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Click here to go to the complete list of this month's books. The following are a few of the titles of particular interest.

The Knights of Columbus
An Illustrated History
Andrew T. Walther and Maureen H. Walther

God's Hand on America
Divine Providence in the Modern Era
Michael Medved

Anti-Abortionist at Large
How to Argue Intelligently About Abortion and Live to Tell About It
Raymond Dennehy

Work Play Love
How the Mass Changed the Life of the First Christians
Mike Aquilina

... plus a few "new" reprints of classics, an Auschwitz
journal and a prison chaplain's story, more


Datebook Plus listings are for informational purposes. Efforts are made to ensure the appropriateness and relevancy of each listing. However, being listed does not imply that this Office or the Society of the Divine Word endorses the event, speaker, agenda, topic, sponsor, publisher, or author.

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Amazing Parish Online
Features video modules on the most popular Amazing Parish conference content, featuring Patrick Lencioni and focusing on teamwork. AP Online is designed to walk parish leaders and teams through videos and exercises, giving them the tools they need to build an amazing parish. Each module takes 45-60 minutes and is accompanied by a study guide. AP Online is made available to you free of charge thanks to the generosity of our donors who believe your parish can and should be amazing.


Ave Maria Press: Professional Development Webinar Series
Join Ave Maria Press online for a series of free, professional development webinars for parish ministers. Enjoy access to free presentations by experts in every area of parish ministry from the comfort of your home or office. Log in to the live webinars to participate in our question-and-answer sessions or watch the free recordings at your convenience.


Boston College: STM Online: Crossroads
Offers non-credit online courses and workshops for for adult spiritual enrichment and faith formation. With a focus on shared reflection in an online learning community. Courses run four to six weeks with a fee of $85; workshops run for two-weeks for $40.


Center for Ministry Development
The Center for Ministry Development (CMD) works to provide dynamic resources for comprehensive youth ministry and is committed to helping parishes, dioceses, and campuses implement the vision for ministry with young adults as articulated by the U.S. Catholic Bishops in Sons and Daughters of the Light--A Pastoral Plan for Ministry with Young Adults. The webinars are leader/ministry/staff focused and are priced at $25 per participant with group discounts available.


CLINIC (Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.)
CLINIC regularly offers webinars on a variety of immigration law, advocacy, and program management issues. Each webinar lasts approximately 90 minutes and covers a specific topic. CLINIC schedules at least one webinar per month on discrete immigration law issues. Participants receive a certificate of attendance and a copy of the presentation. Fees vary from no-charge to $25.


Every course on Coursera is taught by top instructors from the world’s best universities and educational institutions. Courses include recorded video lectures, auto-graded and peer-reviewed assignments, and community discussion forums. When you complete a course, you’ll receive a sharable electronic Course Certificate. Highlights: Online and open to everyone; Learn a new skill in 4-6 weeks; Priced at about $29-$99.


If you'd like to start learning a foreign language, check out Duolingo. This is an online language-learning platform designed to give everyone—worldwide—a chance to learn a language for free (no hidden fees, no premium content). You can access Duolingo via the web and/or by downloading the app for iOS, Android or Windows phones.


Johnson Institute / Senior Adult Ministry
Offers self-study courses covering four separate categories which provide enrichment, training, and inspirational curriculums. Course fees average $250. The site also provides additional resources and professional certification.


Religious Formation Conference (RFC)
Offers periodic webinars to RFC members--the Chicago Province is a member--free of charge. Check the website and if you (as an SVD) are interested in a particular webinar, contact this office for registration instructions.


Religious Law and Consultation
Offers previous, recorded webcasts concerning religious law. Webcasts are available on-demand for $65 or as a CD-rom for $75.


Spirituality & Practice
Offers a variety of online e-courses focusing on spirituality and its practice. Numerous religious traditions are represented: the Dalai Lama, Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen, Eknath Easwaran to name a few. Among the courses offered, there are also online retreats. Prices start at $39.95.


St. Luke Institute: SLIconnect
One-hour, live presentations by experts in psychological and spiritual health. Participants may "chat" questions to the facilitator during the presentation. All webinars are recorded an can be accessed on SLIconnect after the live presentation. Webinars are offered for approximately $25-$60; registration includes access to the presentation slides, associated learning materials, and on-demand access to the webinar recording for six months.

Successfully Speaking
Offers online accent modification classes to improve your communication skills and pronunciation of the English language as well as offerings in public speaking and communication skills. Typical cost for a class is $2,200 to $2,500. Note that they also have no-charge online videos available.

 Listings and links reviewed: March 2017

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May 6, 2020
May 13, 2020
May 20, 2020
Each session starts at 8:00pm EST

Purification of the Heart: The First Stage of the Spiritual Life
God With Us Online

The purification of the heart is the essential starting point of the Christian life. How do we identify the presence of the passions in our own lives, and what are the means, the medicine, that the Church gives us to overcome them?

Site: Online
Registration: Free of charge but registration is required

God With Us Online is dedicated to the catechetical renewal of Eastern Catholics in the United States in accord with the Church’s call for the New Evangelization. While the goal is to teach Eastern Catholics about their faith, this will be of interest to many Roman Catholics also.


June 3, 2020
June 10, 2020
June 17, 2020
Each session starts at 8:00pm EST

The Third Heaven: The Key to the Epistles of St. Paul
God With Us Online

In this Bible study we’ll explore the life of the thirteenth Apostle and the impact of his conversion on the Church, and learn how to read Saint Paul’s epistles in the context of his life to understand them more fully.

Site: Online
Registration: Free of charge but registration is required

God With Us Online is dedicated to the catechetical renewal of Eastern Catholics in the United States in accord with the Church’s call for the New Evangelization. While the goal is to teach Eastern Catholics about their faith, this will be of interest to many Roman Catholics also.


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April 14-16, 2020

NCEA 2020 Convention & Expo
National Catholic Educational Association

The National Catholic Educational Association Convention and Expo (NCEA 2020) taking place April 14-16 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD, is the largest private education association gathering in the world, held in fellowship with the Archdiocese of Baltimore. NCEA invites you to join us for this one-of-a-kind event that brings together Catholic and other religious educators from across the United States, Canada and other countries to exchange ideas and debut cutting-edge research and technologies related to education. Those participating represent all aspects of Catholic and faith-based education from preschool, elementary, secondary, adult education, colleges and universities to local parish pastors, priests, parish volunteers and more. Enjoy more than 200 professional development sessions, beautiful liturgies, and special events. Be sure to save time to visit the Expo Hall to get the latest in educational technology, products, and services.

Site: Baltimore, Maryland
Registration: NCEA Member $335 thru April 10; $435 after
Nonmember $535 thru April 10; $635 after


April 14-17, 2020

New Listing
Annual Conference North American Maritime Ministry Association
North American Maritime Ministry Association (NAMMA)

The Annual Conference of the North American Maritime Ministry Association is one of the largest gatherings of maritime ministry agencies and port welfare workers in North America. Join us and network with those on the front lines of the human relations and seafarer wellbeing efforts in the maritime industry. This event will attract industry professionals, maritime welfare agencies, their chaplains, and volunteers in North America. The conference provides networking, discussion of important maritime issues, and training.

Site: Ottawa, ON, Canada
Registration: Members $199USD / Nonmembers $249USD


April 16-19, 2020

ACA 2020 Conference & Expo
American Counseling Association

The ACA Conference & Expo includes 36 topic-focused tracks offering you CE credits in the specialty areas you - and your clients - need most. Learn from the experts in sessions focused on ethics, trauma, suicide, anxiety, grief, multicultural counseling & much more!

Site: San Diego, California
Registration: ACA Member $599
Nonmember $840


April 18, 2020

The Saint John's Bible: Heritage Edition Workshop
Christ the King Priory

The Saint John’s Bible is the first handwritten bible, commissioned by a Benedictine monastery in more than five hundred years, on approximately 1,150 pages and including 160 major illuminations. A copy of the large, seven-volume leather bound Heritage Edition, which is a fine art reproduction of The Saint John’s Bible, has been donated to St. Benedict Center and will be on permanent display starting in the spring of 2020. This workshop is for those who might be interested in becoming guides for the Saint John’s Bible: You will get to know The Saint John’s Bible, learn “why” and “how” the original manuscript was created and become familiar with the illuminations. Those willing to bring and/or guide a group two times a year, will receive a free book with all the illuminations and a handout describing the Seeing the Word process.

Site: Schuyler, Nebraska
Registration: Free


April 18, 2020

Active Hope: The Spiritual Journey of Facing Climate Change
Genesis Spiritual Center

The momentous environmental changes and social disruptions that are occurring offer a profound opportunity for spiritual growth as we do the work needed to meet them. This crisis situation can be experienced in very different ways by younger and older folks. Lisa, in her 30s, and Verne, in his 70s, will co-facilitate the approach of Joanna Macy—over 50 years in the making—called The Work That Reconnects to explore the challenges, opportunities and spiritual openings offered by the present moment. Humor, song, and short outdoor activities will be part of this process.  With the fresh perspectives we will explore ways we can heal the planet and create a sustainable way of life.

Site: Westfield, Massachusetts
Registration: $35


April 18-22, 2020

NAB Show
National Association of Broadcasters

NAB Show brings together the entire digital ecosystem and is represented by professionals in advertising, app development, artificial intelligence, audio, augmented reality, broadcast, cable, cloud solutions, cybersecurity, digital video, digital signage, eLearning, esports, film, game development, government and military, houses of worship, in-vehicle entertainment, IOT, IT, live events, mixed reality, mobile, online video, podcasting, post-production, radio, retail, social media, sports, streaming, system integration, television, virtual reality, 5G and more will converge in Las Vegas for six days to further their careers, gain knowledge, experience cutting-edge training, get hands-on with the latest technology, and connect with industry trailblazers advancing the art, science and business of content.

Site: Las Vegas, Nevada
Registration: The variety of passes range from $199 to $1,505
Visit for show pass details.


April 20, 2020

Healing the Earth—Our Common Home
St. Francis Center

Francis of Assisi was called. Pope Francis was called. If you are reading this, YOU are being called to respond to the whispers and cries of our Earth and her poor and vulnerable communities. This workshop will heighten your awareness and will offer simple steps to help alleviate the effects of drought, flooding, poor air quality, ocean waste, and more. Breakout sessions presented by local speakers will provide practical, cost-effective solutions to your faith community’s questions about energy efficiency, sustainability, reducing waste, storm water runoff, and water quality. Who should attend? This workshop is for pastors and clergy, advisory committees, parishioners, principals, teachers, and all individuals wanting to learn how to make a difference. The schedule will integrate time for personal reflection and Q&A. Please join us! Two sessions are being offered; both sessions will cover the same topics: 9:30-11:30am and 7:00-9:00pm.

Site: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Registration: Free will offering, but registration is required (scroll down page to the event)


April 20-23, 2020

Conference on Human Formation: Mental Health Matters
Saint Luke Institute and Saint Meinrad Archabbey Seminary and School of Theology

The third biennial Conference on Human Formation will address mental health concerns that commonly arise among men and women pursuing priesthood and religious life. This conference is designed for formation and vocations personnel as well as diocesan and religious leadership. Topics include addressing mood disorders and anxiety, understanding personality disorders, screening for emotional and psychosexual concerns, dealing with trauma or abuse in discernment, and more.

Site: St. Meinrad, Indiana
Registration: $595 (includes conference materials, room and meals)


April 21-23, 2020

TNPA Fundraising and Marketing Conference
The Nonprofit Alliance

This inaugural conference for nonprofit sector professionals is your new must-attend event. The Catholic Development Council, which ceased operations June 2019, is now part of this Alliance.

Site: Boston, Massachusetts
Registration: TNPA Member $395
Nonmembers $475


April 26-29, 2020

Practicing Pastoral Leadership (CPPCD Annual Summit)
Conference for Pastoral Planning and Council Development

The Conference for Pastoral Planning and Council Development (CPPCD)
promotes and advocates consultative processes that foster effective planning for the pastoral life of the church. IN A TIME OF TRANSFORMATIONAL CHANGE…How do we become increasingly relevant as a Church to the real issues in people’s lives? How is God calling us to more deeply engage our people through planning, consultation, and leadership development? What are the principles and best practices to guide our work? Come find out.

Site: Jesuit Retreat Center, Parma, Ohio
Registration: CPPCD Member $625 / Nonmember $725


April 29 – May 2, 2020

NAVFD 2020 Conference
National Association of Vocation & Formation Directors

This year's theme is Calling to New Horizons. We are very fortunate to have attracted three excellent speakers who will inform and inspire under the theme of ‘Calling to New Horizons’: Dr. Richard Gaillardetz, Sr. Margo Ritchie, CSJ and Fr. Daniel Horan, OFM.

Site: St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Registration: NAVRD Member $475 / Nonmember $525


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May 3-5, 2020

NACPA 2020 Convocation
National Association of Church Personnel Administrators

NACPA Convocation brings members from around the country together to learn from experts in HR and the world of HR in the Church. All those who have succeeded in creating a better and more prosperous environment, through the field of HR, within their communities. NACPA Convocation connects our members with up-to-date, tactics, policies and skills, from 3 Plenary Speakers, 16 Workshop Sessions, Hot-Topic Roundtables, Intimate Forums, Speaker Chats, and over 20 Exhibitors.

Site: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Registration: NACPA Member $700 / Nonmember: $800


May 10-15, 2020

Finding God in—Of All Things: Our Age-ing!
Maryknoll Mission Institute

Aging in America is, more often than not, underappreciated and undervalued – indeed it is devalued. Our American culture is rife with “age-ism”. Yet if we cultivate a spirituality of age, we can embrace the abundant fruits of aging instead of squandering them. During this Program, we will consider a “spirituality of age” that will serve to encourage and enhance spiritual growth because aging is a time ripe with transitions and transformations. We will envision aging as a reality of life that wakes us up in ways we may never have experienced before. It is important for us to open our eyes, remove the spiritual cataracts that obstructed our vision of life in aging, and see with mature eyes, new truths and realities about our lives, past, present and future.

Site: Ossining, New York
Registration: $60 deposit, tuition $200, $60 room/board per night


May 11-14, 2020

2020 National Conference National Association of Catholic Chaplains
National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC)

The National Association of Catholic Chaplains advocates for the profession of spiritual care and educates, certifies, and supports chaplains, clinical pastoral educators, and all members who continue the healing ministry of Jesus in the name of the Church. This year's Conference theme is 20/20 Vision: The Future of Spiritual Care. Our goals at the 2020 Conference will be to: Share leading practices in research, professional development, and credentialing; Strengthen professional relations; Focus our time, talents and resources on those most vulnerable; and Grow our practical and professional skills

Site: Cleveland, Ohio
Registration: NACC member $815 / Nonmember $915


May 13-16, 2020

MSA Annual Conference
Mariological Society of America (MSA)

This conference will seek to understand the person of Mary in terms of her concrete historical existence as well as her deeper anthropological significance for the human call to communion with God.

Site: Federal Way, Washington
Registration: Contact MSA for details


May 15-17, 20210

7th Annual Marian Eucharistic Conference
Ave Conferences

The theme this year is Mary, Mother of the Eucharist. Events include Candlelight Rosary Walk, Holy Mass, Adoration, Benediction, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, and Praise & Worship. Scheduled speakers include Dr. Mark Miravalle, author, Professor of Mariology, Franciscan University of Steubenville; Christine Watkins, author and speaker; and Johnnette Benkovic, EWTN host, author and speaker.

Site: Ave Maria, Florida
Registration: $170 (includes lodging and all meals)


May 15-17, 2020

Conspire 2020
Center for Action and Contemplation

CONSPIRE 2020 will be a capstone experience uniting Richard Rohr’s seven themes of alternative orthodoxy to create a gateway into practical and authentic contemplation—a way of life rooted in radical openness to God’s loving presence. From this vulnerable place, things like adversity, disruption, and suffering become sources of transformation, greater love, and connection. We cannot think ourselves into a new way of living; rather, we must live ourselves into a new way of thinking.

Site: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Registration: In-person attendance is sold out. You can sign-up for the waitlist or register for the webcast


May 17-21, 2020

NCCL 2020 Annual Convocation
National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL)

(Re)discover the spirit of truth. Come to be spiritually, intellectually and pastorally fed!

Site: Dubuque, Iowa
Registration: Contact NCCL for details


May 17-22, 2020

Journey to the Heart: Falling in Love with the Earth
Maryknoll Mission Institute

We cannot save what we do not love. We cannot love what we do not know. How might a deeper understanding and appreciation of this place we call home give us much needed insight into who we are, how we relate to the whole and how we come to know Holy Mystery? Exploring the importance of story we will embark on a journey to discover our origins, experience the grand majesty of our planetary home and embrace our role as members of the Earth community.

Site: Ossining, New York
Registration: $60 deposit, tuition $200, $60 room/board per night


May 24-29, 2020

NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo 2020
NAFSA: Association of International Educators

We look forward to meeting you in St. Louis, Missouri where the conference theme will be "Innovate, Influence, Impact." The program will feature innovations in international education and highlight the role that the field plays in creating welcoming communities, supporting human rights, and advocating for social justice. The conference provides a platform for dialogue and exchange of best practices, with a focus on how international education contributes to and revitalizes local economies.

Site: St. Louis, Missouri
Registration: NAFSA Member $749 by April 17; $899 after / Nonmember $1,049 by April 17; $1,199 after


May 26-29, 2020

Catholic Campus Ministry Association

CALLED 2020 is THE event for campus ministry professionals. Being offered in San Diego, California, CALLED will take you further than ever before as a Catholic campus minister. Whether you are a Director, Chaplain, Associate Director, Missionary or Intern, CALLED 2020 will be an event worth attending.

Site: San Diego, California
Registration: CCMA Member $625 / Nonmember $650


May 28-31, 2020

College Theology Society 66th Annual Convention
College Theology Society

The theme of the 2020 convention is "Human Families: Identities, Relationships, and Responsibilities." Whether considering human persons in terms of dignity and solidarity, needs and capabilities, or as created and redeemed, anthropological frameworks play a vital role across theological fields. As such, this theme invites scholars from across fields to turn attention to the depth, breadth, and diversity of human families in all their various forms and possible interpretations.

Site: Spring Hill College Campus, Mobile, Alabama
Registration: CTS Member $120 / Nonmember $200


May 31 – June 5, 2020

Where to From Here?: Radical Changes in Thought and Practice
Maryknoll Mission Institute

In the 21st century we are confronted with the biggest shift in human history in notions of “God”. Notions developed in a pre-scientific worldview are inadequate to sustain religious faith today. Our challenge is to engage the shift and to articulate reasonable belief about revelation, Jesus, prayer, ritual and what it means to be human and religious.

Site: Ossining, New York
Registration: $60 deposit, tuition $200, $60 room/board per night


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June 1-3, 2020

Summer Institute for Catholic Educational Leadership
Archdiocese of New Orleans Offices of Catholic Schools and Religious Education and the Loyola Institute for Ministry

This year's Summer Institute will take place on the campus of Loyola University New Orleans from Monday, June 1st through Wednesday, June 3rd. Check back for updates on this year's theme and featured presenters.

Site: New Orleans, Louisiana
Registration: $150


June 1-4, 2020

Pastores Dabo Vobis Workshop
(Workshop for Seminary Formators)
Society of St. Sulpice

The Pastores Dabo Vobis workshop is a four-day gathering of seminary formators and their partners in formation ministry. The workshop provides an opportunity for thoughtful conversation among peers about the challenges and opportunities they encounter in preparing candidates for priesthood. Developed to complement the highly successful Institute for Seminary Formators offered by the Society of St. Sulpice, Province of the United States, every other June, the PDV workshops invite reflection and conversation around spirituality, collaboration, and specific dimensions of formation work. The PDV workshop is likewise underwritten by the U.S. Sulpicians. Participants pay only for the cost of room and board.

Site: San Antonio, Texas
Registration: $250 (includes lodging, meals, printed materials and program costs)


June 4-6, 2020

NALM 2020 Annual Conference
National Association for Lay Ministry

We are convinced that sustaining healthy ministerial workplaces, built on covenant relationships and a commitment to justice, equips parishes for communio and mission. Healthy workplaces result when pastoral leadership teams actively cultivate trust, community, fairness, financial well-being, shared values, manageable workload, appreciation and vocational commitment. Still inspired by the USCCB pastoral letter, Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord (2005), we invite you on this journey to help foster healthy workplaces for all who minister in the name of Christ.

Site: Collegeville, Minnesota
Registration: Member $350 / Nonmembers $425


June 4-10, 2020

Cecilia Meighan, RSM Institute of Law and Religious Life
Misericordia University

Under the theme, The Religious Institute: Choice to be Part of the Church’s Public Life, Year III of the Institute’s three-year cycle addresses in-depth the relationships with local Church and Rome, authority in the Church, including the role of the major superior, associates of religious institutes, and other ongoing issues. The Institute offers professional development to those elected or appointed to positions of leadership in Roman Catholic religious congregations. Over the course of the Institute, attendees can seek input and advice not only from the faculty, but also from their more experienced peers. Interaction among attendees and faculty is encouraged.

Site: Dallas, Pennsylvania
Registration: $935


June 5-6, 2020

Faith and the Arts: A Creative Exploration
Christ the King Priory

Saint Augustine asks, "What do we love, if it be not beauty?" What, indeed? There are many paths to beauty and many different ways in which beauty intersects with human living. The fine arts (music, dance, architecture, the visual arts, literature, poetry, and film), in conjunction with human creativity itself, provide approaches to beauty and to a deepened spirituality that are invaluable in our contemporary world. Through worship, talks, sharing and practical explorations we will get in touch with the way the arts and creativity intersect with the life of the individual and the wider church.

Site: Schuyler, Nebraska
Registration: $149.55


June 5-7, 2020

Power and Purpose Conference
Steubenville Conferences

As children of God, we are called to live in the peace, joy, and love of the Holy Trinity. Yet many of us struggle to feel God’s presence in our lives. We remain stuck in old patterns of behavior or ways of thinking that leave us feeling lonely, anxious and even hopeless. The good news is that we can be free! The Holy Spirit can lift us out of despair and give us a renewed sense of purpose. The Power and Purpose Conference will introduce you to and draw you deeper into relationship with the Holy Spirit and empower you to live in freedom and joy.

Site: Steubenville, Ohio
Registration: $176 / Clergy and Religious $97


June 7-10, 2020

Catholic Youth Ministry Convention
Life Teen, Inc.

Our mission at this event is simple: equip adults to lead teens closer to Christ. Whether you are new to ministry or looking for the best practices to continue your ministry, you’ll find this event has something for you. You can count on incredible keynotes from the best and brightest Catholic speakers and artists, breakout sessions designed to be practical and relevant to your ministry, and a foundation in the sacraments to renew your ministry through your relationship with God. Whether you are a priest, youth minister, DRE, core member, campus minister, or an interested parent, we are ready to serve and train you.

Site: Scottsdale, Arizona
Registration: $575 by April 15; $595 after


June 7-12, 2020

Loving Water Across Religions
Maryknoll Mission Institute

Given the urgency of the global water crisis, it is imperative that we reinvent our relationship with water. During this program, we will explore an integral water ethic that recognizes water as an intrinsically valuable and vital member of the Earth community, not a mere passive object to be exploited for human purposes. We will consider sacramental consciousness of baptism in Christianity; loving service of the Yamuna River in Hinduism and the compassionate wisdom of the bodhisattva in Buddhism. We will also engage in a variety of contemplative practices for developing love and compassion for water so that we can deepen our relationship with this precious and threatened source of life.

Site: Ossining, New York
Registration: $60 deposit, tuition $200, $60 room/board per night


June 8-12, 2020

Week One: Summer @ CTU Sowing the Seeds of Ministerial Excellence
Catholic Theological Union

Summers at CTU Sowing the Seeds of Ministerial Excellence, offer you the opportunity to step back in order to step up your response to God’s call in your life. We invite you to take courses or workshops for credit or audit from CTU’s renowned faculty, visiting professors and facilitators. Attend daily mass, participate in formation activities or spend time reflecting in our meditation chapel. Our panel discussions and public lectures will address current issues in theology and ministry and plant the seeds of renewal. Enjoy walks or bike rides by Lake Michigan, take in the restaurants and social life of Hyde Park, or sit in the atrium and experience the wisdom of others while you share your own.

Site: CTU campus, Chicago, Illinois
Registration (Audit): $300 per course
Registration (Academic): $1,410 per 1.5 credit hours
Additional Fees: $50 non-refundable registration fee; $550 room, board and parking per week (optional)

Week One: June 8-12, 2020
Week Two: June 15-19, 2020
Week Three: June 22-26, 2020


June 9-11, 2020

Reverend Joseph A. Fitzmyer, SJ Institute on Sacred Scripture
Georgetown University

Biblical topics from both the Old and New Testaments will be the subject of presentations by a distinguished faculty of biblical scholars. Lectures and discussions will enable the participants to increase their understanding of the Bible and its continued relevance to modern life. Four major presentations are scheduled for each day, with opportunity for questions and discussion following each lecture. In addition, all faculty will participate in a panel discussion that will close the afternoon sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Site: Washington, D.C.
Registration: $350


June 9-12, 2020

8th Annual Sacred Liturgy Conference
Sacred Liturgy Conference

We are very blessed that His Eminence Gerhard Cardinal Müller has agreed to be part of this year’s conference faculty! He will be our keynote speaker and will also celebrate a Pontifical Mass of Corpus Christi at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, followed by a Eucharistic Procession and Benediction. The registration fee will cover fifteen conference lectures, four chant or EF mass workshops, reserved seating at the liturgies, an opening reception, three lunches, coffee breaks and a concluding banquet dinner.

Site: Gonzaga University campus, Spokane, Washington
Registration: $275


June 11-14, 2020

CTSA 75th Annual Convention
Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA)

At the 75th Annual Convention of the Catholic Theological Society of America we will bring theological perspectives to bear on the seminal topics of work and economy, considering their significance and the multifaceted challenges they pose within the purview of Catholic--in conversation with other Christian and religious communities’--visions of God and the divine economy, of humanity, and of the world. To this end, papers and sessions are invited to creatively engage the conference theme through diverse theological, ethical, historical, practical, and— very importantly--interdisciplinary methods and vantage points. Our 2020 annual meeting will be the CTSA’s seventy-fifth. In light of this anniversary, we also welcome sessions that consider our work as theologians and the work of our Society in the face of the complicated dynamics and pressing needs of our contemporary educational, ecclesial, and societal contexts.

Site: Baltimore, Maryland
Registration: Open to members only


June 12-14, 2020

Sister Water and the Sultan
Galilee Centre

St. Francis speaks to us about the power of love, including loving engagement with the beautiful world around us. He is a guide on the art of loving our enemy, a vital lesson for our times. Spend an amazing two days with an advocate, activist and leading authority who has put the lessons of St. Francis into action in our times.

Site: Galilee Centre, Arnprior, ON, Canada
Registration: $330


June 12-18, 2020

Elder Religious & Diocesan Priests Workshop
Misericordia University

Welcome to the 43rd Annual Elder Religious and Diocesan Priests 2020 Workshop that specializes in providing practical applications and solutions and a strong support-networking system across the spiritual, psychological, medical, pastoral, and practical aspects of caring and ministering to the elders in our religious congregations and dioceses.

Site: Dallas, Pennsylvania
Registration: $930


June 13, 2020

Ministry Enrichment Gathering
Liturgical Training Publications / Diocese of Manchester

All liturgical ministers need a deep understanding of the Mass to help lead the parish community to recognize the Eucharist as the source of nourishment for their lives as Christians. The Ministry Enrichment Gathering™ offers participants the opportunity to reflect on the power of the liturgy for themselves and those they serve. The Mass is not simply an event or an occasion in which a Catholic Christian visits the parish church; it is a celebration of their communal role in the missionary aspect of the Church. The Ministry Enrichment Gathering™ will help participants identify "the activity of the Church" and then examine their role in it, both at liturgy and in the world.

Site: The Grappone Conference Center, Concord, New Hampshire
Registration: $30


June 14-19, 2020

40th Anniversary of Martyrdom of Church Women in El Salvador
Maryknoll Mission Institute

December 2nd, 1980 is a date that many of us remember. Turning on the radio that morning the shocking news of the murder of Four Catholic Missioners in El Salvador came blaring out at us. Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of their deaths during this program gives us all a chance to reflect on our own mission calling. How do the lives of these brave women speak to us today? Are we truly listening to what the spirit is asking of us in the face of all the injustice & violence we “see” each day? During this week as we reflect on the realities behind all these injustices & violence, we will walk with Sr. Ita, Sr. Maura, Sr. Dorothy and Jean as guides in our struggle to respond to today’s witnessing to the Gospel Message of love and peace.

Site: Ossining, New York
Registration: $60 deposit, tuition $200, $60 room/board per night


June 15-19, 2020

Week Two: Summer @ CTU Sowing the Seeds of Ministerial Excellence
Catholic Theological Union

Summers at CTU Sowing the Seeds of Ministerial Excellence, offer you the opportunity to step back in order to step up your response to God’s call in your life. We invite you to take courses or workshops for credit or audit from CTU’s renowned faculty, visiting professors and facilitators. Attend daily mass, participate in formation activities or spend time reflecting in our meditation chapel. Our panel discussions and public lectures will address current issues in theology and ministry and plant the seeds of renewal. Enjoy walks or bike rides by Lake Michigan, take in the restaurants and social life of Hyde Park, or sit in the atrium and experience the wisdom of others while you share your own.

Site: CTU campus, Chicago, Illinois
Registration (Audit): $300 per course
Registration (Academic): $1,410 per 1.5 credit hours
Additional Fees: $50 non-refundable registration fee; $550 room, board and parking per week (optional)

Week One: June 8-12, 2020
Week Two: June 15-19, 2020
Week Three: June 22-26, 2020


June 16-20, 2020

Archbishop Lyke Conference
Xavier University of Louisiana

This year's theme is "Listen to the Lambs: Black Confirmation—Rejoicing in the Gifts of the Young." The Rivers Music Institute, an integral part of the Conference, will take place on June 16. It is followed the next day with the Archbishop Lyke Conference Opening Event and three days of conference sessions. The closing mass and commissioning will take place on June 20. Speakers include: Rev. Joseph A. Brown, Bishop Fernand Cheri, Richard Cheri, M. Roger Holland, II and Timothy Jones, Jr.

Site: New Orleans, Louisiana
Registration: $250


June 19-21, 2020

ASM 2020 Annual Meeting
Hybridity in Mission: Mixed and Multiple Identities in the Missio Dei
American Society of Missiology

Hybridity results in various expressions of friction and fusion, of differentiation and combination of contrasting elements in the total mission endeavor. In addition, this condition of hybridity is often characterized by its own unique forms of vulnerability and pain, of joy and beauty. The 2020 annual meeting of the American Society of Missiology will explore various ways in which hybridity marks and permeates Christian mission, and how it shapes and influences the total mission endeavor. It shall pay careful attention to new avenues of mission that are opened up through hybridity broadly conceived, how other avenues are closed off, and how multiple and complex identities entail distinct experiences of suffering and satisfaction.

Site: St. Mary's College, South Bend, Indiana
Registration: $150 by May 11; $175 after


June 21-26, 2020

Summer Scripture Conference 2020
University of Saint Mary of the Lake

For this year’s topic, the presenters will be addressing how the Biblical settings, ancient culture, letters and methods are used to interpret Holy Scripture. The Conference has always mirrored Genesis in that a speaker begins in the evening, then finishes their lectures in the morning. Later in the evening is considered a favorite aspect of the Conference with Evening Prayer followed by the Social where Scripture scholars and attendees mix and mingle to discuss and share all things Scripture and the faith.

Site: Mundelein, Illinois
Registration: $825 (includes overnight accommodations)


June 21-26, 2020

Creating A Religious Life for the 21st Century
Maryknoll Mission Institute

This program will examine the process of renewal among religious communities that has been underway since the time of Vatican II. The last fifty years of change, the present state of consecrated life, and where it might be going will be discussed. Issues such as community life, inter-generational and intercultural challenges, and the process of human and spiritual growth over the course of life will be explored. Through a series of presentations, personal reflection time and small and large group interaction, participants will be invited to make personal application of the materials explored.

Site: Ossining, New York
Registration: $60 deposit, tuition $200, $60 room/board per night


June 22-25, 2020

Liturgy Week: The Liturgical Orientation of Catholic Education
University of Notre Dame's McGrath Institute for Church Life

Liturgy Week is a 4-day conference providing continuing education for Catholic leaders in the area of liturgical and sacramental formation. The conference includes keynote addresses by bishops, academics, and theologians, as well as nationally-renowned experts in liturgical and sacramental education.

Site: Notre Dame, Indiana
Registration: $275


June 22-25, 2020

AUSCP Ninth Annual Assembly: Our Catholic Faith in the Political World
Association of U.S. Catholic Priests

Keynote speakers are John Carr, director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University; Sister Carol Keehan, retired president and chief executive officer of the Catholic Health Association of the United States; and Archbishop John Wester, Archbishop of Santa Fe and member of the Vatican Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People.

Site: Baltimore, Maryland
Registration: $495


June 22-26, 2020

Week Three: Summer @ CTU Sowing the Seeds of Ministerial Excellence
Catholic Theological Union

Summers at CTU Sowing the Seeds of Ministerial Excellence, offer you the opportunity to step back in order to step up your response to God’s call in your life. We invite you to take courses or workshops for credit or audit from CTU’s renowned faculty, visiting professors and facilitators. Attend daily mass, participate in formation activities or spend time reflecting in our meditation chapel. Our panel discussions and public lectures will address current issues in theology and ministry and plant the seeds of renewal. Enjoy walks or bike rides by Lake Michigan, take in the restaurants and social life of Hyde Park, or sit in the atrium and experience the wisdom of others while you share your own.

Site: CTU campus, Chicago, Illinois
Registration (Audit): $300 per course
Registration (Academic): $1,410 per 1.5 credit hours
Additional Fees: $50 non-refundable registration fee; $550 room, board and parking per week (optional)

Week One: June 8-12, 2020
Week Two: June 15-19, 2020
Week Three: June 22-26, 2020


June 24-25, 2020

Washington Island Forum
Wisconsin Council of Churches

This year's theme is "Native: Identity, Belonging and Rediscovering God." The Wisconsin Council of Churches is excited to announce that Native American Christian author and speaker, Kaitlin B. Curtice will be the speaker for the 2020 Washington Island Forum. As an enrolled member of the Potawatomi Nation and someone who has grown up in the Christian faith, Kaitlin writes on the intersection of Indigenous spirituality, faith in everyday life, and the church. The week begins on Monday afternoon with check-in, welcome and opening picnic at Trinity Lutheran Church. Daily sessions are grounded in morning prayer, then attend presentations by our speaker at the Trueblood Performing Arts Center. In the afternoon, choose optional discussions or enjoy island recreation. The final day of the Forum begins with a Eucharist, and the closing presentation concludes by noon.

Site: Washington Island, Wisconsin
Registration: $299


June 24-28, 2020

10th Annual Philosophy Workshop
Catholic and Dominican Institute at Mount Saint Mary College; the Thomistic Institute at Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC; and the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture in Indiana

This year's Workshop will focus on "Aquinas on Knowledge, Truth, and Wisdom." Presenters include: Fr. James Brent, OP, Dominican House of Studies; Fr. Michael Gorman, Catholic University of America; Dr. Edward Feser, Pasadena City College; Dr. Therese Cory, University of Notre Dame; Dr. Gregory Doolan, Catholic University of America; Dr. Robert Koons, University of Texas – Austin; Dr. John O'Callaghan, University of Notre Dame; and Fr. Dominic Legge, OP, Thomistic Institute.

Site: Mount Saint Mary College campus, Newburgh, New York
Registration: $400 (includes workshop materials, campus lodging, meals)


June 29 – July 2, 2020

Teaching Life and Human Dignity Symposium
McGrath Institute for Church Life, University of Notre Dame

The Teaching Life and Human Dignity Symposium is a four-day gathering of leaders in Catholic education and life and dignity ministry to engage in intensive intellectual formation that promotes more effective teaching of life and human dignity issues. Our goal is simple: to support Catholic leaders in their mission to educate the minds and hearts of young adults to resist the throwaway culture and to recognize the inviolable dignity of every human being. Over the course of the symposium, participants will have opportunities to immerse themselves in the Catholic intellectual tradition, engage in conversation with their peers and enjoy the rich spiritual life of the Church.

Site: Notre Dame, Indiana
Registration: Details coming soon


June 29 – July 2, 2020

Catholic Media Conference
The Catholic Press Association

In Portland, attendees from around the world gather with others who dare to step out with courage, professional excellence, and a firm resolve to live as missionary disciples called to boldly proclaim the Gospel in the unique way we do as Catholic media professionals. These voices are making a difference and positive impact on our culture; these individuals are taking risks necessary to improve how we communicate and conduct ourselves as communication professionals. The world is moving at an ever-quickening pace. As people of faith and integrity, Catholic journalists, creatives, and communication professionals are building on our strong foundation and reaching out in new ways and with new ardor. Join us as we seek a new and renewed vision for 2020 and beyond!

Site: Portland, Oregon
Registration: Member $430 by June 5; $480 after / Nonmember $530 by June 5; $580 after


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July 2-3, 2020

National Gathering on Christian Initiation
Liturgy Training Publications

Join us for the 2020 National Gathering on Christian Initiation™ on July 2–3 at the Loyola University Chicago Lakeshore Campus, located in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago. A conference for parish leaders, initiation ministers, and regional or diocesan trainers, the National Gathering on Christian Initiation™ explores the theoretical and practical aspects of initiation ministry. Through interactive sessions, meetings, and prayer opportunities, participants will understand more deeply that the vision of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the vision of the parish as a community of disciples.

Site: Chicago, Illinois
Registration: $250
Group rates are available (see site)


July 5-10, 2020

New Listing
Summer Institute 2020
San Alfonso Clergy Institute for Priests and Deacons

Workshops include: Preaching in the Power of the Spirit, Pope Francis and the Missionary Transformation of the Church, and Being Claimed by the Eucharist We Celebrate. The week starts on Sunday at 4:00PM and ends Friday after lunch. Accommodations including linens an all meals are provided. There are multiple conferences from each speaker, daily liturgy, and free time for personal reflection, prayer and relaxation.

Site: Long Branch, New Jersey
Registration: $695 (as stipend)


July 7-10, 2020

43rd Annual Convention National Association of Pastoral Musicians
National Association of Pastoral Musicians

The National Association of Pastoral Musicians fosters the art of musical liturgy. The members of NPM serve the Catholic Church in the United States as musicians, clergy, liturgists, and other leaders of prayer. This year's conference theme is "Called from Living Waters.

Site: Louisville, Kentucky
Registration: NPM member $330 by June 5; $376 after / Nonmember $446 by June 5; $490 after


July 8-12, 2020

Orientation Program for New Vocation Directors (NRVC Summer Institute Workshop)
National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC)

This workshop is intended for new and recently appointed vocation directors. Its goal is to provide participants with the skills, context, theory, challenges and practicalities of contemporary vocation ministry. Topics will include foundational elements of vocation ministry; assessment of inquirers and discerners; application and admission process; vocation promotion, ethics and boundaries, resiliency and self-care of the vocation director.

Site: Chicago, Illinois
Registration: NRVC member $1,477 / Nonmember $1,870


July 8-23, 2020

2020 NRVC Summer Institute
National Religious Vocation Conference

Our annual Summer Institute will offer five workshops at Catholic Theological Union (CTU) in Chicago, July 8-23, 2020. Choose to attend one or several workshops. All workshops begin at 8:15 a.m. with communal prayer. Mass is celebrated at 11:15 a.m. with lunch from noon – 1:30 p.m. Be sure to check the end times for each workshop as they are varied. Parking and lunch are included in your workshop registration for both residents and commuters. This year we are offering two workshops simultaneously on July 16-18 to provide a membership density experience. You will have the opportunity to network with more people at breaks and lunch to magnify your experience for a greater impact in your ministry.

Site: Chicago, Illinois
Registration: See site for workshop fees


July 9-12, 2020

Wild Goose Festival 2020
The Wild Goose Community

The 10th annual Wild Goose Festival officially kicks off at 5:00 PM Thursday, July 9. The weekend will be packed with over 300 sessions, music, art, interactive experiences and much more. The Festival is the place where all kinds of people come together, not only to hear great music and incredible speakers, but also to dive into lively conversations with thought leaders, writers, dreamers, artists, visionaries, social justice activists, peace-makers…the ones you’ll find on the official program, and the ones you might meet while just getting lunch or hanging out by the river. It’s also a place where you can be a spectator, but where you can be a co-creator as well. A place where we affirm the creativity in all of us, and opportunities to make art and music, to tell stories and take in stories, can be found around every corner.

Site: Hot Springs, NC
Registration: $309


July 10-12, 2020

Chosen, Blessed, Broken, and Given: Henri Nouwen on Our Life as the Beloved
Christ the King Priory

With Nouwen as our inspiration, we will explore together the profound dynamics of our spiritual life as God’s beloved---chosen and blessed before the foundation of the world while at the same present time representing a life that is broken and given as bread for others. Through a combination of guided teaching, personal reflection and communal interaction, we hope to imbibe in us what it truly means to be, to become, and to live our life as the Beloved amidst our increasingly challenging world.

Site: Schuyler, Nebraska
Registration: $216.56 (includes program fee, mean and taxes)


July 11-14, 2020

17th Annual Education Law Symposium
National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) and Loyola Marymount University's Center for Catholic Education

This nationally recognized symposium offers dynamic presentations on the law as it applies to Catholic education and ministry. This is geared toward all levels of Catholic school administration: from diocesan superintendents to emerging leaders at the school site. This year, a full complement of experts in the field will present on a variety of topics, including social media, cybersecurity, immigration law, canon law as it impacts education ministries, crisis management, accommodating students with disabilities, personnel legal issues, and relevant updates on school law. The symposium's speakers represent an outstanding group of school law experts with a wide variety of knowledge and experience.

Site: Louisville, Kentucky
Registration: $595 by June 14; $650 after


July 12-17, 2020

Call to Personal and Global Transformation
Maryknoll Mission Institute

In the midst of our violent and hurting world we will explore how God, as Lover and Healer ever invites us to believe in new possibilities and our own potential to make a difference. Through storytelling, Scripture and contemporary experience, we will be stretched and challenged to believe in our own call to become mystics, saints and prophets. We will be inspired by the lives of some of the mystics who have gone before us and continue to stand as powerful role models for us today. During this program we will laugh, cry and celebrate as we recognize more deeply the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. We will also come to know, and to rejoice in the awareness that God will also enjoy this time with us!

Site: Ossining, New York
Registration: $60 deposit, tuition $200, $60 room/board per night


July 13-14, 2020

Ethical Issues for Vocation and Formation Directors (NRVC Summer Institute Workshop)
National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC)

This workshop will explore ethical principles governing confidentiality, agency and obligations related to positions of trust. The workshop will also address issues related to dissemination of information, the timeliness of admissions or dismissal decisions, and other issues related to ethical rights of candidates as well as ethical rights of those in positions of authority. This workshop is essential for all those who make decisions concerning the admission of candidates.

Site: Chicago, Illinois
Registration: NRVC member $695
Nonmember $865


July 13-16, 2020

St. John Bosco Conference
Steubenville Conferences

Good catechists never stop learning and growing but finding a way to both sharpen the mind and renew the heart can be difficult, especially with all the demands on your time. This is why the St. John Bosco Conference provides not only instruction and inspiration from nationally recognized leaders in catechetical ministry, but also times of deep and powerful prayer. Join hundreds of other catechists and evangelizers this summer to gain tools to be a better minister and leave with a new zeal for the ministry to which God has called you.

Site: Steubenville, Ohio
Registration: $310 / Priest Rate: Free (meal and housing charges still apply)


July 15-19, 2020

Annual Tekakwitha Conference
Tekakwitha Conference

The Tekakwitha Conference is a Catholic non-profit organization committed to advocacy and evangelization on behalf of the many communities of indigenous people across North America and for all who desire to walk humbly with God. We invite you to learn more about our organization, named in honor of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha - the first Indigenous woman of North America to be canonized.

Site: Raleigh, North Carolina
Registration: Member $135 / Nonmember $175


July 16-18, 2020

Behavioral Assessment 1 (NRVC Summer Institute Workshop)
National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC)

This workshop presents practical interviewing techniques housed in a theoretical framework of behavioral assessment. While the focus of the workshop is on initial assessment of candidates, the methodology easily applies to assessing candidates in other stages of formation as well. Workshop participants study sample case reports and learn skills for interviewing as well as guidelines for organizing the information into useful reports. Interview topics include: family background, educational and occupational histories, psychosexual histories and intimacy skills, faith history, and other pertinent issues related to comprehensive vocation assessment.

Site: Chicago, Illinois
Registration: NRVC Member $985 / Nonmember $1,240


July 16-18, 2020

Is it Generational, Cultural, Personality of Pathology? (NRVC Summer Institute Workshop)
National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC)

Inquirers, discerners and candidates come from varied ages, countries, cultures, and families. How can we distinguish and understand patterns of behavior to assess skills for ministerial readiness and community living? This workshop will bring together three skillful presenters to share their professional insights and ministerial experiences to unpack the question, “Is it generational, cultural, personality or pathology?” The more aware we are of the ways in which multiple and intersecting aspects of one’s cultural identity impact personality development and behavior, the more effective we can be in our understanding, screening and formation of candidates for religious life.

Site: Chicago, Illinois
Registration: NRVC Member $985 / Nonmember $1,240


July 18, 2020

Creativity and Divine Surprise
Christ the King Priory

This day is meant to guide us in inviting God into our creativity and spirituality. We will combine very simple art materials with some contemplative Celtic spirituality practices. We will prayerfully explore with our senses and respond with visual creativity. No art experience is necessary; the emphasis is on the process rather than the product. Wear good walking shoes, bring your journal and a simple digital camera or phone with camera if you have one; we may spend time outdoors, weather permitting.

Site: Schuyler, Nebraska
Registration: $46.02


July 19-24, 2020

Women at Well: Agents of Change, Shapers of the World
Maryknoll Mission Institute

Rooted in the prophetic encounter between Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well, we will examine ways in which women continue to use the wisdom of their lived experience to tell their stories about the in-breaking of the Kin-dom of God. We will read excerpts of first-person accounts of feminist visions of a more just world, look at contemporary feminist theories and practices of justice and examine women’s contributions to movements of social change.

Site: Ossining, New York
Registration: $60 deposit, tuition $200, $60 room/board per night


July 19-24, 2020

RSM Institute on Sacred Scripture
Misericordia University

The Joy of Scripture! A week of inspiring and thought-provoking scripture study at a location of quiet beauty and seclusion for meditation and respite, with many recreational activities on campus or nearby. The Dr. Marie Noel Keller, RSM Institute on Sacred Scripture relates to those of all educational backgrounds with the simplicity and elegance of the Scriptures themselves.

Site: Dallas, Pennsylvania
Registration: $770


July 20-23, 2020

Understanding, Assessing, and Fostering Psycho-Sexual Integration (NRVC Summer Institute Workshop)
National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC)

Vocation ministers need to understand psychological well-being and psychosexual development so that they may adequately assess a candidate’s ability to lead a passionate, healthy and integrated life. In this workshop we will explore: well-being, an integrated understanding of sexuality, the centrality of relationships and intimacy, the necessity of personal boundaries, the impact of one’s past, especially physical, emotional and sexual abuse on one’s ability to relate, emotional awareness and integration, living a healthy sexual and celibate life as well as the impact of social media on personal development.

Site: Chicago, Illinois
Registration: NRVC Member $1,072 / Nonmember $1,378


July 21-23, 2020

Ninth Annual Conference for Priests: The Future of Marriage
Thomistic Institute

With many changes to the institution of marriage in the last few decades, the task of preparing couples for happy lives together has become increasingly difficult. It remains of the utmost importance for priests to evangelize, to catechize, and to equip the next generation for the task at hand, but with an eye to the particular challenges presented by the culture-at-large. In this conference, we’ll consider the future of marriage from theological, scientific, and pastoral perspectives, specifically with an eye towards laying the groundwork for holy families.

Site: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Registration: $250


July 21-26, 2020

One Call Institute 2020 (Advocate Track)
National Association of Pastoral Musicians

At its core, One Call exists to engage, empower, and support young people in their growth and development as pastoral musicians. To accomplish this critical work, our summer institute employs an exceptional team of educators, musicians, and ministers to work with youth participants. However, we recognize that the adults who have the greatest opportunity to impact the lives of young people are those who work in parish and campus ministry. Participants in the Advocate Track experience a curriculum designed to equip adults engaged in parish and campus ministry to better reach out, serve, and mentor young pastoral musicians. By working with master practitioners, participants study both the theoretical frameworks and practical strategies necessary to be effective in promoting the inclusion and empowerment of youth.

Site: Collegeville, Minnesota
Registration: $850r


July 22-24, 2020

Applied Biblical Studies Conference
Steubenville Conferences

Scripture deepens our faith and strengthens our hearts but reading the Bible in a way that fosters transformation can be difficult, since comprehending it can be challenging and frustrating. This is why at the Applied Biblical Studies Conference, you receive teaching and instruction from a team of world-renowned Scripture scholars and authors who make understanding Scripture easier for both those new to the Bible and those who have been studying it for years. This training, coupled with powerful prayer, will not only enlighten your mind but renew your heart. The Applied Biblical Studies Conference will make the Bible come alive for you and help you integrate it more completely into your life.

Site: Steubenville, Ohio
Registration: $176
Priests willing to hear confessions will receive free registration (meal and housing charges still apply)


July 22-25, 2020

ACCCRUS 21st Convention
African Conference of Catholic Clergy and Religious in the United States

Site: Des Moines, Iowa
Registration: Coming soon


July 23-26, 2020

Social Action Summer Institute (SASI)
Roundtable Association of Catholic Diocesan Social Action Directors

Mercy and Mental Health: Strengthening Our Response will be the theme for the 2020 Social Action Summer Institute (SASI) taking place at the Aquinas Center of the Candler School of Theology of Emory University from July 23 - 26, 2020. This year's programming will take a look at mental health issues through the lens of mercy and justice.

Site: Atlanta, Georgia
Registration: Coming soon


July 23-26, 2020

2020 Theological Institute: 2020 Vision – The Experience of Interculturality
Manna House of Prayer

Our 2020 Vision will be an exploration of the present in light of and in hope for our future as Christians with a mission in and for the world. It will encompass the themes of these recent works by Gittins who is a skilled missionary, workshop and retreat leader, professor and, above all, a passionate Christian for our world. Come and sharpen your heart and your vision in the company of this missionary whose life speaks for itself as totally given for the good of our world.

Site: Concordia, Kansas
Registration: $325


July 24-26, 2020

Defending the Faith Conference
Steubenville Conferences

When our hearts desire to share the faith but we struggle to find the words, we can easily become timid, fearful, and frustrated; but God wants to give us bold and confident hearts that are moved by love to go forth with joy and share Jesus and the truth of the Church. The Defending the Faith Conference has sent forth tens of thousands of Catholics who have gone back to their families, parishes, and places of work with great zeal and love to share the truth and spread Christ’s love. Come and be empowered and equipped to fulfill your desires to lead others in faith.

Site: Steubenville, Ohio
Registration: $176
Priests willing to hear confessions will receive free registration (meal and housing charges still apply)


July 26-31, 2020

Finding a Way in the Wilderness: Drawing Courage through the Art of Film
Maryknoll Mission Institute

In his article Desert Attentiveness, Desert Indifference: Countercultural Spirituality in the Desert Fathers and Mothers, Belden C. Lane writes: “On the far side of emptiness, where brokenness and disorientation overtake us, where death awaits us, we learn to care – and not to care.” Disruptions in our lives remind us we are not in control of what happens to us. With time and accommodation, we come to realize that our response to life’s disruptions constitutes the fiber – the character and integrity - of our lives. Film artists remind us of these truths and invite us into the spiritual discipline of “wakefulness.” Do we want to be roused?

Site: Ossining, New York
Registration: $60 deposit, tuition $200, $60 room/board per night


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August 1-4, 2020

83rd International Meeting of The Catholic Biblical Association
The Catholic Biblical Association

The annual meeting offers the following venues for participation...Research reports: an excellent opportunity for individuals to present, and have critiqued, work recently published or still in progress; Continuing Seminars: A Continuing Seminar is so called because it ‘continues’ to convene on each day of the meeting; and Task Forces: group of core members who are committed to meeting for at least five years in order to pursue a common long-term goal that may or may not include a publication. The Task Force leader(s) may circulate papers or other materials before the meeting.

Site: Washington, DC
Registration: $189 (estimate)


August 6-9, 2020

Christian Faith and Spirituality in an Evolving Universe
Galilee Centre

Scientific thought provides fresh openings to mysterious sacred depths of reality. Where do we encounter God in today’s world of quirks and quarks, chaos and creativity? How shall we pray? Alone or with others? Sister Donna Geernaert, SC will be facilitating the program.

Site: Site: Galilee Centre, Arnprior, ON, Canada
Registration: $330


August 10-13, 2020

Encore Priests
Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

A workshop designed for priests in their 60s or approaching retirement, Encore Priests prepares priests for this transition. Of course, priests never fully retire. By the nature of the sacrament of Holy Orders, priests always have some form of priestly ministry. But how can a mature priest transition into a retirement that is meaningful and vital? If you're a priest nearing retirement age, this workshop is designed to help you. This workshop is also being offered on November 30-December 3, 2020.

Site: St. Meinrad, Indiana
Registration: $750


August 28-30, 2020

Praying with the Gospel of Matthew – Hope in Daily Life as a Disciple
Christ the King Priory

Learn about the Gospel of St. Matthew and pray with it. Enter more deeply into Jesus’ teaching about the mystery of the Kingdom of God. We will explore the Gospel used for the current Liturgical Year (A) and reflect on writings from the saints to deepen our hope coming from the Gospel of Jesus Christ! The weekend includes personal and community prayer, opportunity for individual spiritual direction and the sacrament of reconciliation, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and Mass both Saturday and Sunday.

Site: Schuyler, Nebraska
Registration: $216.56 (includes program fee, meal and taxes)


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September 14-18, 2020

New Listing
The Newly Appointed Pastor
Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

This four-day workshop addresses the duties of pastors: teaching, sanctifying and governing. Effective pastoring requires skills in leading and managing, planning and communicating, organizing and stewarding. Understanding and implementing the practices necessary for working well with fellow clergy, staff and volunteers, both within his own parish and larger circles of the Church, are key to pastoring successfully. Same workshop will also be presented on November 9-13, 2020.

Site: St. Meinrad, Indiana
Registration: $800


September 24-26, 2020

New Listing
2020 Conference "That They May Be One: Liturgical Reconciliation"
Society for Catholic Liturgy

The Society for Catholic Liturgy is a multidisciplinary association of Catholic scholars, teachers, pastors, and professionals – including architects and musicians – in the Anglophone world. Founded in 1995, the non-profit Society is committed to promoting scholarly study and practical renewal of the Church’s liturgy. This year's keynote speakers are Bishop Stephen J. Lopes, Bishop of the Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter and Dr. Stephen Bullivant, Director of the Benedict XVI Centre for Religion and Sociology and Professor of Theology and Sociology of Religion at St. Mary's University (Twickenham and London).

Site: University of Notre Dame campus, Notre Dame, Indiana
Registration: Coming soon


September 24-27, 2020

New Listing
2020 Catholic Answers 7th Annual Conference
Catholic Answers

Theme: Who Do You Say That I Am? Getting the answer right to the most important question ever asked leads to a fulfilled life, rich in hope, joy, and meaning. It also leads to the “narrow gate,” which the Author of the question tells us few will find. Getting the answer wrong, or settling for a superficial answer, as some Catholics do, leads to a life where our passions control our choices, and to the “wide gate,” which that Author says many will enter. If you want to know better the person of Jesus Christ, His divinity and humanity, His teachings and virtues, His ministry and His Passion, and if you want to grasp what all these mean for you, don’t miss this conference!

Site: La Jolla, California
Registration: $235


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Amazing Nearness
Meditations on the Eucharist
Tadeusz Dajczer

Father Tadeusz Dajczer wants you to discover the joy and profound gift that comes when we truly encounter Jesus in the Eucharist.

ISBN: 9781640601772, 112 pages, $16.99 softcover
Paraclete Press


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Anti-Abortionist at Large
How to Argue Intelligently About Abortion and Live to Tell About It
Raymond Dennehy

Dennehy, a professor of Philosophy at the University of San Francisco, has debated pro-abortionists with great success in hostile environments. This is his inspiring personal account of nearly four decades of debating abortion on radio, television, and university campuses.

ISBN: 9781553693802, $19.95 softcover
Ignatius Press


The Auschwitz Journal
A Catholic Story from the Camps
Klara Kardos, translated by Julius D. Lelockzy, O.Cist.

When Nazi Germany occupied Hungary in March 194 violent persecution of the Jews began, including taking hundreds of thousands to concentration camps. It did not help Klara Kardos that she was Catholic: Because of her Jewish background, she was also taken to Auschwitz in June of 1944 at the age of 24. At the camp, younger women were not killed; they were taken to ammunition factories to do forced labor. Klara survived the horror of death camps and was liberated in May 1945. Years after her return to Hungary, at the request of her friends, she wrote down her camp experiences in a small book in the Hungarian language. This is her story.

ISBN: 9781640604889, 144 pages, $16 softcover
Paraclete Press


Beating Guns
Hope for People Who Are Weary of Violence
Shane Claiborne and Michael Martin

With less than 5% of the world's population, the people of the US own nearly half the world's guns. America also has the most annual gun deaths--homicide, suicide, and accidental gun deaths--at 105 per day, or more than 38,000 per year. Some people say it's a heart problem. Others say it's a gun problem. The authors of Beating Guns believe it's both. This book is for people who believe the world doesn't have to be this way. Inspired by the prophetic image of beating swords into plows, Beating Guns provides a provocative look at gun violence in America and offers a clarion call to change our hearts regarding one of the most significant moral issues of our time. Bestselling author, speaker, and activist Shane Claiborne and Michael Martin show why Christians should be concerned about gun violence and how they can be part of the solution. T

ISBN: 9781587434136, 288 pages, $19.99 softcover, Baker Publishing Group


Becoming New
Finding God Within Us and In Creation
Anselm Grün and Leonardo Boff

In Becoming New two leading theological and spiritual writers, one from Germany and the other from Brazil, exchange reflections on the nature and presence of God. While Anselm Grün puts more emphasis on finding God within us, Leonardo Boff focuses more on God’s presence in the unfolding story of the universe. Yet their perspectives converge on the conviction that both dimensions must be brought together and they agree that the essence of God is love. They show that the Divine Mystery is powerful and unfathomable, but wherever love reigns we can experience God with all of our senses. In that spirit, we—as individual human beings and as representatives of the entire cosmos—can become one with God.

ISBN: 978-1-62698-331-1, 168 pages, $20 softcover
Orbis Books


Faith and Evolution
A Grace-Filled Naturalism
Roger Haight, SJ

Faith and Evolution offers a constructive way of understanding basic Christian doctrines, which were formulated in an ancient culture and language, while at the same time acknowledging scientific concepts that shape our current understanding of ourselves. Roger Haight skillfully lays the groundwork for a dialogue between an evolutionary world and core doctrines of Christian faith to overcome the present disconnect between our faith and our intellectual culture.

ISBN: 978-1-62698-341-0, 264 pages, $30 softcover
Orbis Books


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God's Hand on America
Divine Providence in the Modern Era
Michael Medved

The national radio host and bestselling author of The American Miracle reveals the happy accidents, bizarre coincidences, and flat-out miracles that continue to shape America’s destiny. Has God withdrawn his special blessing from the United States? Americans ponder that painful question in troubled times, as we did during the devastation of the Civil War and after the assassinations of the ’60s, and as we do in our present polarization. Yet somehow—on battlefields, across western wilderness, and in raucous convention halls—astounding events have reliably advanced America, restoring faith in the Republic’s providential protection.  In this provocative historical narrative, Michael Medved brings to life ten haunting tales that reveal this purposeful pattern.

ISBN: 978-0451497413, 432 pages, $30 hardcover, Crown Forum


Christ Above All: The Church's Teaching on Same Sex Attraction
David Morrison

The Church calls all people to chastity. This booklet explains the basis and content of what the Church teaches about homosexuality and same-sex attraction. Is same-sex attraction the result of genetic or psychological factors, can it be diminished? These and many other questions are answered in a thorough and sensitive manner.

ISBN: 9781860821998, 48 pages, $9.95 softcover (This package of 5 booklets is available at a 20% discount for parishes, schools, and other church organizations. For more information, please call 1-888-615-3186.)
Ignatius Press


I Was Hungry
Cultivating Common Ground to End an American Crisis
Jeremy K. Everett

Hunger is one of the most significant issues in America. One in eight Americans struggles with hunger, and more than thirteen million children live in food insecure homes. I Was Hungry offers not only an assessment of the current crisis but also a strategy for addressing it. Jeremy Everett, a noted advocate for the hungry and poor, calls Christians to work intentionally across ideological divides to build trust with one another and impoverished communities and effectively end America's hunger crisis. Everett, appointed by US Congress to the National Commission on Hunger, founded and directs the Texas Hunger Initiative, a successful ministry that is helping to eradicate hunger in Texas and around the globe. Everett details the organization's history and tells stories of its work with communities from West Texas to Washington, DC, helping Christians of all political persuasions understand how they can work together to truly make a difference.

ISBN: 9781587434242, 176 pages, $16.99 softcover, Baker Publishing Group


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The Knights of Columbus
An Illustrated History
Andrew T. Walther and Maureen H. Walther

Lavishly illustrated with hundreds of beautiful photos, The Knights of Columbus: An Illustrated History presents the story of this remarkable organization—and the many ways in which it has helped individuals, while also helping shape American and world history at key moments. The Knights’ first retelling of its history in thirty years, and its first ever in this illustrated format, this hardcover book will inspire brother Knights and their families as they learn about the incredible accomplishments of their Order.

ISBN: 9780757003080, 296 pages, $24.99 softcover
Knights of Columbus


Marked for Life
A Prison Chaplain's Story
Nancy Hastings Sehested

“Even in my bleakest of days, I knew God has a particular fondness for showing up among lives in the ruins, for using us flawed and failed human beings for redemptive purposes. So I became a witness. I bore witness to the tragedy of lives stuck in the misery of a punitive system. I also bore witness to the spirit of hope that emerged from impossible circumstances.”—author Nancy Hastings Sehested. This beautifully told narrative of a church pastor who became a state chaplain in high-security prisons for men knits together the stories of inmates with those of her own. Chronicling events during her thirteen-year stint, Nancy Sehested describes how she bore witness to misery and miracles within an oftentimes inhuman system.

ISBN: 978-1-62698-334-2, 184 pages, $22 softcover
Orbis Books


Mother Angelica
Her Grand Silence
Raymond Arroyo

For more than a decade, the beloved, wise cracking nun who founded EWTN, the world’s largest religious media empire, was confined to her cell at Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Hanceville, Alabama. Though Mother Angelica is still seen and heard by millions each week in reruns on seven continents, the private drama within her monastery, her personal supernatural encounters, and the prolonged suffering she endured has remained hidden. Until now. In a moving, dramatic conclusion to his four New York Times bestselling Mother Angelica books, Raymond Arroyo completes the saga of this singular nun with his most intimate book yet. Here are Mother Angelica’s spiritual battles in her cell—including encounters with the devil. Revealed for the first time is the personal request Mother made of God—which sheds light on her long silence. Here are the unrevealed episodes of hilarity and inspiration; from playing possum (to avoid undesirable visitors to her room), to undertaking a secret trip to the far East, to blessing her nuns as they leave her care to create new monasteries, Mother Angelica’s spunky spirit shines through the narrative.

ISBN: 978-0770437268, 240 pages, $14.99 softcover, Image Books


The Problem of Wealth
A Christian Response to a Culture of Affluence
Elizabeth L. Hinson-Hasty

What if we reconsidered our views on poverty and perceived it as a problem with the way we live with wealth? Approaching the issue from a theological rather than a market-driven perspective invites an alternative social logic, informed by a much richer picture of human beings and our limits as we live in symbiotic relationship with the larger delicate web of life. In The Problem of Wealth, Elizabeth L. Hinson-Hasty reframes the current discussion of wealth inequalities, poverty, and the exploitation of our natural environment from a progressive Christian perspective. She underscores the need for social change advocates to emerge out of every context, including the middle class, and presents alternate visions for what it means to live by “an ethic of enough.”

ISBN: 978-1-62698-238-3, 256 pages, $28 softcover
Orbis Books


Sermons on the Christian Year
Volume 2
Isaac of Stella, Translated by Lewis White

Isaac of Stella was an English-born Cistercian who studied in the schools before entering monastic life and becoming abbot of Stella in 1147. His liturgical sermons inject a speculative philosophical inquisitiveness into imaginative meditations on scenes from Scripture. This present volume includes sermons 27-55, along with three fragments. In these sermons, while treating biblical passages corresponding to the major feasts of the Christian calendar, Isaac tackles weighty dogmatic issues such as predestination, the problem of evil, and Christ's two natures.

ISBN: 9780879076665, 288 pages, $34.95 softcover
Liturgical Press


To Light a Fire on the Earth
Proclaiming the Gospel in a Secular Age
Robert Barron and John L. Allen, Jr.

As secularism gains influence, and increasing numbers see religion as dull and backward, Robert Barron wants to illuminate how beautiful, intelligent, and relevant the Catholic faith is. Through Barron’s smart, practical, artistic, and theological observations as well as personal anecdotes—from engaging atheists on YouTube to discussing his days as a young diehard baseball fan from Chicago—To Light a Fire on the Earth covers prodigious ground. Touching on everything from Jesus to prayer, science, movies, atheism, the spiritual life, the fate of Church in modern times, beauty, art, and social media, Barron reveals why the Church matters today and how Catholics can intelligently engage a skeptical world.

ISBN: 9781524759520, 288 pages, $16 softcover, Imprint Books


Why Humanae Vitae Is Still Right
Janet Smith, Editor

After half a century, how has the teaching of Pope Paul VI on marriage and birth control, presented in his encyclical Humanae vitae (On Human Life), held up? Very well, says philosopher Janet Smith and her colleagues in Why Humanae Vitae Is Still Right. A sequel to Smith's classic Why Humanae Vitae Was Right, this new volume shows how the ethical, theological, spiritual, and sociological case for Paul VI's controversial document remains strong—indeed, how it's in some ways even stronger today, following Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body and in light of the problems caused by the sexual revolution.

ISBN: 9781621642664, 380 pages, $19.95 softcover
Ignatius Press


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Work Play Love
How the Mass Changed the Life of the First Christians
Mike Aquilina

“Christians make the Mass, and the Mass makes Christians.” So said the Martyrs of Abitina, North Africa, in A.D. 304. The Mass was the reality most essential to the life of believers, and it deeply affected everything they did. In Work Play Love popular author Mike Aquilina shows how the Eucharist shaped three basic dimensions of life for the early Christians. The story of the Mass is not simply a rehearsal of ancient texts. It’s a drama of personal and societal transformation. This book tells the story as much as possible in the lively words of the early Christians and draws from the most exciting discoveries of recent archaeology. It is a powerful imaginative encounter with the first generations of our Christian ancestry.

ISBN: 9781640604254, 128 pages, $12.99 softcover
Paraclete Press


Your Life Is Worth Living
50 Lessons to Deepen Your Faith
Fulton Sheen

Back in print with a new preface by Robert Barron, fifty inspiring lessons to deepen your faith from one of the leading religious figures of the twentieth century and author of the Catholic bestseller Life of Christ. For over four decades, Fulton Sheen was the face of Catholicism in America and literally received hundreds of thousands of letters from people around the world in search of truth, faith, salvation, and spiritual guidance. In this newly repackaged reissue of one of Sheen's classic works, the Emmy Award-winning priest takes an intimate look at our sacred journey to God and answers some of life's most profound questions. With his clever wit and straightforward language, he explains how we can find contentment in the modern world by applying the Christian philosophy of life in our day-to-day exchanges.

ISBN: 978-1984823281, 432 pages, $17 softcover, Image Books


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