St. Luke Respect Life Forum features diverse local speakers
January 22, 2020 • Savanna Kearney

St. Luke Parish (1606 Blanding Blvd., Middleburg) will host a Respect Life Forum on Saturday, Feb. 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the parish hall. The forum will feature a number of local speakers, including Dr. Jason Phillips, Father Leonard Chuwa, Mary Huston, and pastor of St. Luke Parish Father Andy Blaszkowski as moderator.

Fatther Leonard Chuwa is a priest of the Diocese of St. Augustine working for Ascension/St. Vincent as Director of Pastoral Care for the State of Florida. He is certified by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC). He has two Bachelor of Arts degrees in philosophy and theology respectively; a Master of Arts degree in theology from John Carroll Jesuit University in Cleveland, Ohio; and a PhD in bioethics and healthcare ethics from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Father Chuwa has published three books. African Indigenous Ethics in Global Bioethics: Interpreting of Ubuntu, Bioethical False Truths: Egoistic and Individualistic Autonomy vs Christian and Ubuntu Relational Autonomy, and Bioethics of Nonexistence: Option for No Option – Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide.

Dr. Jason Phillips is a board-certified, Catholic, pro-life OB/GYN. Originally from Lubbock, Tex., Dr. Phillips obtained a biomedical engineering degree from Washington University in St. Louis. He went to medical school at
Texas Tech University and did residency at Mercy Hospital St. Louis, Mo.
He is currently on the staff of Dr. Hyler OB/GYN and Associates. The Phillips family are proud parishioners of St. Luke’s Catholic Church.

Mary Huston is the regional coordinator for Rachel’s Vineyard in the Diocese of St. Augustine. She has been a volunteer there since 2003 when she attended a Rachel’s Vineyard retreat with her husband to heal from wounds of an abortion she had when she was 19 years old. Mary, along with a dedicated team of volunteers, therapists, priests, men and women, serve this very confidential and compassionate ministry. Rachel’s Vineyard is for any man or woman who has gone through an abortion, or who carries the guilt and shame of abortion and pregnancy loss, or who has participated in an abortion. Mary is also a member of Silent No More and speaks at pro-life marches and events, as well as on television and radio, sharing her testimony and the truth about abortion.

Coffee and donuts will be served before the forum, and soup and sandwiches will be provided afterwards. A nursery is available for parents who want to attend. All are welcome.

Please RSVP to the St. Luke Parish Office by calling (904) 282-0439.