Pilgrimage to Life & Leadership Conference 2016

CEC For Life is excited to announce our 2016 Pilgrimage to Life & Leadership Conference (and Essay Contest), set to take place in beautiful Spain!




This conference is open to a limited number of attendees, ages 18 to 30, looking for a unique learning experience that will develop the spiritual and practical components every leader needs to answer God’s call on your life — whether that call is to ministry, the work force, or within your community.


The Pilgrimage to Life & Leadership Conference will take place July 12th-17th. We suggest that attendees (especially those traveling from America) arrive in Madrid by Sunday, July 10th, in order to arrive in Salamanca by Monday evening.

The first portion of the conference will be held July 12th & 13th in the city of Salamanca. This will include two days of extensive training with Bishop Elmer Belmonte from Madrid and Fr. Terry Gensemer of CEC For Life.

On July 14th, attendees will begin a four day pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago, arriving at Santiago de Compostela by July 17th for a final mass.


This conference is designed to develop leaders. We are looking for young people who demonstrate maturity in their Christian walk and who desire intense leadership training for the future.

Each attendee must complete the 2016 Pilgrimage to Life & Leadership Application in order to attend. (Be sure to also download the Reference Letter Form.) Conference Registration is $30 per attendee, which includes a t-shirt and certificate.

Because attendance is extremely limited, applications will be considered on a first-come, first-serve basis — and submissions are now open. Please note that there are only 25 spots available:

  •  4 are available to Americans (2 of which are reserved for American winners of the 2016 Life & Leadership Essay Contest), and
  • 21 are available to Europeans (2 of which are also reserved for European winners of the 2016 Life & Leadership Essay Contest).


We thought you’d never ask! CEC For Life will sponsor 4 young leaders who would like to attend this conference — 2 Americans, and 2 Europeans.

To enter the essay contest, you will be required to submit the completed 2016 Pilgrimage to Life & Leadership Application (and Reference Letter Forms) along with an 8-10 page essay written in response to the following:

We live in a global community. Do you think one person can create significant change globally, whether in the sphere of the culture of life or any area that would advance civilization in a positive way? How is this done? Support your answer by discussing at least one relevant example of a leader who brought about significant change. Discuss this leader’s successes and failures that occurred along the way.


  • To be considered, your essay and completed application (with References) must be received no later than Tuesday, May 10th via mail (See Application Pg. 4 for further details).
  • Essays must be 8-10 pages, typed in 12pt Arial Font and double-spaced.
  • You should include a title page.
  • You are also required to cite a minimum of 4 credible sources.
  • MLA, APA or CMS are all acceptable for citation.


Contest winners will be chosen by a board of national pro-life leaders.

Winners will be announced on Sunday, May 15th.

Essays MUST be received by our office NO LATER THAN May 10th.


American Contestants: One young woman and one young man will be chosen from the American Essay Contest Submissions. CEC For Life will cover half the cost of each winner’s travel and lodging. Contest winners must raise funds for the other half of the cost by July 4th.

European Contestants: One young woman and one young man will be chosen from the European Essay Contest Submissions. Because the cost of travel and lodging for these two will be much lower, CEC For Life is able to cover the full cost for each winner.


If you have questions, please email us at [email protected]  REMEMBER: Essay Contestants must submit their Application, Reference Forms, and Essay no later than May 10th, 2016.  All other Applicants (those wishing to attend, but not enter the Essay Contest) should mail in Applications, Reference Forms, and their Registration Fee as soon as possible.