Bishop Thomas’ Statement

“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 Affirming the Culture of Life Conference will be held at the Helena Civic Center.

340 Neill Ave, Helena, MT 59601


Friday, September 9, 2016

4:30 – 7:00 Registration opens
Registration – Exhibitors – Hospitality – Snacks and drinks
6:45 – 7:00 Prayer/Music
7:00 – 7:30 Welcome/Opening prayer by Bishop Thomas
7:30 – 8:45 Speaker: Daniel Cardinal DiNardo
Keynote Address
8:45 – 9:00 Closing prayer/dismissal

Saturday, September 10, 2016

7:30 – 8:30 Registration opens
Registration – Exhibitors – Hospitality – Coffee and rolls
8:30 – 8:45 Prayer/Music
8:45 – 9:15 Welcome/opening prayer by Bishop Warfel
9:15 – 10:15 Speaker: Camille Pauley
Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia
10:30 – 11:30 Speaker: Senator Colby Coash
Death Penalty
11:30 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 1:15 Prayer/Music
1:15 – 2:15 Speaker: Melissa Ohden
2:15 – 3:15 Panel Discussion
3:15 – 3:30 Closing prayer/final remarks
3:30 – 4:30 Exhibit hall open
5:00 – 6:00 Mass at the Cathedral of St. Helena

What You Can Do

“In the Catholic tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue; participation in the political process is a moral obligation.” – USCCB Statement “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship”

Promoting life and human dignity in the State of Montana is very rewarding both personally and for those who benefit from our work. We are called by the Church to care for the poor, the marginalized, and the vulnerable.

The Montana Catholic Conference would be honored to have your assistance in acheiving its goals. Not everyone can dedicate 40+ hours a week to specifically promoting life and justice in the public arena. We understand that you have jobs and families and many other issues in your lives that take considerable time and energy. When numerous individuals are able to provide limited support through their time, energy or fiscal means, MCC is able to advocate, teach, and organize for those in need.

Discuss with your family and pray about what you can offer. Even if your contributions are limited, you can help make a difference. Here are a few of the many ways you can help:

  • Learn About Catholic Social Teaching
  • Become informed about issues related to human life and dignity
  • Learn about Federal, State, and Local Government
  • Volunteer your time at one of the many Catholic charities or associated organizations
  • Join the leadership for the Affirming The Culture of Life Conference
  • Write letters to the editor
  • Write letters to your lawmakers
  • Make a donation. No amount is too small.
  • Become a sponsor of the Affirming the Culture of Life Conference
  • Pray, pray and pray!