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Hope to see you there!

There’s a great conference coming up at St. Paul Seminary in Crafton, Pa. (just outside Pittsburgh), Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6-7. It’s titled “Priesthood and Blessing,” and it will be a good way to mark the Church’s Year of the Priest. It’s not, however, primarily for clergy, and it’s not all about the ordained priesthood. It’s for all Catholics, since we share in the “common priesthood” of Christ.

The lineup of speakers is outstanding. I’ve heard them all and would gladly pay to hear them again.

Friday, November 6

Scott Hahn: “Receive the Spirit: Priesthood and Blessing in the Gospel of John,” 7:30 pm

Saturday, November 7

Fr. Pablo Gadenz (Seton Hall University): “The Priest as Spiritual Father”

Dr. Brant Pitre (Notre Dame, New Orleans): “Jesus, Passover and Priesthood”

Dr. Mary Healy (Sacred Heart, Detroit): “Christ’s Priesthood and Christian Priesthood in the Epistle to the Hebrews”

Dr. Dan Keating, (Sacred Heart, Detroit): “Life-Giving Blessing in St. Cyril of Alexandria”

Bishop David Zubik will celebrate Holy Mass and preach.

Fr. Robert Barron of Chicago (and YouTube) will deliver the annual address in memory of Father Ronald Lawler, OFM Cap.

Registration for the conference is $50 per person, only $25 for full-time students. Seminarians attend free of charge.

You can register online at or by calling 740-264-9535.

The conference usually fills up, so register soon. And bring your friends. It’s a great time, with lots of opportunities for conversation and book-shopping. The speakers are first-rate and the talks are rich, but aimed at non-scholars.

Please let me know if you plan on attending. It would be great to meet in person.

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