Summer Conference Speaker Lineup Announced

We’re blessed to always have faithful, insightful, and provocative speakers at the Portsmouth Institute’s annual summer conferences. This year’s conference on “Faith, Family, and Civilization” is no exception. Our speakers this year are all leaders in their field, and shape Church practice, public policy, academia, and the national dialogue on topics related to the family.
This year, we are especially conscious of Pope St. John Paul II, who argued that the well-being of society and the Church relies on flourishing families. I invite you to join me—and our wonderful speakers—as we re-invigorate our understanding of what the Christian family is–and what it contributes to our world. Through a revitalization of our families, we can begin to restore Christian culture.

Chris Fisher
Executive Director


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Keynote Speaker: Timothy Cardinal Dolan

Timothy Dolan was named Archbishop of New York by Pope Benedict XVI on February 23, 2009.  He had served as Archbishop of Milwaukee, appointed there by Pope Saint John Paul II on June 25, 2002. Cardinal Dolan served as chairman of Catholic Relief Services, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Catholic University of America. He is also a member of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization, the Pontifical Council for Social Communications; and, at the Vatican, the Congregation for Eastern Churches, and the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
Cardinal Dolan was elected to a three year term as president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, in November, 2010.  He now serves as chair of the Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life activities. On January 6, 2012, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI announced that Timothy Dolan was to be appointed to the College of Cardinals. Following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Dolan participated in the Conclave that elected Pope Francis in March, 2013.

Mary Eberstadt

Mary Eberstadt is a senior research fellow at the Faith and Reason Institute and author of several books including  How the West Really Lost God and Adam and Eve after the Pill.

Jennifer Hubbard

Jennifer Hubbard is a monthly contributor to Magnificat. The younger of her two children, Catherine Violet, was a victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012. As President of the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary, Jennifer, or Jenny, is committed to fulfilling her daughter’s dream of being a caretaker of all animals.

Fr. Roger Landry

Father Roger J. Landry is a priest of the Diocese of Fall River, Massachusetts who works for the Holy See’s Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations. An expert on John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, he was pastor of St. Bernadette Parish in Fall River and St. Anthony of Padua Parish in New Bedford, MA, as well as executive editor of The Anchor, the weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Fall River.

Brandon McGinley

Brandon McGinley is the Editor for EWTN Publishing and a columnist for Scottish Catholic Observer.  He is also the editor of The Joys and Challenges of Family Life: Catholic Husbands and Fathers Speak Out.

R.J. Snell

R.J. Snell is Director of the Center on the University and Intellectual Life at the Witherspoon Institute.  He is the author of Acedia and Its Discontents (Angelico, 2015).