Kirk Scholarship and Essays


  • Miscellaneous Topics:


  • “Living Maternity, One Call, Many Vocations: Adoption and the Experience of Infertility,” GIVEN Institute Forum (invited speaker, June 2019)

  • Humanae Vitae and The Cross of Infertility,” Embracing God’s Vision for Marriage, Love, and Life, Humanae vitae (1968-2018): A Fiftieth Year Anniversary Symposium hosted at Catholic University of America (invited to present paper, April 2018)

  • “Adoption, Catholic Teaching, and the Law,” Catholic Bar Association (invited paper, presented at annual General Assembly, November 2017)

  • “An Exchange of Gifts: What FertilityCare Professionals Should Know about Adoption," American Academy of FertilityCare Professionals (invited seminar presentation, October 2017)

  • “The Importance of Adoption,” National Review Institute and Catholic Information Center Symposium (invited remarks, presented May 8, 2017)

  • “The Importance of Foster Care and Adoption in Caring for the Most Vulnerable,” Catholic Women’s Forum Symposium (invited paper, presented by proxy in March 2017)

  • “Adoption as a Message of Mercy for Families,” Benedictine College (invited paper, presented in April 2016)

  • “An Exchange of Gifts: Adoption in the Culture of Life,” University of Notre Dame (invited to present annually at Vita Institute, 2010-2015)

  • Symposium on Women & the Church, Ethics & Public Policy Center (invited participant, 2014-2019)

  • “Marital Love and Spiritual Fruitfulness,” Diocese of South Bend-Fort Wayne Family Life Conference (invited presentation, March 2010)

  • “Woman and Man, the ‘Humanum’ in its Entirety,” (invited delegate to Vatican congress marking the 20th anniversary of Mulieris dignitatem, February 2008)