Person & Identity Project 

Speaker Biographies

Mary Hasson, J.D.

Mary Hasson is the Kate O’Beirne Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., where she co-founded and directs the Person and Identity Project, an initiative that equips parents and faith-based institutions to promote the truth about the human person and counter gender ideology. An attorney and policy expert, Mary has been a keynote speaker for the Holy See during the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, addressing education, women and work, caregiving, and gender ideology, and serves as a consultant to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family, Life and Youth. She speaks frequently at national conferences, universities, and in dioceses across the country, and has testified before the U.S. Senate, in state legislatures, and the Australian parliament on parents’ rights and transgender issues. The co-author of several books on education, Mary’s writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, National Review, First Things, the National Catholic Register and Our Sunday Visitor, among others. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Notre Dame Law School, Mary is married to Seamus Hasson, and they are parents of seven grown children and grandparents of four.

Doctor Patrick Lappert, M.D.

Doctor Patrick Lappert, M.D., is a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon who has been in practice for over 30 years. He was also board certified as a General Surgeon. He served as a Reconstructive Surgeon in the U.S. Navy. He was the Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Portsmouth Naval Hospital, as well as the Reconstructive Surgery Specialty Leader for the Surgeon General, USN. He founded the Pediatric Cranio-facial Reconstructive Surgery Unit, as well as the Wound Care Center for the largest military hospital in the world. Dr. Lappert retired from the Navy with the rank of Captain (USN) after 24 years of service. Dr. Lappert grew up in a Jewish home but spent most of his life as an atheist. At the age of 40 he converted and was baptized. He has gone on to be ordained a deacon in the Catholic Church, serving and preaching at his church in Decatur, Alabama. Dr. Lappert has been married to Patrice Ann Oberst for 41 years. Together they raised 6 children, and now have one grandchild. While on active duty, Dr. Lappert served with the United States Marine Corps for 3 years, flying in the F-4 Phantom with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron- 451. He now divides his time between his private practice, and his duties in his church.

Lucia Baez Luzondo, J.D.

Lucia Baez Luzondo, J.D., is an attorney, practical theologian, television and radio host, and co-founder of Family Renewal Ministries, Inc. (Renovación Familiar), a ministry dedicated to promote God’s design for the human person, marriag enad family life. Along with her husband, Ricardo Luzondo, M.D., Lucia co-hosts a weekly television series “Created to Love” (Creados para amar) aired on EWTN Global Catholic Television and a weekly live radio program, “In the Day to Day with Ricardo and Lucia” (En el dia a dia con Ricardo y Lucia) aired on EWTN Radio (Radio Católica Mundial), both aired in Spanish worldwide. She co-authored the marriage series in Spanish, “El amor nunc falla” among many otoher articles and resources on marriage, faily life, gender ideology, and multiculturality. Lucia has presented extensively in the United States, Latin America, and Europe and has led hundreds of lectures, retreats, and trainings. She earned a J.D. from Stetson University College of Law, and a M.A. in Practical Theology and Ministry from Barry University. She isi a devoted wife, and mother of one son.

Theresa Farnan, Ph.D.

Theresa Farnan, Ph.D., is a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center focusing on the challenges of gender ideology as part of EPPC’s Person and Identity Project.

She is the co-author of two books, Get Out Now: Why You Should Pull Your Child from Public School Before It’s Too Late and Where Did I Come From? Where Am I Going? How Do I Get There? She has taught at St. Paul Seminary in Pittsburgh, Franciscan University of Steubenville, and Mount St. Mary’s Seminary and has worked with the diaconate formation program for the Dioceses of Harrisburg and Pittsburgh. She served as a consultant to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth and is a member of the Catholic Women’s Forum Advisory Council. She has lectured widely on the gender ideology, Catholic education, theology of the body, the personalism of Pope John Paul II, the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas, and the vocation and dignity of women. She hosted St. Thomas Aquinas in Today’s World on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN). She received her master’s degree and her doctorate in Medieval Studies from the University of Notre Dame. She and her husband, Michael, have ten children.

Equip Day Schedule

Lunch, snacks, and refreshments will be provided throughout the day. 

There is No cost to this event.

Deadline to Register is Tuesday, March 21st.

8:30 AMRegistration

9:00 AMWelcome & Introductions

9:15 AMMorning Genderal Session

"An Overview of Gender Ideology & Its Cultural Impact"

10:30 AMMorning General Session

"Medical Issues"

12:00 PMMass (Optional)

12:30 PMLunch

Provided Through Registration

1:30 PMAfternoon Workshop

"Pastoral Guidance for Your Specific Ministry Context"
A) For Clergy (Pastors, Associate Pastors, Deacons)
B) For Parish Pastoral Leaders (Pastoral Associates, Directors of Religious Education, Youth Ministers, etc.)
C) For School Leaders (Principals, Campus Ministers, Teachers, Counselors)

2:45 PMAfternoon General Session

"Principles for Pastorally Responding to Gender Ideology"

4:00 PMConclude

Location Information

  • Archdiocese of Milwaukee
  • 3501 S Lake Dr., St Francis, WI, 53235 US

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