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 Pre-Convention Topics

  • W1. Practical Responses to Same-Sex Attraction and Gender Dysphoria: Ethical, Canonical, and Pastoral Considerations, presented by Diane L. Barr, JCD, JD, and  John A. Di Camillo, Ph.D., Be.L.
  • W2.An Abbreviated Rotal Matrimonial Processes Course in Light of Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus; and Mitis et Misericors Iesus, presented by Most Rev. Msgr. Pio Vito Pinto, accompanied by Rotal Auditor(s)

 Keynote Address Topic

  • Pope Francis: Fresh Perspectives on Synodality, presented by His Eminence Donald Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington

Major Address Topics

  •  Marriage, the Synods of Bishops, and Amoris Laetitia, presented by Rev. Msgr. John A. Alesandro, JCD, JD
  •  The Indispensable Role of the Laity in the Life of the Church, presented by Most Rev. Gerald M. Kicanas, D.D.

 Seminar Topics
  •  Partings: Separation of Members from Religious Institutes or Societies of Apostolic Life, Rev. Michael Joyce, CM, JCD
  • Responding to a New Allegation of Sexual Abuse of Minors After Resolution of Previous Allegations, Rev. Msgr. Frederick Easton, JCL

  • Is It Time to Rewrite the Code’s Canons Pertaining to Diocesan Archives?, John J. Treanor, MA, CA, CRM

  • The Challenge of the Definitive Sentence by the Defender of the Bond in Causes of Nullity of Marriage, William L. Daniel, JCD

  • Reflections on the 2015 Synod of the Family, Rev. Msgr. Patrick Lagges, JCD

  • Psychological Assessment and Therapy for Accused Clerics: Canonical and Moral Issues, Rev. Paul Golden, CM, JCD

  • Employment in the Church: Canon and Civil Law Issues, Rita F. Joyce, JCL, JD and Mary E. Santi, JCL

  • Collaboration in Adjudication, Zabrina Decker, JCD

  • Canon 1055 Revisited: Have We Been Missing Something?, Rev. Roger H. Keeler, JCD, and Lori Peery, JCL-Candidate

  • Welcome Mats and Open Doors: Welcoming New Religious Communities into a Diocese, Barbara Anne Cusack, JCD

  • Canon 903 and Other Restrictions on Ministerial Mobility, Rev. James J. Conn, SJ, JCD, JD

  • Are There Canonical Implications in the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia?, Eileen C. Jaramillo, JCL, D.Min.

  • What Do You See? A Glance at Ecclesial Families of Consecrated Life, Karla Felix-Rivera, VDMF, JCL

  • Clients are Many, but the Advocates are Few, Rev. Msgr. Ricardo Bass, JCL, and Patricia Dugan, JCL, JD

  • Synods, Councils, and Assemblies: Hierarchical Structures as Expressions of Synodal Governance, Chorbishop John D. Faris, JOD, JCL


 Presenters (alphabetical)


Pre-Convention Workshops

  • Diane L. Barr, JD, JCD, Chancellor, Archdiocese of Baltimore, Maryland
  • John A. Di Camillo, Ph.D., Be.L., Staff Ethicist, The National Catholic Bioethics Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Most Rev. Msgr. Pio Vito Pinto, Dean of the Roman Rota

Major Addresses

  • His Eminence Donald Cardinal Wuerl, MA, STD, Archbishop of Washington
  • Rev. Msgr. John A. Alesandro, STL, JCD, JD, PA, Judge-Instructor, Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York
  • Most Rev. Gerald F. Kicanas, D.D., Bishop of Tucson, Arizona


  • Rev. Msgr. Ricardo Bass, JCL, Pastor, Archdiocese of Detroit, Michigan
  • Rev. James J. Conn, SJ, JCD, JD, Professor, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Barbara Anne Cusack, JCD, Chancellor, Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • William L. Daniel, JCD, Assistant Professor, The Catholic University of America, School of Canon Law, Washington, District of Columbia
  • Zabrina Decker, JCD, Tribunal Chancellor, Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Patricia M. Dugan, JD, JCL, Owner/Partner of Patricia M. Dugan, Attorney at Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Rev. Msgr. Frederick Easton, JCL, Adjutant Judicial Vicar, Archdiocese of Indianapolis,
  • Indiana
  • Chorbishop John D. Faris, JCL, JOD, Professor, The Catholic University of America, School
  • of Canon Law, Washington, District of Columbia
  • Sr. Karla Felix-Rivera, VDMF, JCL, Defender of the Bond, Archdiocese of Los Angeles, California, and JCD/PhD Candidate, Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Rev. Paul Golden, CM, JCD, Director, Vincentian Canonical Services, Denver, Colorado
  • Eileen C. Jaramillo, JCL, DMin, Professor of Canon Law for Siena Heights University and University of Detroit-Mercy School of Civil Law, Michigan
  • Rev. Michael Joyce, CM, JCD, Local Superior, St. Mary’s of the Barrens, Perryville, Missouri
  • Rita F. Joyce, JCL, JD, Chancellor and Tribunal Judge, Diocese of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Rev. Roger H. Keeler, MTh, JCD, PhD, Executive Coordinator, Canon Law Society of America, Washington, District of Columbia
  • Rev. Msgr. Patrick R. Lagges, JCD, PhD, Chaplain, Calvert House, and Director, Hesburgh Sabbatical Program at CTU, Chicago, Illinois
  • Lori Peery, JD, MDiv, Archdiocese of San Antonio, Texas, JCL Student, Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Mary E. Santi, MDiv, JCL, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, Chancellor and Executive Director of Human Resources, Archdiocese of Seattle, Washington
  • John J. Treanor, MA, CA, CRM, Vice-Chancellor for Archives & Records Management, Diocese of Springfield in Illinois


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