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 from across the country and Canada joined 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.
2017 Conference for Priests Schedule
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."
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."