Two champions for Life – a priest and a young woman who miraculously escaped being aborted when her twin did not – are confirmed for the April 10-12 Eucharistic Convention.
The 22nd annual convention will be held for the first time at Sacred Heart College’s brilliant new auditorium in Glendowie, which holds 1500 people and includes a state-of-the-art multimedia system.

Fr Shenan J. Boquet
Fr Shenan J. Boquet
Fr Shenan J. Boquet (SHAN-en BO-kay) travels around the world spreading the Gospel of Life as president of Human Life International (HLI).
Fr Boquet is a priest of the Houma-Thibodaux parish in Louisiana, where he served before joining Human Life International in August 2011. As president of HLI, Fr Boquet has traveled 290,000 miles to 15 countries, spreading the Catholic Church’s teachings to build a Culture of Life.
Since being ordained as a priest in 1993, Fr Boquet has given hundreds of talks on issues ranging from the dignity of the human person and the nature of marriage, to social justice and moral theology. He has been a guest on several EWTN television programs, EWTN Radio, Catholic Answers Live, Ave Maria Radio, Vatican Radio, and other USA and international media outlets.
Claire Culwell
Claire Culwell
Claire Culwell walked into the Coalition for Life wondering what the organisation provided. Five months later, she met her birth mother and learned a horrific secret that led to her personal ministry.
At just 13, Claire’s birth mother was forced to have an abortion. Tragically, the abortion took the life of her twin. Miraculously, Claire was “overlooked” and allowed to be born, then put up for adoption.
“My life is a testimony that there are wonderful alternatives to abortion (such as adoption in my case), and an accident/unwanted child still deserves life. . . even a child with disabilities.
“I was born 2 1/2 months early, weighed 3 lbs 2 oz, had dislocated hips and club feet. I had to wear casts on my feet, a harness and eventually a body cast. The abortion still affects me today. All that to say, life is still worth it”.
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The Eucharistic Convention is NZ’s largest
lay-organised Catholic event. Bishop Patrick Dunn celebrates the opening Mass on Friday night (10 April). Every day features Mass, brilliant international and local speakers and musicians, plus Adoration and Confession.
Tickets available at the door. $60 for Fri-Sat-Sun;
Students and Senior Citizens $40; Under-15s free.
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