The annual Mass for Life is kicking off a weekend in January of events addressing a number of different life and dignity issues. The 2015 Mass for Life will be celebrated on Saturday, Jan. 17 at 9 a.m. at St. Ambrose Cathedral with Dubuque Archbishop Michael Jackels and Bishop Richard Pates. After Mass, the group is invited to join others at the west steps of the state Capitol for the third annual Midwest March for Life, sponsored by Iowa Right to Life. A luncheon follows the march at the Iowa Events Center, where there will be a number of speakers/breakout sessions and a youth track. On Sunday, Jan. 18, the Iowa Institute for Social Action begins its two-day conference. The keynote speaker Sunday is Catholic Relief Services President Dr. Carolyn Woo. Monday's keynote speaker is Des Moines Register political columnist Kathie Obradovich, who will talk about the political landscape in Iowa and Washington, D.C. The social action gathering has added a youth track featuring poet and author Julia Dinsmore. The conference is sponsored by the Iowa Catholic Conference and the four dioceses of Iowa.