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The Beginning of Life: The First Annual CMA Youth Conference

22nd October 2016

Conference Report

Over 70 people packed into Newman House, London, to listen to a range of varied and inspiring talks for the CMA’s first youth conference entitled ‘The Beginning of Life’. We heard an expose of Pope Saint John Paul II’s encyclical Evangelium Vitae, reflections on the sacrament of marriage, as well as the challenges and joys of being a midwife, and the ethical intricacies encountered as a GP.

We were a truly multi-disciplinary bunch: in attendance were nurses, doctors, midwives, physios, pharmacists and students of all the above.

Above all, we were blessed to share in the fellowship of other Catholic healthcare professionals, enjoying some good food and meaningful conversation.


“…one of the most enjoyable things about this meeting for me was being able to meet other Catholic medical professionals, particularly Catholic doctors who I could chat to and learn about their experiences so far.”

I was reminded of “the importance of individuals working in healthcare staying true to their beliefs while at the same time being lawful, respectful and compassionate to others.”  – A young nurse

Regarding the talk by the young midwife: “[it] was especially moving. She had a fresh way of talking about pro-life issues and emphasised points gained through her personal experience that I hadn’t considered before.” – A young medical student


22nd October 2016
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Newman House
Gower Street
London, WC1E 6AR United Kingdom