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The Priest as Disciple of Christ and Alter Christus


The Thomistic Institute is pleased to offer this third annual conference for diocesan priests.  Guided by the wisdom of the Thomistic tradition, the 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.

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-Conference Schedule-
Tuesday, July 8

2-4 pm:                 Arrival & Check-in at Nashville Cathedral’s Fleming Center

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

4:15 – 5:00 pm:     Opening Presentation (30 min., then Q&A) - Fr. Fred Miller - “Practicing What We Preach: Living a Priestly Life of Virtue

5:15 pm                Adoration (confessions available)

5:45 pm:               Vespers

6:15 pm:               Pre-prandials and Dinner – Fleming Center.

7:30 pm:               Evening Presentation: Fr. Allan White, OP - “The Priest as Disciple of Christ and Alter Christus” (30 min., then Q&A).

Wednesday, July 9

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 with Bishop Choby

10:15 – 11:00 am: Principal Morning Presentation (30 min., then Q&A): Fr. Thomas Joseph White, OP - “The Priest, Instrument of Christ

11:15 am:             Small Group Sessions:

  • Track A Practical Wisdom for Pastoral Ministry:  Fr. Fred Miller: “The Grace of Orders and the Priest’s Daily Life”
  • Track B Wisdom and the Moral Life: Fr. Michael Sherwin, OP: “The Priest as Friend of the Bridegroom: St. Augustine on Pastoral Ministry”
  • Track C Insights of St. Thomas:  Fr. Dominic Legge, OP: “The Fruits of the Mass: The Power of the Priest’s Devotion”

Noon - 3 pm:         Break for Lunch

3:00pm-3:45pm:   Principal Afternoon Presentation (30 min., then Q&A): Fr. Guy Mansini, OSB – “The Priest and the Eucharist

4:15 pm:               Small Group Sessions:

  • Track A Practical Wisdom for Pastoral Ministry: Fr. Allan White, OP: “Fostering Vocations to the Priesthood and to Religious Life”
  • Track B Wisdom and the Moral Life: ”Fr. Michael Sherwin, OP: “The Priest, friend of Christ: St. Thomas Aquinas on Discipleship”
  • Track C Insights of St. Thomas:  Fr. Dominic Langevin, OP: “The Priest as Instrument of Christ in Administering the Sacraments”

5:30 pm:               Adoration (confessions available)

6:00 pm:               Vespers

6:30 pm:               Dinner

Thursday, July 10

7:30am - 8:45am: Private Prayer (Altars available for private Masses, with advance signup).
9:00 am:               Lauds & Mass
9:45 am:               Planning for the Future (Feedback & Planning discussion)

10:00 - 10:45 am:  Final Presentation: Fr. Gabriel O’Donnell, OP – “Contemplative and Apostolic: The Inner Life of the Priest

11:15 am:            Small Group Sessions

  • Track A Practical Wisdom for Pastoral Ministry:  Fr. Gabriel O’Donnell, OP: “The Priest as Spiritual Director: Fundamental Principles”
  • Track B Wisdom and the Moral Life:  Fr. Michael Sherwin, OP: “The Priest, Healer of Addictions in Christ: St. Thomas on Faith and the Infused Moral Virtues”
  • Track C Insights of St. Thomas: Fr. Thomas Joseph White, OP: “Practical Hope for the Priest: Christ's Eternal Priesthood.”

Noon:                   Adjournment

Optional add-on: Lunch at the Motherhouse of the Nashville Sisters, followed by a tour.  (Advance RSVP requested.)


-Conference Hotel Information-

We have arranged for a discounted rate at The Hampton Inn (Vanderbilt West End), located across the street from the Nashville Cathedral.  It offers conference participants the special rate of $144/night (including a full hot breakfast and free parking).  For reservations, call (615) 329-1144 and ask for the group rate for the “Priesthood Conference,” or reserve online.  Reservations must be made by June 9, 2014.


-Conference Venue-

Nashville’s Cathedral of the Incarnation 

All liturgies were held in Nashville’s Cathedral, built to replicate an ancient Roman basilica church and decorated in beautiful Italian Renaissance style. The conference talks will be in the Cathedral’s Fleming Center. 

Parking is available behind the Cathedral rectory: 
2015 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203

-Prayer & Liturgy-

  • Most Rev. David Choby, D.D., Bishop of Nashville, will be the principal celebrant and homilist at the main Mass on Wednesday, July 9. All priests are welcome to concelebrate.
  • An additional concelebrated Mass for conference participants will take place on the morning of July 10.
  • 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.


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