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The Congress Convenes In





MAY 11-13, 2007

Thursday May 10

1800 – 2000 Exhibitor Set Up

1400 – 2000 Hotel Welcome Receptions

Friday, May 11

Slogan of the day:


06:00 – 08:00: Exhibitors Set-Up

08:30 – Registration Begins

08:30 – Exhibits Open

09:00 – 9:30 Press Conference (journalists only) (D – Kisielewski Hall)

10:00 – 11:00: Opening Ceremony:

Official Opening

Passing of the “torch” from WCF III in Mexico

Greetings from Polish Leaders

Presentation of Familias Awards

11:00 – 11:30: Introductory Session:

Introduction and Purpose of the Congress

Allan C. Carlson, [US] President, The Howard Center, Chairman of International Organizing Committee WCF IV

Katarzyna Mazela [Poland], Chairman of Organizing Committee, WCF IV, Vice President, Forum of Polish Women

Short Messages/Letters to the Congress:

Austin Ruse [US], President, Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute

Enrique Gomez Serrano [Mexico], Board of Directors, Red Familia (Family Network-Mexico, Chairman of World Congress of Families III, Mexico City)

Catherine Vierling [France], General Secretary European Forum for Human Rights and Family

Ewa Kowalewska [Poland], Director Human Life International – Europe

11:30 – 13:00: General Session 1:

The Natural Family and the Future of Nations

Katarzyna Mazela [Poland] - Session Chairman - Vice President, Forum of Polish Women

Keynote Address #1

Promoting Strong Families As A Policy Goal

Ambassador Ellen Sauerbrey [US], Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration

Keynote Address #2

Peace is born in the family:

Carlo Casini [Italy], Professor of law & human rights and bioethics, Member of European Parliament

Keynote Address #3

The new population crisis:

Gérard-François Dumont [France], Professor of Demography, Sorbonne, Paris

13:00 – 14:00: Lunch Break

13:30 – 14:30: The Leadership Institute Training (in English - Polish) (E – Mikołajska Hall)

Miguel Moreno [US], Director of International Programs, Leadership Institute

Mike Rothfeld [US], President, SABER Communications, Inc.

13:30 - 14:30: Studies of the Family (D – Kisielewski Hall)

Fr. Jaroslaw Szymczak, [Poland], - Session Chairman – Institute for Studies on the Family Science in Łomianki, UKSW

Babette Francis [Australia] President, Endeavour Forum (women’s organization)

Med. Adelina Alcorta-G de Gonzalez [Mexico] medical doctor, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon

Daniel Allott [US] writer and analyst, American Values (public policy organization)

14:00 – 14:30: Musical Interlude: Ziarnowa Rodzinka children’s band from TV program Ziarno (A – Kongresowa Hall)

14:30 – 16:45: General Session 2:

We Will Nurture Free, Vital, and Productive Homes

Grażyna Sołtyk [Poland] -Session Chairman - Member of Sejm III Tenure

Award presented by Marshall Fritz and Alan Schaefer, Separation of School and State to James Tooley, Professor, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Familias Business Award presentation to Norman McClelland (US), Shamrock Foods

Plenary Address – The family: A sanctuary of love and life:

Margaret Ogola, MD [Kenya], National Ex. Sec., Kenya Episcopal Conference, Catholic Health Commission

Plenary Address – The family home: The centre of upbringing and education

Urszula Dudziak PhD [Poland], Professor, Catholic University of Lublin

Plenary Address – The family: Seedbed for national renewal

Wade Horn [US], former Assistant Secretary for Children, Youth & Families, U.S. Government

Plenary Panel

Dr. Monika Wójcik [Poland], MD, Professor, Co-founder and first Vice Director Institute for Studies on the Family Science in Warsaw-Łomianki, Member of Pontifical Academy for Life

Richard Wilkins [USA/Qatar], Managing Director, Doha International Institute for Family Studies and Development

Jurgen Liminski [Germany], Director of Institute for Demography, Welfare and Family

16:45 – 17:00: Musical Interlude: Mały Chór Wielkich Serc – children’s choir from Lodz (A – Kongresowa Hall)

17:00 – 17:15: Coffee Break

17:15– 19:15: Breakout Sessions:

Family, Economy and Development

1. Building a pro-family tax policy (A – Kongresowa Hall)

Allan C. Carlson [US] -Session Chairman - President, The Howard Center, Secretariat, World Congress of Families

John Mueller [US], Ethics and Public Policy Center

Jerzy Kropiwnicki [Poland], Mayor, City of Łódź, economist, lecturer at the University of Łódź

Inese Slesere [Latvia] Member, Parliament of Latvia

Jean-Didier Lecaillon [France], Prof., Department of Economics, University of Paris XII, consultant of Pontifical Council for the Family

2. Community action and family initiatives (B – Koncertowa Hall)

Maria Maciaszczyk [Poland], -Session Chairman -Director of the Mayor the City Łódź Office

Tadeusz Wrona [Poland], Mayor of City Częstochowa

Don Schmierer [US], Founder “His Servants” Counseling Program

Roland Warren [US], President, National Fatherhood Initiative

John Vining [US], Adjunct Professor, Lee University

3. The mother in the home and the new home economics (C – Trojka Hall)

Ewa Tomaszewska [Poland], -Session Chairman - Senator, Parliament of the Republic of Poland, Vice Chairperson of Senate Commission for Social and Family Policy

Jill Savage [US], Executive Director, Hearts at Home

Mohammedreza Hojat [US], Research Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior, Jefferson Medical College

Anna Zaborska [Slovakia], Member of European Parliament, Slovakia

Andrzej Ochocki [Poland], Professor of Demography, University of Stefan Kardynał Wyszyński in Warsaw

Carol Soelberg [US], President, United Families International

4. Private property and family strength (D – Kisielewski Hall)

Jan Chmielewski [Poland], -Session Chairman - Vice President of the Family, Health and Welfare, Member of Parliament (Sejm) III Tenure, Wrocław City councilor

Maria Aguirre [US], Assoc. Prof. of Economics, Catholic University of America

Daniel Lipsic [Slovakia], lawyer, former Justice Minister, Member of the Slovak Parliament

Rodrigo Castro [Chile], Director of Social Program, Libertad y Desarrollo Division of Atlas Economic Research Foundation

Cezary Ritter [Poland], General Secretary, John Paul II Foundation

5. Family enterprise & independence (E – Mikołajska Hall)

Paul Mero [US], -Session Chairman - President, Sutherland Institute,

Antoni Szymański [Poland], Senator, Parliament of Poland, Chairman of the Senate Commission for Social and Family Policy

Yuri Mantilla [US], lawyer, Director for International Government Affairs, Focus on the Family

Rev. Kazimierz Kurek MD, PhD [Poland], Priest, Priesthood of Members of the Local Government

Alexey Ledyaev [Latvia], Watchman on the Walls

20:15 – 21:30: Songs of famous Polish children’s band Arka Noego (A – Kongresowa Hall)


Slogan of the day:


08:00 - 09:30: The Leadership Institute Training (in English – Polish) (E – Mikołajska Hall)

Miguel Moreno [US], Director of International Programs, Leadership Institute,

Mike Rothfeld [US], President, SABER Communications, Inc.

9:00 – 9:30 Presentation of the film Abortion Civilization (A - Kongresowa Hall)

9:30 – 11:00: General Session 1:

We will Strengthen, Promote and Renew the Institution of Marriage and Family

Ewa Kowalewska [Poland], - Session Chairman - Director, Human Life International - Europa

Plenary Address

The effects of marital fidelity and harmony on family outcomes:

Patrick Fagan [US], clinical psychologist, family psychotherapist, William H. G. Fitzgerald Research Fellow, The Heritage Foundation.

Plenary Address

Modern woman and the challenge of motherhood:

Christine Vollmer [Venezuela], President, American Alliance for the Family (Latin American and Europe)

Plenary Address

Modern man and fatherhood:

Jacek Pulikowski [Poland], family councilor, author, publicist, lecturer at Poznań University of Technology

11:00-11:20 Coffee Break

11:20 – 13:00: Breakout Sessions:

New Threats to the Family and Positive Responses

1. Media and the natural family: Threats and opportunities (A – Kongresowa Hall)

Larry Jacobs [US], - Session Chairman -Vice President, The Howard Center

Chris Carmouche [US], - Session CoChairman -Grass Tops, USA

Dr. Francisco Gonzalez Garza PhD, [Mexico], lawyer, psychologist, President, Association A Favor de lo Mejor,A.C.

Dana Rosemary Scallon [Ireland], former Member of European Parliament from Ireland, famous singer, journalist

Birute Obelenienie [Lithuania], Research Center on Marriage and Family, journalist, editor, Faculty of Catholic Theology, Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas

David Mills [US], editor, Touchstone Magazine

2. Pro-family initiatives (B – Koncertowa Hall)

Katarzyna Mazela [Poland], -Session Chairman -Vice President, Forum of Polish Women

Joanna Fabisiak [Poland], Member of Parliament of Poland, President, Foundation “Świat na tak”

Malgorzata Walaszczyk [Poland], Deputy Director, Family Counseling Service, lecturer UKSW

Paul Mero [US], President, Sutherland Institute

Rev. Jozef Joniec [Poland], President, Parafiada Association, Warsaw

Genia Samborska-Berekets [Ukraine], President National Foundation For dignity of man

3. Marriage as a social good: Why get married? (C – Trojka Hall)

Gwen Landolt [Canada], -Session Chairman -counselor at law, President REAL Women of Canada

W. Bradford Wilcox [US], Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Virginia

Rev. Jarosław Szymczak [Poland], Professor, Institute for Studies on the Family Science in Łomianki , UKSW

Galina Maslennikowa [Russia], psychotherapist, Moscow Family Center

Bruce Hafen [US], specialist in family law, former Dean, J. Reuben Clark School of Law BYU

4. The attack on traditional marriage (D – Kisielewski Hall)

Leo Godzich [US], -Session Chairman - National Association for Marriage Enhancement

Lynn Wardle [US], Professor J. Reuben Clark School of Law BYU

Tobias Teuscher [Germany], scientific researcher, Political Science Institute, Brussels

Rev. Dariusz Oko [Poland], Professor, Faculty of Philosophy, Pontifical Academy of Theology in Cracow

Benjamin W. Bull [US], chief legal counsel, Alliance Defense Fund

5. Impact of pornography on the family (E – Mikołajska Hall)

Marie-Claire Hernandez [Mexico], -Session Chairman - pedagogue, Familia y Sociedad (Family and Society-Mexico

Tomasz Bilicki [Poland], Deputy Director, Center of Family Service

Angela Conway [Australia], National Research Officer and Spokesperson, Vice President Australian Family Association

Bob Knight [US], Director, Media Research Center

13:00 – 14:00: Lunch Break

13:30 - 14:30: Protecting the eyes of the innocent: The culture-wise family: (B - Koncertowa Hall – VI floor)

Don Feder, lawyer, journalist, Director of Communications WCF

Ted Baehr, Chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission; Publisher, Movie Guide

13:30 – 14:30 The Leadership Institute Training (In English - Polish) (E – Mikołajska Hall)

Miguel Moreno [US], Director of International Programs, Leadership Institute,

Mike Rothfeld [US], President, SABER Communications, Inc.

13:30 – 14:30: Studies of the family (in English – Polish) (D – Kisielewski Hall)

Fr. Jarosław Szymczak [Poland], -Session Chairman - Institute for Studies on the Family Science in Łomianki, UKSW

Marta López-Jurado Puig [Spain], Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED)

Scott Lively [US] President, Defend the Family International

14:00 – 14:30: Ceremony of removing bride’s veil and folk wedding music - folk dance group, State Higher School of Vocational Studies in Ciechanów, Institute of Culture Studies

14:30 – 17:00: General Session 2:

Children as a Treasure: Welcoming More Babies and Larger Families

Lucyna Wiśniewska [Poland], - Session Chairman - Member of Parliament (Sejm) of the Republic of Poland

14:30 – 17:00 Sesja ogólna 2:

Dzieci naszym skarbem: oczekujemy więcej dzieci i rodzin wielodzietnych

Plenary Addresses

Response to demographic winter; sanctity of the family in different cultures

Farooq Hassan [Pakistan], Professor of Law, Harvard. Barrister at Law in UK, USA and Pakistan

Phillip Longman [US], Senior Fellow, New America Foundation

Franciszek Adamski [Poland], Professor of Sociology Family, Jagiellonian University in Cracow

Plenary Addresses

Dignity of the child from conception and its right to life, home, and family

Marek Jurek [Poland], Speaker of Parliament (Sejm) of the Republic of Poland, historian, politician

John Smeaton [UK] – President of Society for the Protection of Unborn Children

Janice Crouse [US], specialist in communication theory, Senior Fellow, The Beverly Haye Institute Concerned Women for America

Plenary Panel

Promoting and protecting the large family: New ideas

Steve Mosher [US], -Session Chairman - President, Population Research Institute

Rev. Maxim Obukhov [Russia], President of Life Orthodox Association in Russia

Andrzej Mazan [Poland], Institute for Studies on the Family Science in Łomianki, UKSW

Jacek Stróżyński [Poland], Member of the Board of Civitas Christiana Association

17:00 – 17:30: Coffee Break

17:30 – 19:30: Breakout SessionsModern Bioethical Challenges

1. Bioethics: 21st century challenges to human dignity (A – Kongresowa Hall)

Bill Saunders [US], - Session Chairman -Director, Family Research Council Center for Human Life and Bioethics

Nigel Cameron [US], Professor in bioethics, Dean, Wilberforce Forum; Director Center on Nanotechnology and Society, Center for Bioethics and Public Policy UK

s. Barbara Chyrowicz [Poland], Professor of Ethics and Bioethics, Catholic University of Lublin

Rev. Jerzy Bajda [Poland], Professor of Ethics, canon law and moral theology expert, Institute for Studies on the Family Science in Łomianki, UKSW

2. Round Table: Science and the Family (B – Koncertowa Hall)

Tomasz Bilicki [Poland], -Session Chairman - Deputy Director, Center of Family Service

Institute for Studies on the Family Science in Łomianki

HE Bp Stanislaw Stefanek [Poland], Professor, Director of Institute for Studies on the Family Science in Łomianki

Monika Wojcik [Poland], MD, Professor, Institute for Studies on the Family Science in Łomianki

Rev. dr Krzysztof Wolski [Poland], Professor, vice director of Institute for Studies on the Family Science in Łomianki

Catholic University in Lublin, Institute of Family Studies

Urszula Dudziak [Poland], Professor, Chair, Institute of Family Studies, Catholic University in Lublin

University of Stefan Kardynał Wyszyński, Department of Family Psychology in Warsaw

Maria Ryś [Poland], Professor of family psychology, Head of Chair of Psychology, Marriage and Family UKSW, Vice Dean of Christian Theology Department

Lomonossov University in Moscow

Anatoli Antonov [Russia], Professor, sociologist, demographer, Lomonossov University, Moscow

Warmińsko - Mazurski University in Olsztyn, Department of Law and Administration

Rev. Ryszard Sztychmiler [Poland], Professor of law, Head of Chair of Canon and Denominational Law, University of Warmia and Mazury

Grove City College, Center for Vision and Values

David J. Ayers [US], Professor of sociology, Center for Vision and Values, Grove City College

Family Institute in Bratislava

Rev. Stanislav Vojtko, Professor of family theology, Director, The Family Institute

3. Beyond the contraceptive mentality (C – Trojka Hall)

Byron Calhoun, MD [US], -Session Chairman -Professor and Vice Chair, Department. of Obstetrics and Gynecology, West Virginia School of Medicine-Charleston, WV

Dorota Czudowska MD[Poland], oncologist, President of the Polish Forum of the European Breast Cancer Coalition Europa Donna

Vergilius Rudzinskas [Lithuania], gynecologist, Medical Director, Kaunas Christian Maternity Hospital, Kaunas

Marie Sentis [France], President of Billings Method Center in France

Elisabeth Roetzer [Austria], Institute of Natural Family Planning according to Prof. J. Roetzer's method


4. Legalized euthanasia or family care? (D – Kisielewski Hall)

Fr. Thomas Euteneuer [US], -Session Chairman -President, Human Life International

Wesley Smith [US], Senior Fellow, Discovery Institute

Margaret Somerville [US], Founding Director, Centre for Medicine, Ethics & Law, McGill University

Jolanta Grabowska-Markowska MD [Poland] – pediatrician, family therapist, Founder and Director of the Hospice for the Adults and Children

5. Childlessness: Causes and consequences (E – Mikolajska Hall)

Janina Fetlinska [Poland] -Session Chairman - Senator of the Republic of Poland

Kay Hymowitz [US], William E. Simon Fellow/Manhattan Institute, New York City

Dr. Aleksandr Dobrojer [Ukraine], PhD in family theology Family Center in Odessa

Scott Loveless [US], Executive Director, World Family Policy Center


Slogan of the day: Sanctity of the Family

08:30 – 10:00 –Ceremonious Holy Mass on 90 anniversary of Fatima Revelation and 26 anniversary of the assassination attempt and saving of Pope John Paul II (A - Kongresowa Hall)

08:30 – 10:00Ecumenical Christian Worship Service (B - Koncertowa Hall)

10:00 – 10:30 - Coffee Break

10:30 – 11:00 – General Session

Honoring Multi-Decade Marriages: Medals/Awards for Marriages

11:00 – 11:45 – Plenary Address: With God as Our Father

Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo [Holy See], President, Pontifical Council for the Family

Introduction by Bill Saunders [US], Director, Family Research Council Center for Human Life and Bioethics

11:45 – 14:00 - Plenary Panel Faith and Family: The Vital Bond

Messages of hope: The Phenomenon of spiritual renewal and the dynamics of transformation (presentation of initiatives and evidences of religious movements and active informal groups – exchange of hopeful experience):

Austin Ruse [US], -Session Chairman -President, Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute

Konrad Szymanski [Poland], -Session Co-Chairman - Member of European Parliament

Paige Patterson [US], President, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Tom Minnery [US], Sr. Vice President, Gov. and Public Policy, Focus on the Family

Thomas Ward [UK], President of the National Association of Catholic Families

Pawel Kwas [Poland], Szensztat Movement, professor UKSW

Kazimierz Kapera [Poland], President of Association of Polish Catholic Families

Rev. Wieslaw Jankowski [Poland], Professor, Institute of Holy Family

Dariusz Kleczek [Poland], Member of Parliament (Sejm) of the Republic of Poland, Vice Chairman of the Sejm Commission for Family and Women, pro-life movement leader

14:00 – 15:15 Closing Session

Allan Carlson & Katarzyna Mazela -Session Chairmen

14:00 - 14:30 Awards presentations for Children’s Competition - “My Family”

14:30 – 14:45 Report from Inter Parliamentary Forum in Warsaw

14:45 - 15:15 Warsaw Declaration and Closing Ceremony

17:00 – 19:00 The Leadership Institute Training (in English - Polish) - last meeting

address: Retreat Center, ul. Dewajtis 3, Warszawa – Bielany

Miguel Moreno [US], Director of International Programs, Leadership Institute

Mike Rothfeld [US], President, SABER Communications, Inc.


The Howard Center
Honorary Chairman of the Committee

Abp Kazimierz Majdanski

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