Child & Youth Protection Catholic Leadership Conference to be held in Savannah


On Sunday, February 26th, 171 delegates from 100 Catholic Diocese will arrive in Savannah for the 12th national conference for Catholic Church professionals working in Child and Youth Protection. The Diocese of Savannah and the Archdiocese of Atlanta are cohosting the event at the Hilton Savannah DeSoto.

Notable speakers attending the conference, which runs through March 1st, include Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory, Archbishop of Atlanta, Vatican Representative Reverend Monsignor Robert Oliver, and Dr. Gene Abel, Medical Director of Behavioral Medicine Institute of Atlanta.

Presenters are professionals who are regarded as some of the best in their field.  

Highlights Include: 

Monday, February 27th, 8:30 AM Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta will discuss his role as president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops when the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People was adopted in 2002. 

Monday, February 27th, 1 PMMonsignor Robert Oliver, Secretary to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, will discuss current initiatives for promoting local responsibility in Catholic churches around the world in its mission to protect minors and vulnerable adults. 

Tuesday, February 28th, 8:30 AMRoxanne Stone, Editor in Chief, the Barna Group, will discuss the spread of pornography in today’s digital world and the threat it poses to children and family life.

Tuesday, February 28th, 9:45 AMDr. Gene Abel, Medical Director of Behavioral Medicine Institute of Atlanta, will present screening tools to help identify applicants who are at risk of becoming sexually involved with children.

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