The National Catholic Prayer breakfast will be held on Thursday, May 24 at the Marriott Marquis in Washington DC and the keynote speaker this year will be Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, incoming chairman of the US bishops’ pro-life committee.
Archbishop Naumann became the 11th bishop of the Archdiocese of Kansas City on January 15, 2005. He was appointed coadjutor archbishop of Kansas City in 2004. Last November, he was elected chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and will begin a three-year term in that position in November 2018. He is a member of the USCCB Administrative Committee, the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, the USCCB Religious Liberty Committee, the USCCB Communications Committee, and the bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.
The archbishop has drawn attention for bold statements on cultural issues. Naumann has spearheaded efforts to restrict abortion in Kansas and is well-known for challenging Catholic politicians espousing pro-choice positions. Last year, he cut ties with the Girl Scouts, saying that the organization was “no longer a compatible partner in helping us form young women with the virtues and values of the Gospel.” Parishes were instead encouraged to start troops of American Heritage Girls, an alternative scouting organization.
The National Catholic Prayer Breakfast began in 2004, “in response to St. John Paul II’s call for a new evangelization” and the event is officially nonpartisan with people of all faiths invited to attend. Past keynote speakers include His Eminence Cardinal Robert Sarah and Vice-President Mike Pence.
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