One of our past conventions in St. Paul, MN

38th Convention: New Evangelization and the 25th Anniversary of Ex Corde Ecclesiae

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The Fellowship is proud to honor the following people at our Convention.

Cardinal Wright Award Dr. Matthew Levering
Cardinal O’Boyle Award Most Rev. Thomas J Olmsted
Founders Award Rev. Joseph Walter Koterski, SJ
Associate Professor, Fordham University


To mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of Ex Corde Ecclesiae, this convention will consider the New Evangelization in relation to colleges and universities. Our speakers will consider not only campus evangelization strategies that have been successful but the opportunities for the transformation of campus culture through re-thinking even such academic disciplines as the secular sciences. One panel will be devoted to the discipline of history and the New Evangelization, another to the thought of Pope Francis and Cardinal Newman, and yet another to the implications of Ex Corde Ecclesiae for the family. In addition to the plenary sessions, there are special opportunities for younger scholars to offer presentations too! Because of the Holy Father's trip to Philadelphia in September, we have moved our Convention from its traditional date to October, in order to avoid scheduling conflicts for members of the Fellowship who will be participating in both.


Friday, October 23, 2015
3:00p.m. Prayer
Opening Mass
4:00p.m. Session 1
History and the New Evangelization
Prof. Christopher Shannon – Dept. of History, Christendom College
5:00p.m. Session 1
Benedict XVI, the Lives of the Saints, and the Renewal of the Catholic Intellectual Life?
Prof. Christopher O. Blum – Academic Dean, The Augustine Institute
6:00p.m. Dinner
7:30p.m. Session 2
The Apostolate of the Mind: Transformation of Culture through Rethinking the Secular Sciences
Rev. Florencio Sanchez, L.C. – Director of the John Henry Newman Institute at the University Francisco de Vitoria, Madrid, Spain
7:30p.m. Session 2
The Apostolate of the Mind: Transformation of Culture through Rethinking the Secular Sciences
Prof. Max Bonilla – Vice President for International Relations at the University Francisco de Vitoria, Madrid, Spain
9:00p.m. Prayer
Saturday, October 24, 2015
8:00a.m. Prayer
Archbishop Prendergast
9:00a.m. Breakfast
9:30a.m. Session 3
The Evangelical Urgency of Campus Ministry: A Case Study of St. Mary's Catholic Center at Texas A&M University
Mr. Marcel LeJeune – Assistant Director of Campus Ministry, St. Mary's Catholic Center at Texas A&M University
10:15a.m. Session 3
World Changers: Raising Up Missionary Disciples on the College Campus
Mr. John Zimmer – Vice President of Organizational Development, FOCUS
11:00a.m. Session 4
Pope Francis, Cardinal Newman, and the New Evangelization
Msgr. Stuart Swetland – President, Donnelly College, Kansas City, MO
12:00p.m. Lunch
Lunch and Business Meeting
2:00p.m. Session 4
Heart Speaks to Heart: Ex Corde Ecclesiae 25 Years Later
Prof. Mark Newcomb – Executive Vice President, Mt. St. Mary's College, Newburgh, NY
4:00p.m. Session 6
Concurrent Sessions of Disciplinary Based Interest Groups
6:30p.m. Award Banquet
Banquet and Award Presentations
Sunday, October 25, 2015
8:00a.m. Prayer
10:00a.m. Session 6
Ex Corde Ecclesiae and the Family
Prof. R. Hayden Lemmons – Department of Philosophy, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
11:00a.m. Session 6
The Complementarity of Woman and Man and the Mission of the Catholic University
Prof. Deborah M. Savage – St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity, St. Paul, MN
Friday, October 23, 2015

Convention Sponsors

A Special Thank You to Our Convention Sponsors
The Fellowship of Catholic Scholars wishes to recognize the following organizations for their generous contributions
to the Annual Convention.
Franciscan University of Steubenville General sponsor Franciscan University of Steubenville Website
Msgr. Daniel Hamilton Convention General
St. John Fisher Fund Convention General

Discussion Groups

The discussion groups are closed for this convention.

Our special thanks to everyone involved in organizing them.

The Fellowship of Catholic Scholars

Convention Dates

Start date: 23October, 2015
End date: 25October, 2015
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