The Catholic Free Press and the diocesan Respect Life Office are sponsoring a four-night, pre-election forum titled “Conscience and the Catholic Voter.”
The sessions will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 29, Oct. 6, Oct. 20 and Oct. 27 at two Worcester parishes.
The evening will begin in the church with a Holy Hour and prayers for the 2016 election, followed by a presentation and question-and-answer period in the parish hall.
The first two weeks will be held at Immaculate Conception Parish, 353 Grove St., Worcester.
On Sept 29 Christopher P. Klofft’s talk will be “Thinking Seriously about the Five Non-Negotiables.”
On Oct. 6, Bishop McManus will speak about “The Catholic Voter: Called to Faithful Citizenship.”
The final two weeks will be held at St. George Parish, 38 Brattle St., Worcester.
On Oct. 20, Boston Attorney Frances X. Hogan will speak about issues of importance to Catholics during this election season.
Allison LeDoux, director of the Respect Life Office will make the final presentation on Oct. 27, “Life, Marriage, and Religious Freedom: Pillars of a Nation’s Soul.”
Mr. Klofft is an assistant professor of theology at Assumption College where he teaches Scripture, moral theology, and the theology of human sexuality. He also serves as adjunct professor of moral theology at St. John XXIII National Seminary in Weston.
Professor Klofft received his doctorate of sacred theology from The Catholic University of America and is the author of: “Living the Love Story: Catholic Morality in the Modern World.”
He and his wife Bridget are the parents of two young sons and are members of Immaculate Conception Parish in Worcester.
Bishop Robert J. McManus is the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Worcester and a native of Providence. He earned licentiate and doctoral degrees in sacred theology from The Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.
He was ordained for the Diocese of Providence by Bishop Kenneth A. Angell on May 27, 1978. He served as rector of Our Lady of Providence Seminary beginning in 1998 while continuing as diocesan Vicar for Education and Director of Ministerial Formation.
Bishop McManus was ordained as Titular Bishop of Allegheny and Auxiliary Bishop of Providence in 1999. In 2004, Pope John Paul II named him as the fifth Bishop of Worcester. His episcopal motto is “Christus Veritatis Splendor,” “Christ the Splendor of Truth.”
Currently, Bishop McManus is the chairman of the Subcommittee on Health Care for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as well as a member of the USCCB’s Committee on Doctrine and Committee on Pro-Life Activities.
Frances X. Hogan, a graduate of Boston College Law School, is a partner at Lyne, Woodworth & Evarts LLP of Boston, where she represents major financial institutions in commercial and real estate-related transactions.
Ms. Hogan serves, or has served, on numerous organizations including the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women, Caritas Christi Health Care System, Blessed John XXIII National Seminary, Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, and the Catholic Lawyers Guild.
Her interest in pro-life activities, especially in the public policy arena, has been nurtured through service on the Board of the Massachusetts Catholic Conference and by election to the National Advisory Council to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. In 1996, Ms. Hogan was named by the Vatican to the Pontifical Academy for Life which serves as an advisory body to the Holy Father on developing bioethical issues ranging from stem cell research to end of life concerns.
Mrs. Allison LeDoux is the director of the Respect Life Office and the Office of Marriage and Family for the Diocese of Worcester.
She serves as coordinator for the New England region of Diocesan Pro-Life Directors and is a member of the Massachusetts Catholic Conference’s Pro-Life/Pro-Family and Health Care subcommittees.
Mrs. LeDoux received her certification in Catholic Health Care Ethics from the National Catholic Bioethics Center in 2007. She is a long-time member of the National Catholic Bioethics Center and the Catholic Medical Association.
Mrs. LeDoux and her husband John, a permanent deacon for the Diocese of Worcester, are the parents of eight children.