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Becoming a Better Confessor


Guided by the wisdom of the Thomistic tradition, this fourth annual summer conference will consist of practical talks and roundtable discussions on issues of immediate relevance to the life of contemporary priests.

Led by an impressive cadre of experienced and knowledgeable speakers, and set in a comfortable fraternal atmosphere, with meals together, it will offer ample time for prayer, rest, and recreation.


 Venue  ~  Schedule  ~  Hotel Info  ~  Prayer & Liturgy

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For more information: 
(202) 495-1170.   


-Conference Venue-
Baltimore's Basilica of the Assumption

The historic Baltimore Basilica, built from 1806-1821, was designed by John Carroll (the first bishop in the U.S.) and Benjamin Henry Latrobe, father of American architecture and Thomas Jefferson’s Architect of the Capitol.  The Basilica was beautifully restored 10 years ago to return it to its original design.  It will be the site for all of our conference liturgies. 

All conference talks will be in Borders Hall in the Catholic Center (across the street from the Basilica).



-Conference Schedule-

Tuesday, July 7

2-4 pm:                        Arrival, Check-in. 

          Borders Hall, The Catholic Center (across the street from the Basilica)

4:00 - 4:15 pm:           Introduction - Fr. Dominic Legge, OP

4:15 – 5:00 pm: Fr. Fred Miller - “Humility, Pride, and Vainglory

5:15 pm                        Adoration (confessions available)

5:45 pm:                       Vespers

6:15 pm:                       Pre-prandials and Dinner – Borders Hall.

7:30 pm:                       Fr. Romanus Cessario, OP - “Charity, Mortal Sin, and Spiritual Life” 

Wednesday, July 8

7:30 am - 8:15 am:        Private Prayer (Altars available for private Masses, with advance signup).

8:30 am:                          Lauds

9:00 am - 10:00am:       Mass

10:15 – 11:00 am:         Fr. Basil Cole, OP – “Chastity, Lust, and Taming the Appetites

11:15 am:                     Small Group Sessions:

Track A – Practical Wisdom for Pastoral Ministry
Track B - Wisdom & the Moral Life
Track C - Insights of St. Thomas 

Noon - 3 pm:                 Break for Lunch

3:00 pm - 3:45 pm: Fr. Dominic Legge, OP - “Hope, Despair, Sloth, and Presumption

4:15 pm:                      Small Group Sessions:

Track A – Practical Wisdom for Pastoral Ministry
Track B - Wisdom & the Moral Life
Track C - Insights of St. Thomas 

5:30 pm:                       Adoration (confessions available)

6:00 pm:                       Vespers

6:30 pm:                       Dinner

Thursday, July 9

7:30 am - 8:00 am:       Private Prayer (Altars available for private Masses, with advance signup).

8:30 am:                        Lauds

8:45 am:                        Mass

9:40 am:                       Planning for the Future (Feedback & Planning discussion)

10:00 - 10:45 am:   Msgr. Charles Pope – “The Beatitudes in the Confessional

11:15 am:                      Small Group Sessions:

Track A – Practical Wisdom for Pastoral Ministry

Track B - Wisdom & the Moral Life
Track C - Insights of St. Thomas 

 Noon:                           Adjournment



-Conference Hotel Information-


Baltimore's Hotel Indigo, located next door to the Basilica (it couldn't be more convenient!), is our conference hotel and is offering the special rate of $119/night, including breakfast.  As Baltimore's newest hotel (opening in May 2015), it occupies a just-renovated historic building designed to resemble a turn-of-the-century private club. 

We've obtained a discounted rate, an excellent deal for Baltimore's leading boutique hotel.  Reserve online by clicking here, or call (410) 625-6200 and mention that you are attending the Thomistic Institute's Conference for Priests.  Reservations must be made by June 9, 2015, to obtain the conference rate. 


-Prayer & Liturgy-

  • All priests are welcome to concelebrate at the morning Masses in the Basilica on July 8 and 9.
  • Altars will be available each morning for priests desiring to celebrate a private Mass (OF or EF).
  • Each day, participants are also invited to attend Lauds and Vespers. A period of silent adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will also be offered each day, along with the opportunity to go to confession.
  • Above all, our goal is to provide a prayerful, relaxing, and fraternal priestly atmosphere.



For more information:  
(202) 495-1170.   


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