Bobby Schindler is president of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network, which works to protect the lives of the medically vulnerable and disabled from the threat of euthanasia.
The only son of Bob and Mary Schindler, Bobby was born and raised just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with his sisters, Terri and Suzanne. After his graduation from LaSalle University with a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing, Bobby went on to obtain a degree in meteorology from Florida State University.
Bobby’s life took a dramatic and unexpected turn in February of 1990 when his older sister, Terri, suddenly collapsed and was left with a profound cognitive disability. When Terri’s estranged husband sought court permission to starve and dehydrate her to death, Bobby was suddenly propelled into a life he had never imagined. He spoke in defense of his sister’s life on numerous national television and radio programs including Hannity & Colmes, Larry King Live, the Oprah Winfrey Show, The Glenn Beck Show, Good Morning America, The Early Show, The Today Show, Dateline NBC, the 700 Club, EWTN and many others.
Following Terri’s tragic death on March 31, 2005, Bobby gave up his teaching job at Tampa Catholic High School and became a full-time pro-life and disability rights advocate. Today, Bobby through the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network assists families in need of legal action to prevent their loved ones from health care rationing and food and water removal.
Terri’s Life & Hope Network has provided resources and support to over 1000 families and has been involved in hundreds of cases helping to protect persons who were in or potentially facing life-threatening situations and was the 2009-2010 recipient of the Gerard Health Life Prizes Award.
Bobby has spoken extensively throughout the U.S. and internationally, having spoken in 44 states, at 29 universities, colleges, and medical schools and in 9 countries abroad which includes addressing giving a firsthand account about Terri’s story which was largely misrepresented by the mainstream media. Bobby talks about the effects this case has had across America and about the tens of thousands of individuals living like Terri today. Bobby has published dozens of articles and opinion columns on issues including food and hydration, assisted suicide, the bioethics movement, medical ethics, and end of life issues. His writings have appeared nationally in the Wall Street Journal, The Linacre Quarterly, The Human Life Review, TIME, Chicago Tribune, Townhall.com and LifeNews.com.
Bobby has also been asked to testify before state legislatures in Florida, Louisiana, California and Kentucky, and has addressed Members of Parliament in Canada and Australia concerning the protection of the medically vulnerable. He and his family have also authored the book A Life That Matters (2006), regarding their decade long struggle to care for his sister Terri. Bobby also co-hosted on America’s Lifeline, a weekly radio program that covered such topics as euthanasia, futile care and assisted suicide. He also sits on the board of Cincinnati Right to Life.
Most recently, Bobby and their organization have begun the dream of the family’s father, Bob Schindler – to establish a rehabilitation center in Terri’s memory.
Unlike other rehabilitation centers, this will be a state of the art center with first class medical staff and administration that will develop a treatment model that is not being offered anywhere else in our country.
For more information on Bobby Schindler and the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network, please visit www.lifeandhope.com.
Day 1. Wednesday, June 1: Transatlantic flight to Dublin
Day 2. Thursday, June 2: Dublin
Welcome to Ireland! Upon arrival into Dublin, meet your tour escort and begin your sightseeing with a visit to Trinity College, founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I on the site of an Augustinian monastery. Visit its spectacular Old Library and its Treasury housing the Book of Kells, the most richly decorated of Ireland’s medieval illuminated manuscripts; a work of the monks of Iona who fled to Kells in 606 AD after a Viking raid. It contains the four Gospels in Latin. Afterwards, visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Ireland’s largest church; it was founded beside a sacred well where St. Patrick is said to have baptized converts around 450 AD. Tonight enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow travel companions. (WD)
Day 3. Friday, June 3: Dublin
Enjoy a day at leisure in Dublin. You may want to visit the National Museum with its famous Cross of Cong, visit Dublinia and learn the history of Dublin, or visit Kilmainham Gaol, a prison related to the uprising of the Irish Resistance. Optional guided visit to the home of Oscar Wilde. (IB)
Day 4. Saturday, June 4: Dublin – Glendalough – Kilkenny
Glendalough harbors one of Ireland’s most atmospheric monastic sites. Established by St. Kevin in the 6th century, it is a pilgrimage site par excellence. The earliest buildings associated with St. Kevin are by the Upper Lake, where the scenery is much more natural and visitors are able to enjoy the tranquility of the site. Continue to Kilkenny, Ireland’s loveliest inland city. Free time to visit Kilkenny’s Castle, St. Canice Cathedral, or one of the city’s famous pubs. Tonight, dinner is on your own. (IB)
Day 5. Sunday, June 5: Kilkenny – Rock of Cashel – Blarney – Killarney
According to tradition, the Rock of Cashel originated in the Devil’s Bit, a mountain 20 miles north of Cashel when St. Patrick banished Satan from a cave, resulting in the Rock’s landing in Cashel. Cashel is said to be the site of the conversion of the King of Munster by St. Patrick in the 5th century. The Rock of Cashel was the traditional seat of the kings of Munster for several hundred years prior to the Norman invasion. In 1101, the King of Munster donated his fortress on the Rock to the Church. The picturesque complex has a character of its own and is one of the most remarkable collections of Celtic art and medieval architecture to be found anywhere in Europe. Continue to Blarney Castle to kiss the famous stone for the gift of eloquence. If you prefer not to climb to the top of the fortress, you may visit the Woolen Mills, a gift store servicing tourists visiting the village. Continue to Killarney for dinner and overnight. (IB, D)
Day 6. Monday, June 6: Killarney: Excursion to the Ring of Kerry
Today embark on Ireland’s most popular scenic drive, the Ring of Kerry. This winding route reveals breathtaking sights of the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks as well as coastal views of breathtaking beaches and cliffs. Stop at Kells to meet a local farmer, Brendan Ferris, for a taste of farm life with a sheepdog demonstration of herding flocks and see different breeds of sheep. Drive through the village of Cahirciveen and cross to Valentia Island by bridge where you’ll visit the Skellig Experience to learn about the nearby rocky islands where early Christian monks lived in austere conditions. Sit down to a casual lunch in a cozy restaurant. Stop to walk around Sneem, where brightly-painted houses are grouped around a central green. Pause at Moll’s Gap for panoramic views of Ireland’s highest mountains and deep valleys. Return to Killarney and enjoy a free evening for independent dining or exploring the many pubs in the town. (IB, L)
Day 7. Tuesday, June 7: Killarney – Bunratty – Cliffs of Moher – Galway
Travel to Bunratty and visit its castle built in the 15th century. Beautifully restored to its original state, the present interior looks much as it did in the 17th century. Next, visit Bunratty Folk Park, a meticulous re-creation of rural life in Ireland at the turn of the 19th century, including a complete village. Continue to the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher, rising to a height of 250 feet above the sea and extending for five miles. Dinner and overnight in Galway. (IB, D)
Day 8. Wednesday, June 8: Galway – Kylemore Abbey – Croagh Patrick – Knock
Sheltered by the slopes of the Twelve Bens, Kylemore Abbey is a romantic lakeside castle; a battlemented Gothic Revival fantasy, built in the 19th century. It became an abbey when Benedictine nuns, fleeing from Ypres in Belgium during World War I, sought refuge here. Visit the restored rooms of the Abbey and learn about its history and tales of tragedy and romance. Explore the Victorian Walled Garden with its magnificent restored buildings. Continue to Croagh Patrick, Ireland’s holy mountain. In 441 AD, St. Patrick spent 40 days on the mountain fasting and praying for the Irish. Penitents make a pilgrimage barefoot to the summit for St. Patrick’s intercession. Travel to Knock, the Marian shrine of Ireland. In 1879, two local women saw an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph, and St. John the Evangelist. It was witnessed by 13 more onlookers and validated by the Catholic Church amid claims of miraculous cures. (IB, D)
Day 9. Thursday, June 9: Knock – Clonmacnoise – Dublin
Today on your way to Dublin, stop at Clonmacnoise, a medieval monastery founded by St. Ciaran in 545-548. Known for its scholarship and piety, it thrived from the 7th to the 12th century. Many kings of Tara and of Connaught were buried here. Plundered by the Vikings and Anglo-Normans, it fell to the English in 1552. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner with Irish music to celebrate the end of a beautiful and successful journey. Overnight in Dublin. (IB, D)
Day 10. Friday, June 10: Transatlantic flight
Transfer to Dublin International Airport for your flight home. (IB)
Irish Breakfast (IB), Lunch (L), Dinner (D), Welcome Dinner (WD), Farewell Dinner (FD)
* In case of unforeseen events, this itinerary is subject to change.
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