January 7, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Legatus, a membership organization for Catholic business leaders, will present President George W. Bush with its prestigious Cardinal John J. O’Connor Pro-Life Award at its annual Summit, Feb. 4-6, in Dana Point, Calif. Previous recipients of the award include Fr. Frank Pavone (Priests for Life), Fr. Thomas Euteneuer (Human Life International), Judie Brown (American Life League), Sen. Rick Santorum, Sen. Sam Brownback, and Rep. Henry Hyde.

President Bush will accept the award and address Legatus members for the first time since leaving office one year ago. He previously spoke at Legatus’ first annual pro-life conference in Washington, D.C, in early 2001 shortly after taking office as the nation’s 43rd president.

Bush joins a host of other prominent speakers at the upcoming Summit, including former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista, Emmy Award-winning actress Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond), entrepreneur Frank J. Hanna III, Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George, New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, Fr. Robert Spitzer, SJ, and Thomas Donohue, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. A medical panel, moderated by Ascension Health president Tony Tersigni of Legatus’ St. Louis Chapter, will discuss the future of health care in America.

"The Summit’s theme, Challenging the Culture, is just what Legatus members are asking for", said the event’s chairperson, Kathleen Eaton.