Rorate Caeli

Catholic Identity Conference 2016

For American traditionalists, the Catholic Identity Conference has been an informative gathering of diocesan, Fraternity of Saint Peter, Institute of Christ the King, Society of Saint Pius X and other traditional Latin Mass Catholics, assembled under one roof for a weekend.

We have been happy to cover the annual conference in recent years, including when Rorate was a featured speaker (which we pledge to do again when travel time permits).

Diocesan, Fraternity of Saint Peter, Institute of Christ the King and Society of Saint Pius X priests
Catholic Identity Conference 2015

This year's conference will be held from September 9 through 11, 2016.

Located near the Franciscan University of Steubenville, the conference will feature several speakers known to traditionalists, including our friends Mike Matt, John Vennari, Chris Ferrara, Rorate's papal conclave correspondent John Rao, and a new addition this year, Steve Skojec, among other terrific speakers.

Below is the conference schedule.  To register for the conference, and for additional details on location, hotels, etc., please see the conference website.

Viva Christ Rey!
The Rise of the
Catholic Counter Revolution

Friday, 9 September: 
6:30 p.m.; Solemn High Mass

7:30 p.m.—10:00 p.m.; cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres; 
Speaker—Dr. John Rao;
Author and Professor at St. John University, New York City; "The Slow and Difficult Birth of the Catholic Counterrevolutionary Vision: 1789-1864"

Saturday, 10 September:
7:00 a.m. Low Mass; Fr. Gregory Pendergraft, FSSP, celebrant

8:30 a.m.—9:30 a.m.; Registration—coffee and pastries

9:30 a.m.;
Michael Matt; editor of The Remnant; "Agents of Demons: On the Pope’s Commemoration of the Protestant Revolt"

10:30 a.m.;
John Vennari; editor of the Catholic Family News; "Update: A Brit-Com Guide to the Vatican"

11:30 a.m. - Lunch

12:30 p.m.; Steve Skojec; founding publisher and executive director of One Peter Five

2:00 p.m.; Chris Ferrara; president of American Catholic Lawyers, Inc.; "Rolling Back the Zeitgeist: It Can be Done. It Has Been Done!"

3:00 p.m.; Fr. John Brucciani, bursar of Society of St. Pius X; "What 'Viva Christo Rey' Really Means"

5:00 p.m.—6:00 p.m.; cocktail reception

6:00 p.m.; dinner; featured speaker:
Fr. Gregory Pendergraft,
Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter; "The Virtue of Prudence or the Vice of Cowardice?"

Sunday, 11 September:
8:30 a.m.; coffee and refreshments

9:00 a.m.; Lawrence Meo; Juventutem, Lehigh Valley, Penn.; "Restoring the Catholic Faith"

10:00 a.m.; town hall style discussion with entire panel of speakers

12:00 noon; High Mass; Fr. Ladis Cizik of the Diocese of Pittsburgh