On behalf of St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry, you're cordially invited to our inaugural Life Issues event celebrating our new Sanctity of Life Graduate Certificate and the dedication of the Fr. James Hewes Pro-Life Library! 

We'll be welcoming pro-life organizations, academic institutions, as well as individuals from Upstate New York to discuss a variety of life issues with keynote speaker, Michael Sauter, Director for the Diocese of Rochester's Department of Pastoral Services. 

The evening will commence with a cocktail hour and library tours, followed by a catered dinner and keynote address, a panel of life-issues experts and Q&A session, as well as the opportunity to bid on classic books signed by national pro-life authors. Funds raised will benefit students and life-related activities at St. Bernard’s School of Theology & Ministry.

What: St. Bernard's 1st Annual Life Issues Series: Igniting the Next Generation

When: Thursday, June 13th, at 5:30pm EST

Where: St. Bernard's School of Theology & Ministry  | 120 French Road Rochester, NY

Location Information

  • St. Bernard's School of Theology & Ministry
  • 120 French Road, Rochester, NY, 14618 US

Keynote Speaker

Michael Sauter Director, Department of Pastoral Services for the Diocese of Rochester

Michael J. Sauter has lived his whole life in Western NY, in and around Rochester and the Genesee Valley. He has worked in factories and on dairy farms and in various ministries in the Catholic Church at the Abbey of the Genesee. He currently is the Director of Pastoral Services for the Diocese of Rochester, NY. Along with his friend, Michael Martin, he hosts a weekly podcast, "The Regeneration Podcast," which can be found on Spotify and many other podcast hosting services.

Life Issues Series Panel

Michele Sterlace, JD, LLM

Michele Sterlace-Accorsi is the Executive Director of Feminists Choosing Life of New York (FCLNY). She completed her Juris Doctor degree from the University at Buffalo School of Law and began her legal career as a trial attorney for those seeking custody of abused and neglected children. She continued this work at the Children’s Legal Center in Buffalo, serving as a children’s attorney. Seeing the needs of the community, Michele advanced her studies by attending the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine Law School. While a student at Pepperdine, she worked in the U.S. District Court. She assisted the mediation program director with prisoner rights cases and other civil litigation for the disenfranchised. In 2017 she completed her studies and her youngest child, born during her first semester of law school, stood proudly by her, as she graduated with a Masters of Law in Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute.

Fernando Ontiveros, Ph.D.

Dr. Ontiveros is Associate Professor of Biology at St. John Fisher University, President of the Agathon Institute, and a member of the Finger Lakes Guild of the Catholic Medical Association. He has completed certificate coursework in Bioethics from Georgetown and Harvard Universities and is a member of the Ethics Committee at Strong Memorial Hospital. He lives in Rochester, NY, with his wife and three children.

Kylie Gallegos

Kylie Gallegos is a recent graduate of the University of Notre Dame where she studied theology and American Studies with honors. She was the president of Notre Dame Right to Life, the largest and oldest pro-life student group in the nation, supporting over 725 members. Her senior thesis "Used To Be Young: Miley Cyrus and Her Effect on Gen Z's Sexual Ethics" reflected her interest in the intersection of pop culture, media, and pro-life issues. She has worked in various capacities for National Right to Life, Oklahomans for Life, the Sisters of Life, BirthRight, and EWTN Pro-Life Weekly.


5:30pmRegistration Check-In

5:30 - 6:30pmCocktail Hour & Library Tours

6:30 - 7:30pmDinner

7:15pm - 7:30pmWelcome & Introductions

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7:30 - 8:00pmKeynote Address

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8:00 - 8:45pmPanel

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