Preaching In Season & Out of Season
Evangelizing in a Culture of Relativism
Thirty-Seventh Easter Seminar for Priests and Seminarians

WHEN Sunday, April 4 to Wednesday, April 7, 2021

WHERE Shellbourne Conference Center  |  Valparaiso, Indiana

As priests and future priests, we are very much aware that our
calling involves preaching both in and out of season.
Though this has been the case since the very beginning of Christianity, this sweet task has become especially urgent in this moment of history. The lack of Christian education coupled by a prevailing rejection of basic tenets of morality based on Judeo-Christian teaching, call for a more persuasive way of preaching and catechizing. Homilies and doctrinal presentations must touch both the mind and heart. To this end, we have speakers who will help us present the whole gamut of Church teaching with clarity and compassion. These presentations will certainly include speaking the language of the culture while at the same time transmitting the Gospel message as interpreted by the Church.

“Whoever wants to preach must be the first to let the word of God
move him deeply and become incarnate in his daily life.”

POPE FRANCIS,
The Joy of the Gospel, no. 150

Topics and Speakers

Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021

7:30 p.m.

Arrival and Light Supper


8:00 p.m.

Introductory Talk


Monday, April 5, 2021

7:15 a.m.

Morning Prayer


7:30 a.m.

Preached Meditation


8:00 a.m.

Eucharistic Concelebration
(Please bring alb and stole)


11:00 a.m.

First Presentation
Preaching with the Mind and Heart of the Church
Very Rev. Javier del Castillo
Vicar of the Prelature of Opus Dei for the Midwest


4:45 p.m.

Holy Hour


7:00 p.m.

Second Presentation
Attracting Young Adults to the Church
Rev. Msgr. Martin Schlag
Member of Pre-Synod on Youth,
Professor of Catholic Studies at the
University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN)

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

7:15 a.m.

Morning Prayer


7:30 a.m.

Preached Meditation


8:00 a.m.

Eucharistic Concelebration
(Please bring alb and stole)


11:00 a.m.

Third Presentation
Preaching from the Ground Up
Rev. Peter V. Armenio
Pastoral Work for the Prelature of Opus Dei,
Speaker on St. Josemaria Institute Podcasts


4:45 p.m.

Holy Hour


7:00 p.m.

Fourth Presentation
Preaching to Prisoners and Delinquents
Most Rev. Mark A. Bartosic
Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago


Wednesday, April 7, 2021

7:15 a.m.

Morning Prayer


7:30 a.m.

Preached Meditation


8:00 a.m.

Eucharistic Concelebration
(Please bring alb and stole)


9:00 a.m.

Breakfast and Departure

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Co-Sponsored by Midwest Theological Forum & the St. Josemaria Institute
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