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Pre-Convention Topics

  • W1. Instructing Marriage Nullity Cases, presented by Rev. Paul Counce
  • W2. New and Emerging Models of Consecrated Life, presented by Sr. Amy Hereford, CSJ; Sr. Karla Felix-Rivera, VDMF; and Christina Hip-Flores


Keynote Address Topic

  • Reflections on Church Structures and the Norms that Support Them: Promoting and Sustaining Communio, Most Rev. Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Indianapolis, Indiana


Major Address Topics

  •  The Impact of the Teachings of Vatican Council II on Marriage in the Twenty-First Century, Very Rev. Anthony Kerin
  •  Global Perspectives on the Local Church and the Universal Communio, Most Rev. Bernard Hebda, Coadjutor Archbishop of Newark, New Jersey


Seminar Topics

  • Interecclesial Structures in the Eastern Code, Rev. Jobe J. Abbass, OFM Conv.

  • The Use of Electronic Media in Church Structures, Dr. Michael Nobel
  •  Recent Developments in the Law on Temporal Goods, Rev. Msgr. John Renken
  •  Models of Shared Responsibility Since Vatican Council II, Most Reverend Charles Thompson and Dr. Brian Reynolds
  •  Diocesan Review Boards as Structures of Communio, Sr. Sharon Euart, RSM
  •  Communio in the Presbyterate, Rev. Ronald Knott
  •  How to Evaluate First Instance Decisions in Second Instance, Rev. Msgr. Roch Pagé
  •  The Ground of Error Determining the Will, Dr. Lynda Robitaille
  •  Tribunal Management, Dr. Kelly O’Donnell and Rev. Anthony Bawyn
  •   Parish Membership and Territoriality, Rev. Lawrence DiNardo
  •  Transitioning Sponsorship on Religious Institutes, Brother Patrick Shea, OFM
  •  Canon 1095, 2: Lack of Internal Freedom on Matrimonial Consent, Rev. Jaimes Ponce
  •  Elements in Writing a Sentence in Matrimonial Cases, Rev. Thomas E. Cronkleton, Jr.
  •  Fiscal Irresponsibility and the Communio of Marriage, Timothy J. Cavanaugh



Presenters (alphabetical)

Pre-Convention Workshops
Rev. Paul Counce, JCL, Judicial Vicar, Diocese of Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Sr. Karla Felix-Rivera, VDMF, JCD-Cand.
Christina Hip Flores, Consecrated Virgin, JCD-Cand.
Sr. Amy Hereford, CSJ, JD, JCD, Private Practice, St. Louis, Missouri

Major Addresses
Most Rev. Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Indianapolis, Indiana
Very Rev. Anthony Kerin, Episcopal Vicar, Marriage, Life & Family, Adjutant Judicial Vicar, Pastor
Most Rev. Bernard Hebda, Coadjutor Archbishop of Newark, New Jersey


Rev. Jobe J. Abbass, OFM Conv., JCD, Tenured Full Professor, Saint Paul University, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Rev. Anthony Bawyn, JCD, Judicial Vicar, Archdiocese of Seattle, Washington

Timothy J. Cavanaugh, JCL, Defender of the Bond & Promoter of Justice, Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin
Rev. Thomas E. Cronkleton, Jr., JCD, Judicial Vicar, Diocese of Cheyenne, Wyoming
Very Rev. Lawrence DiNardo, JCL, Vicar-General/General Secretary, Diocese of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Sr. Sharon Euart, RSM, JCD, Executive Director, Resource Center for Religious Institutes, Silver Spring, Maryland
Rev. Ronald Knott, D.Min, Founding Director of the Institute for Priests and Presbyterates, St. Meinrad Seminary
Michael Nobel, JCL, PhD, Professor, Saint Paul University, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Kelly E. O’Donnell, JCD, Judge/Canonical Consultant, Diocese of Fresno, California
Rev. Msgr. Roch Pagé, JCD, Judicial Vicar, Canadian Appeal Tribunal
Rev. Jaimes Ponce, JCD, Defender of the Bond, Diocese of Colorado Springs, Colorado
Rev. Msgr. John Renken, M.A. (Civil Law), STD, JCD, Vice Dean and Director of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Canon Law, Saint Paul University, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Dr. Brian B. Reynolds, Ed.D, Chancellor, Archdiocese of Louisville, Kentucky
Lynda Robitaille, JCD, Dean of Theology, St. Mark’s College, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Brother Patrick T. Shea, OFM, JD, JCD, Vice-Chancellor, Diocese of Springfield in Illinois
Most Reverend Charles C. Thompson, DD, JCL, Bishop of Evansville, Illinois

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