are pleased to announce that this year’s conference features His Eminence, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston. Cardinal DiNardo was appointed to the College of Cardinals in 2007 and acted as a Cardinal-Elector in the 2013 Papal Conclave. He serves as Vice-President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and as a member of the Pontifical Council for Culture, the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People and the Pontifical Council for the Economy.
His Eminence will be joined by:
  • Camille Pauley, an internationally renowned speaker and co-founder & President of Healing the Culture
  • Senator Colby Coash, a Republican member of the Nebraska Senate and staunch death penalty abolition advocate
  • Melissa Ohden is the survivor of a failed saline infusion abortion in 1977. Despite the initial concerns regarding Melissa’s future after surviving the attempt to end her life at approximately seven months gestation, she has not only survived but thrived.

We hope you can join us as we celebrate the work these amazing people have done. Then, let us unite our efforts and build a new culture of life in our great state sharing Jesus’ message of mercy and healing with all we meet.       


The Montana Catholic Conference

As liaison for the Roman Catholic Bishops of Montana with state and federal government, the Conference seeks to advocate for the weak and vulnerable and act as a catalyst for the transformation of society. Our advocacy centers around the life and social justice issues outlined in this website.

We help shape public policy that protects the sanctity and dignity of all human life, nurtures the family, advocates for the poor, the sick and vulnerable and promotes the common good.

MCC informs and advises the Bishops on issues, is involved in voter education, presenting Catholic Social Teaching in the parishes, promoting social justice, supporting and providing resources for pro-life activities throughout the state, informing and advising parishes on social justice matters, collaborating with other social justice organizations, and coordinating inter-diocesan social justice events.

The Montana Catholic Bishops, through the Montana Catholic Conference, are proud to bring to you the Affirming The Culture of Life Conference.


Affirming the Culture of Life Conference

The Montana Culture of Life Conference explores main themes concerning humans’ right to life and happiness. There are speakers that offer a variety of viewpoints on issues such as abortion, assisted suicide, and the death penalty.

We will be joined by His Eminence, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo as the keynote speaker. We hope you can attend!

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Promoting and Protecting Human Life and Dignity

The Montana Catholic Bishops’ Affirming the Culture of Life Conference offers extensive information concerning a variety of issues related to human life and dignity.

Among them are:

  • Abortion
  • Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia
  • Capital Punishment and the Death Penalty
  • Human Trafficking
  • Poverty and Economic Justice
  • Immigration, Migration, and Refugees
  • War and Peace

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