Diocesan Study Days

   Click here for the schedule for this two-day conference.
 Meet Our Speakers

Michel G. MacDonald

Sessions: Review of the Essence of Church Documents and Teachings Regarding the Sanctity of Life; Apologetics Regarding the End of Life; Apologetics - Beginning of Life

Michel MacDonald is currently the Executive Director for the Catholic Organization for Life and Family, which was co-founded by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Supreme Council of Knights of Columbus. A former lecturer in theology, he has taught courses in bioethics, human sexuality and marriage, and moral theology. He received his S.T.L. from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family (Washington, D.C.), and holds a doctorate in theology (Ph.D., S.T.D.) from the University of Ottawa and Saint Paul University. Happily married with seven children, Michel enjoys playing music, watching old movies and sipping fine whiskey.

Katarina Lee

Session: Advance Care Directives & MAID


Katarina Lee, originally from the Carman area, became interested with questions surrounding medical care at the age of 12, when her grandmother was hospitalised for 19 months. This interest lead her to study and receive a BA in Philosophy from the University of Dallas, a MA in Bioethics from New York University, a JD with a concentration in Health Law and Bioethics from the University of Minnesota and a post-doctoral clinical ethics fellowship from Baylor College of Medicine and Houston Methodist Hospital. Katarina is currently a Clinical Ethicist at St. Boniface Hospital and the Catholic Health Corporation of Manitoba’s communities of service. She also holds a position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Manitoba.


Stan & Miriam Amaladas

Session: Called to Intimacy in the Face of Life and Death


Stan and Miriam Amaladas are Local Encounter Leaders. Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME) weekends offer an opportunity for married couples to get away and enliven the excitement, romance and passion in their relationship as well as to strengthen their marriage. A weekend experience is a time for couples to listen to presentations and share privately with each other; a time to focus on themselves.



Jean & Janelle Lafrance

Session: Introduction to Natural Family Planning (NFP) (FR)

Jean Lafrance and his wife Janelle are officially recognized as a teacher-couple with Serena in the scientifically based method of natural family planning known as the Sympto-Thermal Method. Serena is a Canadian-based organization which uses a couple-to-couple approach in teaching this method. For over half a century, Serena has been proudly imparting its teaching to Canadian couples and hopes to continue to offer this service for many years to come. As parents, Jean and Janelle enjoy sharing their love of music with their children. They also love the outdoors and camping during the summer.


2019 Diocesan Study Days Registration: 

Please register by Tuesday, October 22, 2019 by sending your completed registation form by email to ksutton@archsaintboniface.ca or by fax to 204-237-9942.

Please make cheque payable to 
C.A.C.R. de Saint-Boniface

Registration fees can be mailed to the Archdiocesan Centre (151 avenue de la Cathédrale, Winnipeg, MB  R2H 0H6) or handed in the morning of the Diocesan Study Days. 

Please click the link below for the registration form: 


Please contact Katelyn Sutton with any questions at: 
or 204-594-0275

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