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EVENT: Pre-Synod Address and Pontifical High Mass - Cardinal Burke at Steubenville - UPDATED

The Synod on the Family: Addressing the Instrumentum Laboris

Keynote: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke

Followed by a Panel Discussion

September 8, 2015
The Ordinary General Synod of Bishops will meet for the 14th time from October 4-25, 2015, in the Vatican adressing the theme, "The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world."
As the bishops prepare to meet, the "working document" for their preparation and eventual discussion, the Instrumentum Laboris, has received much scrutiny. His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, the Cardinal Patronus of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, will deliver a keynote address at Franciscan University concerning the synod and the issues it will address.
Following his address, Cardinal Burke will be joined by eight experts in various fields of theology and philosophy. The members of the panel have all submitted essays on various aspects of the Instrumentum Laboris for inclusion in a book to be published by Emmaus Road before the synod.
The day will begin with a Pontifical High Mass in the Extraordinary Form offered by Cardinal Burke at St. Peter Parish in downtown Steubenville with sacred music supplied by the University's Schola Cantorum Franciscana, directed by Nicholas Will, professor of Sacred Music, and accompanied on the organ by Andrew Barnick '15.

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Eventbrite - Cardinal Burke: Keynote Address on the Synod with Panel Dicussion

Schedule of Events

  • 10:30 a.m.
    Pontifical High Mass (Extraordinary Form)
    St. Peter Catholic Church, 425 N. 4th St., Steubenville, Ohio
  • 6:00 p.m.
    "Keynote Address on the Synod" by Cardinal Burke
    Finnegan Fieldhouse*
  • 6:50 p.m.
    Panel Discussion on the Instrumentum Laboris
    Finnegan Fieldhouse*
    Panelists (with area of expertise):
    • Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke
    • Fr. Sean O. Sheridan, TOR, Professor of Theology (Canon Law) and President of Franciscan University of Steubenville
    • Dr. Donald Asci, Professor of Theology (Moral Theology), Franciscan University of Steubenville
    • Dr. John Bergsma, Professor of Theology (Biblical Theology), Franciscan University of Steubenville
    • Mrs. Pia Crosby, MA Student in Theology (Patristics), Franciscan University of Steubenville
    • Dr. Peter Kwasniewski, Professor of Theology and Philosophy (Liturgical Theology), Wyoming Catholic College
    • Dr. Patrick Lee, McAleer Professor of Bioethics (Bioethics), Franciscan University of Steubenville
    • Dr. Stephen Hildebrand, Professor of Theology (Patristics), Franciscan University of Steubenville
    • Dr. Michael Sirilla, Professor of Theology (Systematic Theology), Franciscan University of Steubenville.
*Due to a tremendous response we expect a crowd much larger than the Gentile Gallery can handle. This event has been moved to Finnegan Fieldhouse.


Rorate has just learned that our regular contributor, Dr. Peter Kwasniewski, in connection with his participation in the Cardinal Burke panel, will be giving a public lecture at Franciscan University of Steubenville on Monday, September 7, at 8:00 in the Gallery of the J. C. Williams Center. 

The topic of the lecture will be "The Old Mass and the New Evangelization: Beyond the Long Winter of Rationalism." 

The event is free and open to the public. There will be a Q&A, followed by refreshments. Books by the lecturer will also be available for sale -- Resurgent in the Midst of Crisis, A Missal for Young Catholics, On Love and Charity, and Sacred Choral Works, as well as the new edition of Guardini's Sacred Signs.