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 2018



On July 9 -12, 2018, the Thomistic Institute will hold its 7th annual Conference for Priests in Providence, RI. This year’s conference will help the participants become more effective priestly instruments of forgiveness in the confessional.


Check back soon for a full list of presenters and keynote session titles.


Cost of the conference is $225 for early registration (by March 28th). 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. Registration is complete upon receipt of payment.


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

Discounted hotel rooms are available through the Hotel Providence or the Omni Providence (1-800-THE-OMNI; reference the Conference for Priests).

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.


Previous Conferences

Fr. Paul Keller, OP before his session on "Grace & Reality: the Sacrament of Anointing."

Fr. Paul Keller, OP before his session on "Grace & Reality: the Sacrament of Anointing."

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.

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

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

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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."