2019 Symposium Schedule

Man and Woman in Dialogue

on Identity, Complementarity, and Mission

June 26-27, 2019

Washington, DC


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The Agenda is available to download here. Abstracts are linked below. 

Tuesday, June 25

Welcome cocktail hour and dinner (for CWF Women only) at Teddy & The Bully Bar, 1823 L Street NW. Walking directions from the Cosmos Club can be found here. Natalie will meet guests at the Cosmos Club at 5:45 pm to walk as a group (or assist in getting a taxi).

5:45 PM Meet Natalie in the Cosmos Club lobby to walk to dinner (if applicable)
6:00 – 8:00 PM Dinner

Wednesday, June 26

Schedule subject to adjustments.

8:00 – 8:30 AM Mass Celebrant: Fr. Paul Check
Gold Room
8:30 – 9:00 AM Breakfast
Crentz Room



Powell  Room
9:15 – 9:30 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks – Context: Church and Culture in Crisis
Mary Rice Hasson, Deborah Savage
9:30 AM  Panel I:  The Science of Sex Differences
Ricardo Luzondo Male and Female Neurobiology: Differences that Matter
Paul Vitz Men and Women: Differences and Complementarity: Evidence from Pscyhology
10:30 AM Panel II:  Metaphysics and Theology of Sexual Difference
Deborah Savage Man and Woman: Genesis 1-3 Revisited
John Finley The Metaphysics of Gender: A Thomistic Account
Q&A, Discussion
12:30 – 1:30 PM Lunch
Crentz Room



Powell  Room
1:30 PM Panel III:  Genius of Man and Woman
Paul Gondreau The Masculinity of Christ
Carrie Gress Mary the Mother of God, Icon of Femininity
2:45 PM Panel IV:  Man, Woman, and the Domestic Church
Fr. Christian Raab, OSB In Search of the Masculine Genius: The Contribution of Walter J. Ong
Timothy Fortin Reciprocal Generativity: Masculinity, Femininity, and Fecundity
Q&A, Discussion
5:00 – 6:30 PM Break
6:30 – 9:30 PM Dinner Members Dining Room
Speaker: Michael Waldstein Reception as the Masculine Role in Nietzsche and John Paul II

Thursday, June 27

8:00 – 8:30 AM Mass Celebrant: Fr. Paul Check
Gold Room
8:30 – 9:00 AM Breakfast
Crentz Room



Powell  Room
9:15  AM Panel V:  Gender Ideology and Complementarity
Jennifer Miller Redeeming Gender
Angela Franks Respondent
Q&A, Discussion


11:00 AM Panel VI: Man and Woman: Relationship and Mission
Fr. Paul Check ‘For the Sake of the Kingdom’: the Incompatibility of Homosexuality and the Priesthood
Susan Selner-Wright Respondent
Lucia Luzondo A Shifting Demographic: Cultural Diversity and the Mission of the Laity
12:30 PM Working Lunch continued discussion
2:30 – 3:00 PM Conclusions and Wrap-up


Mary Hasson



Natalie Robertson




Presented by The Catholic Women’s Forum, a program of the Ethics and Public Policy Center
co-sponsored by the Siena Symposium