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Becoming a Better Confessor


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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.

KEYNOTE PRESENTATIONS

Keynote Lecture - Bishop Robert Reed

“Accompaniment in the Modern Magisterium”- Fr. Aquinas Guilbeau, OP

“Accompaniment of Those in Irregular Marriages” - Fr. George Rutler

“Accompaniment of Those Who Experience Same-Sex Attraction" - Fr. James Brent, OP

10:45 AM  "Accompaniment of Those Who Experience Addiction" - Msgr Brian Bransfield

COST

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.

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 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.

SCHEDULE

Monday, July 9

2:00 – 4:00 PM  Registration 

3:00 PM  Travelers’ Mass  Cathedral

4:00 PM    Welcome and Introduction

4:15 PM    Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Confessionl   

5:00 PM    Vespers and Benediction

5:30 PM    Depart for dinner

6:00 PM    Pre-prandials

6:30 PM    Dinner at Aldrich Mansion

7:30 PM   Keynote Address - Bishop Robert Reed

Tuesday, July 10

7:00 AM  Cathedral opens for private prayer 

7:30 AM  Lauds and Mass

8:30 AM    Breakfast

9:30 AM    “Accompaniment in the Modern Magisterium”- Fr. Aquinas Guilbeau, OP

10:45 AM    “Accompaniment of Those in Irregular Marriages” - Fr. George Rutler

12:00 PM    Break for Lunch

4:00 PM  Breakout Sessions

5:00 PM  Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Confessions 

5:30 PM  Vespers and Benediction

6:00 PM  Break for Dinner 

8:00 PM  Drinks Reception

Wednesday, July 11

7:00 AM  Cathedral opens for private prayer

7:30 AM  Lauds and Mass

8:30 AM  Breakfast

9:30 AM    “Accompaniment of Those Who Experience Same-Sex Attraction" - Fr. James Brent, OP

10:45 AM  "Accompaniment of Those Who Experience Addiction" - Msgr Brian Bransfield

12:00 PM    Break for Lunch

4:00 PM    Breakout Sessions

5:00 PM    Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Confessions

5:30 PM    Vespers and Benediction

6:00 PM    Break for Dinner

8:00 PM   Drinks Receptions

Thursday, July 12

7:00 AM  Cathedral opens for private prayers

7:30 AM  Lauds and Mass

8:30 AM    Breakfast

9:30 AM    Panel Discussion with All Speakers  

11:00 AM    Feedback and Preview of Next Year’s Conference

11:30 AM    Adjournment

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