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2019 Conference

Conference Registration Rates

Complete conference for full or associate members of the Society: $350
Complete conference for non-members of the Society: $420
Complete conference for student members of the Society or seminarians: $240
Single day rate (including lunch on that day): $170
Single day rate for students/seminarians (with lunch): $50

Full conference registration includes a banquet (Thursday evening) at the Graduate Providence Hotel and catered lunches on Friday and Saturday.

Conference Hotels

Please reserve by the date noted for these discounted rates.

Graduate Providence (11 Dorrance St., Providence RI, 02903; best choice if you will not have a car)
*About a 15 minute walk from the Cathedral; 10 minute drive to Providence College

$159 per night
Valet parking ($25/day)
Group code for discount: 1909SOCALI
Reservations: call 401-421-0700 or online at
You must provide the group code for the conference discount.
Reserve by August 30.

Providence Marriott Downtown (1 Orms St., Providence, RI, 02904; best choice if you will have a car)
*About a 10 minute drive from all conference locations.
$169 per night
Free parking
Reservations: call 800-535-4028 and ask for the Society for Catholic Liturgy discount or use this link.
Reserve by September 4.


Recommended airport is PVD (Providence T.F. Green). BOS (Boston LoganInternational) is about an hour away by car.

Conference attendees are responsible for their own transportation.

Other Information
Conference presenters must register for the full conference.
Registration fees are non-refundable.
Payment for the conference must be made via credit card or check. Check payments must be received by Monday, September 16th (payable to: Society for Catholic Liturgy, mailed to Rev. Dennis Gill / Treasurer, Society for Catholic Liturgy / c/oOffice for Divine Worship / Archdiocese of Philadelphia / 222 North Seventeenth Street /Philadelphia, PA 19103)

Tentative Conference Schedule

Thursday, September 26, 2019

6:00 – Registration & Social (Graduate Providence, 11 Dorrance St., Providence, RI, 02903).
6:45 – Keynote Address, Dr. Timothy O’Malley
7:15 – Dinner
8:30 – Salve Regina

Friday, September 27, 2019 at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul
(30 Fenner St., Providence, RI 02903)

9:00 – Mass in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite, Bp. Tobin celebrant

11:00-12:00 – Concurrent sessions, Cathedral hall

  • Veronica Arntz, “The Eucharist and Marriage: Two Sacraments United in a Theology of Sacrifice”
  • Fr. Daniel Cardo, “The Homily and the Sanctification and Formation of the Family”
  • (Shared session):
    • Michael Brummond, “The Word of God in the Domestic Church and the Promotion ofthe Sacred Liturgy”
    • Andrew Dinan, “Poetry and the Family”

12:15-1:15 – Concurrent Sessions

  • Richard Bulzachelli, “The Real and Meaningful Distinction Between Natural and Sacramental Marriage: Biblical and Patristic Insights for Today”
  • Jennifer Donelson, “The Role of Sacred Music in Catholic Education and the Development of the Spiritual Lives of Children”
  • (Shared session):
    • Nathan Knutson, “Ora et Labora: The Benedictine Monastic Office and the Family”
    • Gabriella Elhallal, “The Monastic Home: Considering the Convergence of the Monastery and the Domestic Church”

1:15-2:30 – Catered lunch, Cathedral hall

2:30-3:30 – Concurrent sessions

  • Michael Foley, “An Introduction to Francis X. Weiser, S.J.”
  • Rev. Paul Keller, O.P., “Eucharistic Worship Among the Civilly Divorced and Remarried”
  • (Shared session):
    • Michael McCallion, “As the Parish Goes, so Goes the Family”
    • Rev. Robert Johansen, “Lex Orandi vs. Lex Vivendi? The Rite of Marriage as Theologia Prima”

4:00-5:00 – Concurrent sessions

  • Lisa Knutson, “Ever-Virgin and Ever-Mother: Mater Christi. The Purification, Churching of Women, and the Devotional Role of the Mother in Judeo-Christian History”
  • Kevin Magas, “A Universal Call to Asceticism at Mid-Century: Louis Bouyer and Paul Evdokimov on the Relationship between Marriage and Monasticism”
  • James Monti, “The ‘Seriousness’ of Family Life and the Sacred Liturgy in the Writings of Dietrich von Hildebrand”


5:15-6:15 – Concurrent sessions

  • Rev. Neil Roy, “The Liturgical Cultus of the Holy Family: Origins and Developments of a Votive Feast”
  • Rev. Joseph LoJacono, “Pastoring Hispanic-Americans toward Reverence in Liturgy and Family Formation”
  • (Shared session):
    • Julia Dezelski, “Family as Domestic Church: Place of Prayer and Liturgy with Both Lungs”
    • Patricia Pasternak, “Sacraments: Graced Moments of Encounter”

Saturday, September 28
Ruane Center, Providence College & St. Pius V Church

9:00-10:00 – Welcome by Fr. James Cuddy, OP
Keynote: Dr. Robert Fastiggi, “The Indissolubility of Marriage in Support of Family Life”

10:15-11:15 – Concurrent sessions

  • William Mahrt, “The Liturgy for St. Joseph”
  • Rev. Dennis Gill, “The Christian Family and the Practice of Penance”
  • (Shared session):
    • Carolyn Pirtle, “Root and Blossom: The Liturgical Life, the Devotional Life, and the Domestic Church”
    • Jessica Keating, “These Four and No More? Overcoming Isolation and Insularity in the Practice of the Domestic Life.”

11:45-1:00 – Dominican Rite Mass (EF), St, Pius V Church

1:15-2:30 – Catered lunch, Ruane Center Great Room– USCCB speaker during lunch

2:30-3:30 – Concurrent sessions

  • Christina Strafaci, “’Food Indeed’: Consequences of the Americanization of the Family Table for the Sacramental Preparation of Children and an Ecclesiology of Communion”
  • Rev. Nicholas Zientarski, “Considerations on the Baptism of the Children of Same-Sex Couples”
  • (Shared session):
    • John Haigh, “If ‘All Living Christians are Dead Pagans Walking About,’ It Behooves us to Review the Pagan Tradition of the Home Altar
    • Nathaniel Gotcher, “Let the Children Come to Me”: Sacred Architecture and Childhood Religion”

3:45-4:45 – Concurrent sessions

  • Susan Treacy, “Monsignor Martin Hellriegel and Liturgical Piety in the Family”
  • Owen Vyner, “Wine Becoming Water: The Sacrament of Penance and Conjugal Spirituality”
  • Kevin Miller, “The Ontology and Liturgy of the ‘Domestic Church’”