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Event: Catholic Identity Conference 2013

Later this month in the U.S. there will be a gathering near Franciscan University of Steubenville: the Catholic Identity Conference 2013.

Speakers will include editors, producers and columnists from The Remnant, Catholic Family News, The Angelus, Life Site News and Church Militant TV, as well as the director of development for the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter and other important presenters.  Photos from last year's conference can be viewed on the FSSP's website here.

Mass will be offered each day -- Low Masses on Friday the 20th and Saturday 21st, and a Missa Cantata on Sunday the 22nd.  Gregorian chant at the Sunday Mass will be sung by a men's schola from Franciscan University of Steubenville, which regularly sings at the traditional Latin Mass offered in the chapel there.  (For those who know the history of the charismatic movement at this college, you will recognize this is a very welcome accomplishment of the Summorum Pontificum era.)  The conference and Masses will be the second annual such lineup in Weirton, West Virginia.

Details for this month's conference can be found below and at The Remnant's website.  One can register for the entire conference, or just a portion of it.  Priests and religious are free.  If attending, I hope to meet you there.

Catholic Identity Conference 2013
September 20-22, 2013    Come meet, listen and discuss Catholic Identity in the reign of Pope Francis with the foremost traditional Catholic thinkers in America


Christopher Ferrara
Michael Matt
John Rao
John Vennari
James Vogel
Michael Voris
John Henry Westin

Conference Location:
Serbian American Cultural Center
1000 Collliers Way
Weirton WV 26062

Friday Night:
September 20, 2012
6:00 p.m. Low Mass
St. Joseph's Catholic Church
229 California Ave
Weirton WV 26062

7:30 - 10:00pm
Cocktail Reception
with Hors d’oeuveres at
Speaker: Dr. John Rao
Author and Professor at
St. John University, New York City
“Global Confusion and the Coming Catholic Resurgence”
Serbian American Cultural Center
1000 Collliers Way
Weirton WV 26062

Saturday Conference:
September 21, 2013

8:00 a.m.—9:00 a.m.—Low mass

St. Joseph Catholic Church
229 California Ave., Weirton, WV 26062

8:30 a.m.—9:30 a.m.
Serbian American Cultural Center
Coffee and Pastries provided
9:30 a.m.
Speaker—Michael Matt,
Editor of
The Remnant
"Bicker, Backbite and Bellyache: Devising a More Catholic Response to Universal Christophobia"
10:30 a.m.
Speaker—John Vennar
Editor of the
Catholic Family News
"Msgr. Joseph Clifford Fenton: Prophet Against the New Orientation"

12:30 p.m.
Speaker - Michael Voris
Producer - Church Militant TV
“Homosexuality in the Catholic Church”

2:00 p.m.
Christopher Ferrara

American Catholic Lawyers, Inc - President
"Saint Thomas Wins Again: How Physicists Have Outsmarted Themselves
in the Search for An Alternative to God"

3:00 p.m.
Speaker—James Vogel,

Editor of
The Angelus
"Status of the SSPX: A Doctrinal or Disciplinary Question""
Saturday Evening Dinner:September 21, 2013
5:00 p.m.—6:00 p.m.
Cocktail Reception

6:00p.m. Dinner
Presentation by
Christopher Schulte
Knights of Columbus
Mr. Schulte will give an update at the dinner on the Traditional Knights of Columbus project
It's a national effort to unite K of C councils that support the Latin Mass.

Featured Speaker: Fr. Gregory Pendergraft
Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter

• •
September 22, 20127:30 a.m. - High Mass
Offered by Fr. Gregory Pendergraft

Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church
200 Preston Avenue
Weirton, WV 26062

9:00 a.m. – Coffee and Refreshments
Serbian American Cultural Center
1000 Colliers Way • Weirton WV 26062
9:30 a.m.
Speakers: Michael Matt & John Vennari
"Kings, Knights & Fathers: Whatever Happened to Catholic Men? "
10:30 a.m.
Speaker—John Henry Westin
Editor in Chief -
"How soon till blood? Growing Christian persecution in America"


acardnal said...

It's worth noting that the TLM/EF Mass IS celebrated at Franciscan Univ of Steubenville (FUS) periodically and efforts are underway to increase its frequency there.

Stephen Spencer said...

Last year it was a really great conference! I'm sure it will be this year as well!

Dr. Timothy J. Williams said...

acardnal, it's also worth noting that I posted a flyer for this event on my office door, and it "disappeared" almost immediately.

yoink! said...

Nice line-up with the notable exception of M. Voris... too bad

Giovanni A. Cattaneo said...

Whats wrong with M. Voris?

Stephen Spencer said...

I'm looking forward to all of the speakers, very much including Michael Voris. I don't think that Voris is perfect, or are any of the other speakers--and don't even get me stared on myself!

There are people facing litigation for refusing to participate in a homosexual "marriage" all over the country. There is the HHS Mandate. The Church is in a horrible mess. I could go on indefinitely. This is not the time to turn on each other with quibbles, rumors, slanders, or self-righteousness. The circular firing squad really needs to stop.

Dan Hunter said...

Michael Voris is the best lay online leader of the Apostolate of the Church.

stmykearchangel said...

My wife and I went last year and loved it! Going again this year. Glad to see Michael Voris as one of the speakers.

Dan Hunter said...


The Church never distanced Herself from Real Catholic TV,

The Lavender mafia at the Detroit chancery did thst.

It is actually a badge for Christ.

In the choir loft said...

So glad that Michael Voris will be speaking. He is a very good speaker.

John L said...

It sounds like a good conference, but I wish the expression 'Catholic Identity' was not used in its title, and indeed that this expression be dropped for good. The present urgency in the Church is obedience to God, not 'Catholic Identity'.

Scott Ramsay said...

@ Dr. Timothy J. Williams:

Southern Poverty Law Center has declared Catholic Family News and The Remnant to both be active "hate groups." Michael Voris calls out bishops who are "on their own program," so to speak; so no doubt many see Voris as "radioactive." Those are three of the seven speakers, plus another one who is speaking on the SSPX.

Southern Poverty Law Center, which retains much clout in the U.S., states: "Though tiny in comparison with the approximately 70 million Americans who are mainstream Catholics, 'radical traditionalist Catholics' may form the single largest group of hard-core anti-Semites in America. [They have] more than 100,000 followers in the United States..." The main essay is entitled "The 'Radical Traditionalist Catholic' Movement," it's by Heidi Beirich, and it's posted on SPLC's website.

I think the heartburn is that supposedly we see conspiracies, Jews, and Masons under our beds at night, and around every corner during the day. The apparent belief is that if we reject anything from the Second Vatican Council, or reject anything that flowed from the "Spirit of Vatican II" that followed the Council: we are apparently anti-Semitic. The essay states that anti-Semitic fervor among some "rad-trad" Catholics "suggests that Jews be expelled or enslaved, segregated and forced to wear visible marks."

For the record, I'm more likely to say to a Jew or a Mason, "Hi, it's looks like it's going to be another hot, late summer day," than think of anything else.

For the record, between my wife and me, we have three grandfathers who fought in World War II, one of which earned a Silver Star fighting the Nazis in Europe as a glider pilot; he went to the Good Friday mass of the Presanctified, listened to the "old" prayer for the conversion of Jews, and then risked his life to end fascism. My church uses the "new" prayer for the Jews on Good Friday at my Traditional Latin Mass, but I'm just saying....

The SPLC does make a distinction between "rad-trad" Catholics who reject Vatican II, and the Traditionalist Catholics who merely like to go to the "Old Mass" in Latin (apparently out of nostalgia or something).

Is there some bona fide lunatic out there? I'm sure there is one. I haven't met her or him yet, but I'm sure there's at least one.

Above, beyond, and beside that, I don't know what to say about it all. As far as I know I believe in all the Catholic Church teaches.

I'm not trying to open a can of worms. I do not personally know the first thing about the speakers nor the groups they represent. I'm just trying to explain why I think your poster got torn down.

Nowadays being called a bigot makes a person a bigot, I guess. Why worry about if it's true or not? Why worry about the "collateral damage" to non-bigots who assist at the Holy Sacrifice of the Traditional Latin Mass? Yeah, it's a strange world in which we live....

Long-Skirts said...

Dan Hunter said...

"Michael Voris is the best lay online leader of the Apostolate of the Church."

...on Michael Voris


St. Michael
Protect him
This man

His status,
For Christ
Away flung.

Only the brave
Have guts
So to
Speak -

We think
It sounds harsh
Because men
Are so weak.

The proud -
The few -
This Catholic

He's keen -
He’s lean -
Church Militant

Anonymous said...

We should care less (or best not at all) about what evil groups like SPLC think or say of us, and more about whether we are pleasing to God. The opinions of the world deserve nothing but contempt, especially in our age.

Human respect is the disease of the modern world, even of traditional Catholics. Pray for the enemies, do not compromise and kowtow to them.
They will persecute you anyway, but how you react may decide whether you save your soul or lose it for fear and human respect.

“All that will live godly in Christ Jesus, shall suffer persecution.” (2 Tim. 3:12).
“The servant is not greater than his master. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you.” (John 15:20)

As long as you trust God and conform to His Will, you have nothing to fear.

Dan Hunter said...

The SPLC carries about as much clout as our 8lb tabby cat.

Michael Sirilla said...

Tim, you should post it on the inside of your office door's window. I might do that myself today.

As I told Tim yesterday, I really would like to go, but it's too expensive.

Ah, if they would only consider offering a substantial discount for Franciscan U. profs......

Kenneth J. Wolfe said...

Professors Williams and Sirilla -- I have been told by the organizers of the conference that Franciscan U. professors will be given free registration. (They simply ask for the cost of the Saturday dinner.)

Any interested FUS professors may contact the conference organizers to register at: and

Kenneth J. Wolfe said...

Also, as advertised, current students are just $20 for all three days of the conference ($50 with dinner) and priests and religious are free. Registration instructions are above.

Michael Sirilla said...

Dear Kenneth,

That is so very kind of you - and kind of the organizers. Thank you all! I look forward to meeting some of you there.

- Mike Sirilla

Barbara said...

Wish I could be there. I like them all - in particular Michael Voris. He has remarkable courage. Good Michael!

But alas,I live in the Old World (which is getting older by the minute - one foot in the grave - actually..).

Morgan said...

Is there any way that this can be made available to those that cannot attend?

I'd love to hear it, so maybe a dvd or youtube subscription on the webpage that has a paypal option?

Just a suggestion.

mad trad said...

There will be audio tapes available for ordering through John Vennari.