The Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist

The Mother Church of Stamford • 279 Atlantic Street, Stamford, Connecticut 06901 • Phone: (203) 324-1553 • Fax: (203) 359-2660 • Email:

Live Video will be available at both STJC Website And YouTube

July 25th of this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Blessed Pope Paul VI’s Humanae vitae (On the Regulation of Birth) an encyclical letter which was written in response to the question of whether or not the hormonal birth control pill (“the Pill”) would be an acceptable means of regulating child birth. In the letter, the Holy Father rejected the Pill as a legitimate means of regulating child birth (most explicitly in paragraph 14 of the document) and warned of the consequences of artificial methods of birth control and their negative effect on society if they were to be embraced. The letter also has a positive message. Paul VI speaks of the God’s design for married love and the gift of life. He references having recourse to natural periods of infertility and the improving science behind methods of Natural Family Planning (NFP) which allow for a couple to track their fertility through natural markers and practice periodic abstinence in order to avoid pregnancy.  

The Basilica of St. John the Evangelist is hosting an all-day conference in honor of the 50th anniversary of Humanae vitaeon Saturday June 23rd, 2018. The speakers for the conference include Mary Eberstadt (Author of "Adam and Eve After the Pill"), Mary FioRito, and George Weigel (Official Biographer of Pope Saint John Paul II) and a panel of medical experts. The 4PM Vigil Mass following the conference will be offered by Bishop Frank Caggiano of the Diocese of Bridgeport. 


7:30 AM - 9:00 AM Registration & Breakfast (exhibits open)

      (8:00 AM Daily Mass in the Basilica upstairs)

9:00 AM Introductory Remarks - Fr. Andy Vill

9:15 AM Conference 1 - Mary Eberstadt - “The Ongoing Vindication of Humanae vitae

10:00 AM Q & A for Conference 1

10:15 AM Break/Extra time

10:30 AM Conference 2 - Mary Hallan FioRito - “Humanae vitae: Myths, Gifts, and Reality”

11:15 AM Q & A for Conference 2

11:30 AM Lunch/Extra time/exhibits open

12:30 Health Forum (Remarks by Medical Doctors/Experts followed by Q & A)

1:30 PM Conference 3 - George Weigel - “John Paul II’s Love for Human Love”

2:15 PM Q & A for Conference 3

2:30 PM Closing Remarks - Fr. Andy Vill

3:00 PM Book Signing

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Opportunity for Confession in the Basilica upstairs)

4:00 PM Vigil Mass (Celebrated by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano)

Ticket Options

(Tickets may be purchased at the door.)
Early Registration is Closed


Early Registration is closed.

Tickets may be purchased at the door.

Adult tickets are $50

Young Adult tickets are $25

Student tickets are $5