1st Theology on Tap - AcquilanoOur Fall 2015 Theology on Tap kicks off a 4-week speaker series tonight on a highly requested topic: Faith & Politics! All are encouraged to arrive at Sticky Fingers (Woodruff Road behind Whole Foods – 3 Market Point Dr) by 6:45pm to socialize and order drinks/food. The speaker will begin at 7:30pm. The next dates in the series: 11/23 with Father Renaurd West, 11/30 with Dr. William E. DeMars, and 12/7 with Councilman Jim Burns. Questions? Call/text Kylee at 864-266-8843.

About Tonight’s Speaker:
Mr. Acquilano was hired in 2013 to serve as the Director of the South Carolina Catholic Conference and Finance Associate for the Diocese of Charleston. He has worked at the United Nations as an NGO representative for the Society of Catholic Social Scientists in the February 2011 Commission on the Status of Women where he worked alongside the Holy See and several ambassadors. Mr. Acquilano and his colleagues’ mission was to promote an international right to life. In 2012, Mr. Acquilano worked with South Carolina Citizens for Life as a legal intern where he focused on government compliance issues and the implementation of pro-life legislation.

Presently, Mr. Acquilano serves as a co-coordinator for the Law of Life Summit, which is a conference held at both the March for Life (Washington, DC) and Walk for Life (San Francisco, CA) and is structured to assemble pro-life attorneys from across the country to strategize and coordinate efforts in the promote a culture of life through legislative and judicial action. Mr. Acquilano serves as a board of director for many pro-life and Catholic organizations around the country, including Sidewalk Advocates for Life and South Carolina Citizens for Life, and was recently elected Chair of the Ave Maria School of Law Alumni Board of Directors.

Mr. Acquilano has been published in several law journals, most recently in the Ave Maria School of Law, International Law Journal in his article on The Mass implementation of International Sex Education Guidelines and the Legal and Moral Ramifications as Presented by the Roman Catholic Church. Michael’s most recent work, A Society Broken and a Youth Ready to Rebuild was published in The Christian Lawyer in the summer 2013 edition, a publication of the Christian Legal Society. He has appeared on FoxNews and EWTN on several occasions.

Mr. Acquilano graduated from Bentley University in Boston, Massachusetts with a degree in Corporate Finance and Accounting. He later received his law degree from Ave Maria School of Law in Naples, Florida. Mr. Acquilano resided in Paris, France during his studies at Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Rouen, one of the top business schools in Europe, where he studied International Finance and Negotiations. Additionally, he lived in Odumasi Krobo, Ghana in 2010 when he was a Business Consultant for Ghana Poultry Network (GAPNET). While in Ghana Mr. Acquilano aided local companies and organized a micro-financing organization to aid impoverished farmers start their own companies.

He is a native of the Finger Lakes Region of New York where his immediate family are abortion abolitionists, aiding women in crisis pregnancy situations. Michael enjoys running, and even completed the Boston Marathon in 2012 with the word “Pro-Life” sewn into his running shorts.

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