2015 Summer Conference

“Like a Shepherd He Will Tend His Flock: Understanding the Francis Papacy”
featuring keynote speaker His Eminence Cardinal Seán Patrick O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston

June 19-21, 2015
Portsmouth Abbey
Portsmouth, RI

Registration Deadline: Friday, June 12, 2015

*Overnight accommodations at Portsmouth Abbey are sold out for the 2015 summer conference. For a listing of local hotels, click here.

See the full conference schedule here.

Speakers include:

Cardinal Seán Patrick O’Malley
Ross Douthat
R.R. Reno
Kathryn Jean Lopez
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig
Fr. Roger Landry
John Carr
Christoper White
Anna Bonta Moreland
Kenneth Colston
and more

The Portsmouth Institute for Faith and Culture cordially invites you to join us as we kick off the summer with our sixth Summer Conference, “Like a Shepherd He Will Tend His Flock: Understanding the Francis Papacy,” on June 19-21, 2015. Following the Benedictine tradition of intellectual dialogue and spiritual formation, the Summer Conference presents the best of contemporary scholarship on faith and culture, and provides opportunities for all attendees to experience the rich, prayerful life of a Benedictine monastery.

Hosted at Portsmouth Abbey, a Benedictine monastery and school located on the banks of the Narragansett Bay in scenic Rhode Island, the conference will foster an authentic understanding of Pope Francis and will explore the major themes of his papacy. We invite you to seek answers to a number of important questions regarding the Pope Francis, including:

–Who is Pope Francis? How does his background — as an Argentinian, a Jesuit, a pastor — motivate his own faith and mission?

–How should the Holy Father’s teachings on economics and the “throwaway culture” influence American social and economic policy?

–What are the main challenges confronting the Church at this point in history, and how is Pope Francis confronting them?

–How does Pope Francis encourage us to live out the fundamental doctrines of the Church?

–How should we understand Pope Francis’s reformational zeal within the context of Church history?

“This I ask you: Be shepherds, with the ‘odor of the sheep,’ make it real, as shepherds among your flock, fishers of men.”
–Pope Francis Chrism Mass, March 28, 2013.

Conference Sponsored By:

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Experience a weekend at Portsmouth Abbey, a beautiful bay-side monastery and school in scenic Rhode Island.

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