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2015 Pre-Convention Workshop Offerings
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The Canon Law Society is pleased to offer two pre-convention workshops in conjunction with our annual convention. The workshops immediately precede the general convention, and registration fees include continental breakfast, coffee breaks, a reception, and other networking opportunities.

Workshops begin Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 9:00am and conclude at noon on Monday, October 12, 2015.



Workshop 1. Instructing Marriage Nullity Cases: Discovering the Truth, Identifying the Void

Very Rev. Paul Counce, JCL

To instruct a marriage case in the Tribunal means identifying and organizing in proper fashion those things essential to the case which can be known, but it also means identifying those things which are unnecessary or not known. In this basic workshop, using sample materials and sharing experiences and insights, the process of instructing cases will be studied, with key steps and pitfalls highlighted, “best practices” suggested, and helpful insights made. We shall all learn together!


Workshop 2. New Institutes and Forms of Consecrated Life Emerging in Your Arch/Diocese: A Pastoral–Canonical Approach

Sr. Amy Hereford, CSJ, JCD
Sr. Karla Felix-Rivera, VDMF, and Christina Hip-Flores, JCD-Candidates

This workshop, offered during the celebration of the Year of Consecrated Life, will explore the various ways in which the Life of the Spirit is stirring anew in the Church today through new religious institutes, diocesan hermits and consecrated virgins, new forms of consecrated life, and the lay ecclesial movements that may give rise to new institutes. Each of these movements calls for a response that is both open to the Spirit and is canonically precise.

The workshop will explore the new ways religious are sharing their lives and spirituality with the laity, special concerns of autonomous monasteries, religious who move into a diocese for ministry or fund-raising, ecumenical communities, civil issues that may arise in this context, etc.

Chancery staff who advise their bishop on these matters will benefit and are encouraged to attend. 


  • EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: $275 for all registrations made prior to/on September 4, 2015
  • STANDARD TICKET: $325 for all registrations made after September 4, 2015

If you plan to attend the general convention and a pre-convention workshop, please register hereYou will be prompted to toggle the general convention registration ticket, as well as the workshop ticket of your choice.

If you wish to register for ONLY a pre-convention workshop (and you do not plan to attend the general conference), please select an option below and proceed to checkout:

  1. I wish to register for Workshop One.
  2. I wish to register for Workshop Two.


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