Each summer, the Thomistic Institute holds a conference for priests. The goal of the conference is to give ongoing formation for those engaged in ordained ministry, as well as an opportunity to meet  and enjoy the company of brother priests from across the country. Participants attend talks and take part in breakout sessions on pastoral issues, designed to give them the spiritual and intellectual tools to help them be the love of Christ to those in their care.


Conference for Priests 2017

On August 1-3, 2017, priests and transitional deacons are invited to join the Thomistic Institute and the diocese of Providence in Providence, RI for formation and continuing education on how to minister to the suffering in their care. 


Keynote Presentations

"Compassionate Blood: The Sanctification of Christian Suffering" - Fr. Romanus Cessario, OP

"Grace & Reality: The Sacrament of Anointing" - Fr. Paul Jerome Keller, OP

"Morals & Medicine: The Contemporary Challenge of Bio-Ethics" - Fr. Thomas Petri, OP

"Patience & Purification: The Priest and the Suffering Christian" - Fr. Gabriel O'Donnell, OP

"A Reminder of Higher Things: The Rites of Sickness & Death" - Msgr. James Moroney



Cost of the conference is $225 for early registration (by April 30th). Regular registration is $250. Cost includes all conference materials, daily continental breakfast, light refreshments during the day, pre-prandials, one catered dinner, and a bourbon tasting. 


Location, Accommodations & Travel

The conference will take place at the Cathedral of Saints Peter & Paul (30 Fenner Street, Providence, RI). 

Discounted hotel rooms are available through the Hilton Providence. 

For those planning to fly, T. F. Green Airport (PVD) is approximately 15 minutes from the Hilton. There is also an Amtrak station convenient to the hotel and cathedral.


More details will become available as the conference approaches.

To complete your registration, please use the link below for payment.


2017 Conference for Priests Proposed Schedule


Previous Conferences

Fr. Paul Scalia addresses participants  on 'The Spirituality of the Preacher."

Fr. Paul Scalia addresses participants  on 'The Spirituality of the Preacher."

2016 - Becoming a better preacher

In August 2016, nearly 100 priests gathered in the Archdiocese of Baltimore Catholic Center for instruction on how to improve their preaching. Talks included "The Spirituality of the Preacher" by Fr. Paul Scalia, "Preaching to the New Faithful" by Fr. Paul Check and "The Preacher is Called to Preach" by Fr. John Harris, OP. The conference also featured Mass with main celebrant and homilist Archbishop William Lori, and communal liturgy of the hours in the Basilica of the Assumption.

2015 - becoming a better confessor

In July 2015 the conference for priests was held for the first time in the Archdiocese of Baltimore Catholic Center. Sessions focused on virtues, vices and practical tips for pastoral ministry such as different approaches to examining one's conscience, inspiring penitents with proper sorrow for their sins and insights for spiritual direction. The conference featured Fr. Romanus Cessario, OP on "Charity, Mortal Sin, and the Spiritual Life" and Msgr. Charles Pope on "The Beatitudes in the Confessional." 

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2014 - the priest as disciple of christ

In July 2014, the conference for priests met in Nashville, where they were welcomed at the Cathedral of the Incarnation by Bishop David Choby. The speakers presented the gathered priests with the many ways in which the priest is called not only to follow Christ, but to be Christ to those whom he serves. Presentations included Fr. Fred Miller on "Practicing What We Preach: Living a Priestly Life of Virtue" and Fr. Thomas Joseph White, OP on "The Priest, Instrument of Christ."