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 2019
Details of next summer's conference for priests, such as dates, registration details, and cost will be made available within the next few months. Follow us on social media for all the latest updates on events and registration!
2018- BECOMING A BETTER CONFESSOR
On July 9 -12, 2018, the Thomistic Institute held its 7th annual Conference for Priests in Providence, RI. This year’s conference helped the participants become more effective priestly instruments of forgiveness in the confessional. Bishop Robert Reed gave the key note address, and throughout the week speakers addressed topics such as accompaniment for those in irregular marriages, those who experience same sex attraction, and those suffering from addiction. Audio recordings of the lectures from this conference can be found on our SoundCloud page here and on our podcast here.
2017 - Pastoral Care of the Sick and Dying
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. The conference was co-sponsored by the Diocese of Providence at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul.
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."