Cornerstone 2021

Join us for the 2021 virtual Cornerstone Catholic Conference to learn more about our faith and becoming disciples for life and justice.

Directed by the five bishops of Washington state, this faith-filled event will be an engaging opportunity to deepen your commitment to the Gospel while mingling with Catholics from across the state. The conference will be held virtually on Saturday, October 30 via the OnAIR virtual event platform.

This year we increased accessibility, and select keynote speakers and workshops will be offered directly in Spanish.

As with previous years, you can expect all of the same inspiring keynotes and presenters, as well as networking opportunities with fellow attendees and exhibitors. All registered attendees will have access to the virtual platform during the event. There is no registration fee for the Cornerstone Catholic Conference. Attendees are invited to make a donation to help cover the costs of the event. Those making donations of $75 or more will be given first access to recorded speakers after the conference has concluded. Recordings will be available to the public 60 days after the event on the WACatholics YouTube channel.

Parishes and small groups are encouraged to safely gather to participate in and view the conference together.

Cornerstone Catholic Conference is sponsored by the Washington State Catholic Conference (WSCC), the public policy voice of the Bishops of Washington State. To learn more about the WSCC, visit:

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Cornerstone Catholic Conference is to unite Catholics in our mission to advocate for life and justice.

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The WSCC has contracted with an event management firm, KF Events, to help us organize the Virtual 2021 Cornerstone Catholic Conference. Through this collaboration, we look forward to bringing the important learning and networking you have come to expect at the Cornerstone Conference in an easily assessable format online.

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Final Cornerstone Conference Schedule

Friday, October 29

5:00 – 6:00 pm
Virtual Exhibition & Meeting Hub Open

5:30 – 6:00 pm
 Welcome and OnAIR Virtual Platform Training and Orientation

6:00 – 6:30 pm In Spanish - Interactive Presentation Welcome and OnAIR Virtual Platform Training and Orientation 

6:30 – 7:00 pm Adoration and Worship Service In Spanish

Saturday, October 30, 2021

8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Meeting Hub Open

8:00 am – 8:45 am
Virtual Exhibition & Networking

8:45 am
 Opening Prayer and Announcements

9:00 - 9:45 am
Keynote Speakers
Fr. Spitzer: A Case for the Inalienable Rights of the Pre-Born
Brenda Noriega: ¡Amarás al prójimo como a ti mismo! “¿Y quién es mi prójimo?”

9:45 - 10:00 am Q & A
Live Q &A with Fr. Spitzer
or Live Q & A with Brenda Noriega In Spanish

10:00 - 10:30
Martin Valverde Performance
Pedro Rubalcava Performance
Virtual Exhibition 
Networking Break

10:30 – 11:30 am Concurrent Workshops
Fr. Agustino Torres: Maintaining Christian Joy in Times of Darkness
Msgr. Ray East: Catholic Social Teaching: The Foundation for Living Faithfully, Respecting Life, and Acting Justly
Aleah Patulot: PREPARES (Pregnancy & Parenting Support)
Bishop J. Tyson and Panel: COVID-19: Lessons Learned and Future Opportunities
Camille Pauley: Doing Pro-Life Education the EASY WAY!
Faith In Action Panel: Advocacy and Ministries
Katherine Angulo: Pastoral Juvenil -  Conozcamos las realidades de esta generación
Brenda Noriega:  La migración como “signo de los tiempos”
Syndee Sauceda-Cavazos: PREPARES  (Apoyo durante el embarazo y la crianza)
Bishop J. Tyson and Panel: COVID-19: Lessons Learned and Future Opportunities (Spanish)
Panel de Ministerios: Varios ministerios presentarán información sobre lo que hacen y las formas en que puede participar

11:40 am – 12:20 pm
Washington State Bishops Panel:
All five WA State Bishops will be presenting on a variety of topics.  Spanish subtitles available.

12:20 – 12:40 pm
 Live Q & A with Bishops

12:40 – 1:15 pm Lunch Break, Virtual Exhibition, Networking Break
12:45 – 1:10 pm Martin Valverde Performance or Pedro Rubalcava Performance

1:15– 2:10pm
Closing Keynote Speakers
Gloria Purvis: What Do the Racial Justice and Pro-Life Movements Have in Common?
P. Agustino Torres: Catolicismo y Colonialismo: La Verdad y Las Enseñanzas de La Iglesia Contra La Esclavitud

2:10 - 2:25 pm Live Q & A
Live Q &A with Gloria Purvis
or Live Q & A with P. Agustino Torres In Spanish

2:30 – 3:30 pm Concurrent Workshops
Katherine Angulo: Youth Ministry - Meeting the Realities of this Generation 
Msgr. Ray East: Catholic Social Teaching: The Foundation For Living Faithfully, Respecting Life, And Acting Justly
Aleah Patulot: PREPARES (Pregnancy & Parenting Support)
Bishop D. Mueggenborg and Panel: COVID-19: Lessons Learned and Future Opportunities
Camille Pauley: Doing Pro-Life Education the EASY WAY!
Faith In Action Panel: Advocacy and Ministries
P. Agustino Torres: Mantener el gozo cristiano en tiempos de oscuridad
Brenda Noriega: La migración como “signo de los tiempos”
Syndee Sauceda-Cavazos: PREPARES (Apoyo durante el embarazo y la crianza)
Bishop J. Tyson and Panel: COVID-19: Lessons Learned and Future Opportunities (Spanish)
Panel de Ministerios: Varios ministerios presentarán información sobre lo que hacen y las formas en que puede participar

3:30 – 4:00 pm
Virtual Exhibition, Topic Discussion Groups.  Parish watch parties are encouraged to have discussion groups amongst themselves.

5:30 – 6:30 pm
Mass at the St. James Cathedral in Seattle.  Limited seating available in person.  Virtual participation will be accessible via a separate link, not via the OnAir Platform.

Special Guests

Fr. Robert Spitzer

Keynote Speaker

A Case for the Inalienable Rights of the Pre-Born

Many Americans assume of the legitimacy of abortion based on the reasoning of the Roe v. Wade decision. What they don’t realize is that the decision was based on two major fallacies, and it was restricted to constitutional rights of the unborn—not their inalienable rights. Inalienable rights belong to every human being by their very nature, and do not require constitutional or governmental sanction to exist. Just as the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness over rode the legal claims of the British Government to rule its colonies so also the inalienable right to life overrides any legal claim to deprive any innocent human being of that right. Fr. Spitzer will explain how the failure to distinguish inalienable rights from constitutional rights led not only to the injustice in the Roe v. Wade decision but also to the enslavement of hundreds of thousands of innocent people by unanimous supreme court fiat in Dred Scott v. Sandford. He will then demonstrate the inalienable right to life of the pre-born.

Fr. Spitzer has been devoted to developing a comprehensive philosophy of the pro-life movement for twenty-five years. He has focused primarily on investigating the intellectual foundations for the pro-life position – from philosophy, political theory, and legal theory. He completed significant studies of abortion and active euthanasia from the vantage point of personhood, rights theory, philosophical principles, and the major categories of cultural discourse (happiness, purpose in life, ethics, suffering, love, freedom, justice, and the common good). In furtherance of this objective he has published two books has, dozens of scholarly articles, and three video series for EWTN television. He has also started two international institutes devoted to intellectual underpinnings of the culture of life. His two books are:

Healing the Culture: A Commonsense Philosophy of Happiness, Freedom, and the Life Issues (San Francisco, Ignatius Press, 2000).

Ten Universal Principles: A Brief Philosophy of the Life Issues (San Francisco, Ignatius Press, 2011).

His two institutes are:

1. University Faculty for Life (with Fr. Thomas King, S.J., and Fr. Joseph Koterski, S.J.), in 1988. It is dedicated to collegiality, scholarship, and scientific research among pro-life faculty. It has held over twenty international academic conferences and published proceedings from each (life and learning).

2. Healing the Culture (with Camille Pauley), This organization is devoted to preparing and facilitating high school and adult education curricula to promote a comprehensive pro-life philosophy.

His three EWTN series are:

• Healing the Culture (15 part series) -- 2002.

• Profiles in Faith – with Barbara McGuigan – 2012.

• Ten Universal Principles (which will appear on EWTN in 2013).

Fr. Spitzer has debated the active euthanasia movement on the Today Show, has appeared dozens of times on Catholic radio, and has been involved in several campaigns to stop active euthanasia initiatives. He is frequently consulted on these matters by media and political campaigns.

Gloria Purvis

Keynote Speaker

What Do the Racial Justice and Pro-Life Movements Have in Common?

Today there are many threats against human life and dignity in our society. Racism is one such threat. Why is it evil? How does it impact and intersect with the pro-life movement? What can Catholics do to confront this sin?

Gloria Purvis is a graduate of Cornell University and she worked for nearly two decades in the mortgage industry before becoming a risk management director at a major financial services company.

She served on the National Black Catholic Congress' Leadership Commission on Social Justice, and as an Advisory Board Member on the Maryland Catholic Conference's Respect for Life Department as well as the Archdiocese of Washington's Pastoral Council.

She also taught Natural Family Planning and helped prepare engaged couples for marriage as a member of a Pre-Cana team in the Archdiocese of Washington.

She has appeared in various media outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, PBS Newshour, Catholic Answers Live, and EWTN News Nightly, and hosted Morning Glory, an international radio show. She is Our Sunday Visitor’s Catholic of the Year for 2020.

She is a full time stay-at-home mother and consultant for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’s Committee on Religious Liberty. She is the creator and host of the EWTN TV series, Authentically Free at Last, that deals with the modern challenges to the expression and understanding of authentic human freedom.

She is currently the creator, host, and executive producer of The Gloria Purvis Podcast in collaboration with America Media. The podcast discusses current news and complex issues at the intersection of church and society and creates space for those voices and perspectives not often given a platform.

She is dedicated to promoting the sanctity of human life, marriage, and the dignity of the human person.

You can follow her on Twitter @Gloria_Purvis and Instagram @iamgloriapurvis and subscribe to her podcast on Apple, Amazon, Google, Spotify, or wherever you stream your podcasts.

You can find more about the podcast here:

Fr. Agustino Torres

Keynote Speaker (Presenting in Spanish)

Workshop Presenter (Presenting in English and Spanish)

Maintaining Christian Joy in Times of Darkness

In the midst of trials, darkness, dryness and the spiritual battle that is part of the Christian life, how do we maintain joy? St. Francis speaks of 'perfect joy' which is the hallmark of Christianity and a much needed virtue in these days. Join us to learn about perfect joy.

Fr. Agustino Miguel Torres is a Franciscan Friar of the Renewal (CFR), a community established in the Bronx, NY and dedicated to work with the poor and evangelization. He is the President and Founder of Corazon Puro and Latinos por la Vida, apostolates dedicated to awakening and accompanying leaders in areas of great need. Fr. Agustino is a presenter on programs with EWTN “Clic con Corazon Puro” in Spanish and “ICONS” in English. He is also one of the founders of “Catholic Underground;” Casa Guadalupe and the John Paul II House—houses of discernment for women and men respectively. He is internationally sought to speak about sexuality in the context of the Doctrine of the Church, vocational discernment, missionary discipleship, amongst others. Every year, Fr. Agustino speaks to more than 25,000 youth and millions of persons through the media.

Brenda Noriega

Keynote Speaker (Presenting in Spanish)

¡Amarás al prójimo como a ti mismo! “¿Y quién es mi prójimo?”

Workshop Presenter (Presenting in Spanish)

La migración como “signo de los tiempos”

Brenda Noriega is a young minister committed to accompaniment and evangelization. She earned a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Ministries from the University of Santa Clara. Brenda collaborates in multiple national and international committees, including the International Youth Consultative Body for the Dicastery of Laity and Family Life in Rome. In her current professional role as Mission Educator-Promoter with Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, Brenda forms and accompanies young people and their families, developing their leadership skills to become missionary disciples practicing their Christian values in their daily life.

Archbishop Paul Etienne

Bishops Panel (Presenting in English, Subtitles in Spanish)

Theme: Care for God's Creation

Archbishop Paul D. Etienne was born to a large Catholic family in Tell City, Indiana. He is one of six children and has two brothers who are Catholic priests, as well as a sister who is a Benedictine nun.

Archbishop Etienne studied at Bellarmine College in Louisville, Kentucky; the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota; and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, where he earned a Licentiate of Spiritual Theology in 1995.

On June 27, 1992, he was ordained a priest in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, where he served as pastor of several parishes, vocation director and vice-rector of the Bishop Simon Brute College Seminary.

On October 19, 2009, Archbishop Etienne was appointed bishop of the Diocese of Cheyenne by Pope Benedict XVI. He served there until October 4, 2016, when he was appointed Archbishop of Anchorage by Pope Francis. He was appointed Archbishop of Seattle on September 3, 2019 after serving as Coadjutor Archbishop of Seattle from June 7, 2019.

You can read more from Archbishop Etienne on his blog:

Bishop Joseph Tyson

Bishops Panel (Presenting in English, Subtitles in Spanish)

Theme: The Rights of Workers

Bishop Joseph Tyson was born on October 16 in Moses Lake, Washington and at an early age moved to Seattle with his family. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1989. His degrees include a Bachelor of Arts in Russian and Eastern European Studies as well as Editorial Journalism from the University of Washington, a Masters in International Relations from the University of Washington, a Masters of Divinity from the Catholic University of America, and an honorary Doctorate of Letters from St. Martin’s University in Lacey. In 2005, he was consecrated Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle and named Vicar General. From 2008-2011, he served as Superintendent of Catholic Schools. He was installed as Bishop of Yakima in 2011 and currently serves as a member of the USCCB’s Committee for Cultural Diversity and Communications Committee, and Chair of the USCCB’s Catholic Communications Campaign and Pastoral Care for Migrants, Refugees and Travelers.

Bishop Thomas Daly

Bishops Panel (Presenting in English, Subtitles in Spanish)

Theme: Education and Catholic Schools

Bishop Thomas Daly was born on April 30, 1960, in San Francisco. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of San Francisco in 1982; a master of divinity from St. Patrick Seminary in Menlo Park, California, in 1987; and a master of education degree from Boston College in 1996. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of San Francisco in 1987.

Pope Benedict XVI named him auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of San Jose on March 16, 2011. He was ordained a bishop May 25, 2011.

Pope Francis named him the seventh Bishop of Spokane on March 12, 2015. Bishop Daly was installed on May 20, 2015 in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes in Spokane.

Bishop Daly is currently on the USCCB Committee on Catholic Education, and is chair- elect for the November 2021 session. He is also on the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis; the Subcommittee on Catholic Home Missions of the Committee for National Collections; and the Subcommittee on Native American Affairs of the Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church. Bishop Daly is a consultant to the Committee on Religious Liberty. Bishop Daly had previously been on the Committee for Clergy, Consecrated Life & Vocations 2013-2019.

Bishop Eusebio Elizondo

Bishops Panel (Presenting in English, Subtitles in Spanish)

Theme: DACA and Immigration in WA State

Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, MSpS is a native of Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico. He received a bachelor's degree in theology and a canon law degree from the Gregorian University in Rome. In 1984, he was ordained a priest of the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit -- a Religious Congregation of men consecrated to God for the service of the Church -- providing spiritual direction for priests and consecrated religious. As a parish priest, he provided ministry to the Catholic community in Western Washington at the request of Archbishop Brunett. He was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle by Pope Benedict XVI on May 12, 2005 and was ordained by Archbishop Brunett on June 6, 2005. Bishop Elizondo served as Chairman for the USCCB Committee on Migration and Refugee Services from 2013-2016, and concluded his term as Chairman for the Subcommittee for the Church in Latin America in November of 2018. Bishop Elizondo is the first Hispanic bishop in Seattle and is honored to serve the people of the Northwest.

Bishop Daniel Mueggenborg

Bishops Panel (Presenting in English, Subtitles in Spanish)

Theme: Forming Disciples for Life and Justice

Bishop Daniel Mueggenborg was born in Okarche, Oklahoma, April 15, 1962, and was formerly a priest of the Diocese of Tulsa, Oklahoma. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in geology from Oklahoma State University in 1984, studied pre-theology at St. Meinrad Seminary in Indiana and earned degrees in theology and biblical theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Ordained a priest July 14, 1989, in Tulsa, at Holy Family Cathedral, he served as pastor of three parishes in Tulsa, held several diocesan leadership positions and was a faculty member of the Pontifical North American College in Rome. He was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle by Pope Francis on April 6, 2017, and was ordained by Archbishop J. Peter Sartain on May 31, 2017.

Camille Pauley

Emcee and Workshop Presenter

Doing Pro-Life Education the EASY WAY!

This workshop will give you practical guidance on everything you need to provide high-quality and easy-to-use pro-life education to those in your charge, at minimal or no cost. Pedagogy will be explained and samples will be demonstrated for adult, college, high school, and K-8 education in a home, parish, homeschool co-op, or traditional school setting. Take home free materials you can begin using right away!

Camille Pauley is co-founder and President of Healing the Culture, a nonprofit organization that evangelizes and converts people to be deeply, authentically, and permanently pro-life. She is the creator of multiple internationally acclaimed educational pro-life programs, including RespectLife.University and Life Advocacy Student Training (L.A.S.T.) for college students, Principles and Choices© for high school students, and Philo and Sophie: Philosophy for Children!© for elementary school students.

In 2003 Camille co-founded Healing the Culture with Fr. Robert Spitzer using his unique curriculum to change hearts and minds, and build a culture of life. Under Camille’s leadership, Healing the Culture has quickly grown into an internationally recognized organization with a powerful pro-life message, a wealth of successful products and resources, and tremendous influence in the cultural battle over abortion and euthanasia.

In over 25 years as a professional pro-life advocate, Camille has inspired politicians, judges, lawyers, medical professionals, and church leaders to defend the sanctity of human life. She has trained tens of thousands of students, teachers, religious educators, business leaders, and pro-life professionals in Healing the Culture’s “Philosophical Foundations” curriculum. She has co-produced over 100 pro-life videos, and authored dozens of articles. She has spoken to hundreds of thousands of people across North America and around the world. She has reached millions more through television, radio, and print media.

She likes to note that when she was in high school, she met the legendary actor Gregory Peck and asked how she could become a famous movie star. He answered, “It’s not what you think, kid. Do something more important with your life.” And that’s exactly what she did."

Katherine Angulo

Workshop Presenter

Meeting the Realities of this Generation

Research shows this next decade will be crucial for the growth of our Catholic faith. Around 1,000,000 young people are disaffiliated from the Catholic Church every year in this country but it does not have to be that way. During this session we will learn trends about this generation in their relationship with their Catholic faith. Then we will highlight important areas for leaders to grow to help create effective opportunities for the young Church to encounter Christ.

Katherine Angulo is the Program Director of the Thriving in Ministry Initiative, supported by Lilly Endowment Inc., in the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame. In this role, she works to prepare lay pastoral leaders for long-term ministry in the Church and directs the Bishop John M. D'Arcy Program in Priestly Renewal. Angulo received a B.A. in Modern Languages from King College and an M.A. in Pastoral Ministry from St. Thomas University. She has more than twenty one years of experience in youth ministry. Angulo was the Creator and Editor of The Mark, a Catholic teen magazine, and the Executive Producer of the volunteer training program, Called to Accompany/Llamados a Acompañar. She also is the Executive Producer of the Bishop D’Arcy Program for Priestly Renewal Video Series.

Monsignor Ray East

Workshop Presenter

Catholic Social Teaching: The Foundation For Living Faithfully, Respecting Life, And Acting Justly

Learn about the seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching, which drive us to respect the dignity of every human person, seek justice, and advocate for the common good.

Monsignor Ray East is the son of the late Thomas and Gwendolyn East. He was born in Newark, New Jersey. Raised in San Diego, he graduated from the University of San Diego. After attending Holy Trinity Seminary in Dallas, Texas and Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland he was ordained in 1981 for the Archdiocese of Washington by Cardinal James Aloysius Hickey.

Father Ray serves as pastor of St. Teresa of Avila parish in Southeast Washington DC. He is a board member of the Center for Ministry Development. In 2005 he received the Teacher of Peace Award from Pax Christi USA and in 2010 was the recipient of the Jubilate Deo Award from the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. He has worked in the areas of Liturgy, Youth Ministry and Evangelization.

Aleah Patulot

Workshop Presenter

PREPARES (Pregnancy and Parenting Support)

Bishop Joseph Tyson and Panel

Workshop Presenter

COVID-19: Lessons Learned and Future Opportunities

Pedro Rubalcava

Musical Guest

Pedro Rubalcava is a nationally known bilingual/bicultural clinician, composer and performer with expertise in various musical styles. Pedro is dedicated to searching for and creating prayerful experiences of the Divine through music, liturgy, the arts and beyond. He has been directing liturgical music groups for more than 40 years. He has been working in professional pastoral ministry in various areas, including liturgy and music, evangelization, youth and young adult ministry, catechetical ministry and RCIA for the past 33 years.

Pedro received national recognition in 1990 when Amanecer, his bilingual music collection, was nominated for a Grammy award in the Best Mexican/American Performance category.

Currently, Pedro is the Director of Music Development and Outreach OCP, where he has worked the past fifteen years. He also serves on the executive boards of the Instituto Nacional Hispano de Liturgia (INHL), the National Council for Hispanic Ministry (NCCHM) and the Northwest Regional Office for Hispanic Affairs (NWROHA).

He resides in Damascus, Oregon, with his wife, Kristin.

Martín Valverde

Musical Guest

Martín Valverde is a Catholic singer, musician and songwriter. Born in Costa Rica, he is a naturalized Mexican citizen. Martín is dedicated to bringing a message of faith and values with a contemporary style of music, through concerts, charity events, musical productions and workshops, to young people and musicians.

Nowadays, Martín continues his work of communicating the Message of God through his music and his work, with humor and reflection.

"Comunicar la fe y el mensaje de Dios a través de la música, humor y reflexión." - Martín Valverde

Faith In Action: Ministry and Advocacy

Workshop Panel, Presented in English and Spanish

Themes include:

Year-Round Catholic Advocacy and Conscience Formation

Respect Life

Death Penalty/Prison Ministry


Care for God's Creation

Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center (IPJC)

St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP)

Conference Location

The 2021 Cornerstone Catholic Conference will be held virtually this year using the virtual event platform OnAIR. Please watch this video below for a sneak peak of the platform.

We Thank Our Generous Sponsors

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Hope Sponsor

Keynote Sponsor

Partner in Ministry

Justice for All Sponsors


How much is the registration fee?
Due to the generous support of our sponsors there is no registration fee to attend the October 30, 2021 virtual Cornerstone Conference.

You are invited to make a donation to defray conference expenses. Individuals offering donations of $75.00 or more will have access to the virtual content until December 31, 2021. This will give you first access to speaker recordings. Access to conference speaker recordings will be available to the general public 60 days after conference via YouTube.

Are scholarships available?
No scholarships are needed this year as there is no cost to attend the conference as an attendee.

Will Mass be celebrated?
On Saturday, October 30 at 5:30 p.m., there will be a closing bi-lingual Mass celebrated by Archbishop Paul Etienne and Bishop Eusebio Elizondo at St. James Cathedral in Seattle. The Mass will also be live-streamed via a separate link to be provided soon.

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