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Portsmouth Institute Summer Conference

Portsmouth Institute

Registration is now open for the
Portsmouth Institute's 2015 Summer Conference,
"Like a Shepherd He Will Tend His Flock:
Understanding the Francis Papacy
"

Pope Francis

June 19-21, 2015
Portsmouth Abbey
Rhode Island
Register Online

“This I ask you: Be shepherds, with the ‘odor of the sheep,’ make it real, as shepherds among your flock, fishers of men.” –Pope Francis Chrism Mass, March 28, 2013.

The Portsmouth Institute for Faith and Culture invites you to kick off the summer at our sixth Summer Conference, “Like a Shepherd He Will Tend His Flock: Understanding the Francis Papacy,” on June 19-21, 2015, featuring keynote speaker Cardinal Seán Patrick O’Malley. 

Hosted at Portsmouth Abbey, a Benedictine monastery and school located on the banks of the Narragansett Bay in scenic Rhode Island, the conference will foster an authentic understanding of Pope Francis and will explore the major themes of his papacy.

Conference speakers include:

  • Cardinal Seán Patrick O’Malley, Archdiocese of Boston
  • Ross Douthat, New York Times
  • R.R. Reno, First Things
  • Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig, The New Republic
  • Fr. Roger Landry, Diocese of Fall River and Catholic Voices USA
  • Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review
  • John Carr, Georgetown University's Initiative on Catholic Social Thought & Public Life
  • Anna Bonta Moreland, Villanova University
  • Christopher White, Co-author of Renewal: How a New Generation of Faithful Priests and Bishops Is Revitalizing the Catholic Church

....and many more

Following the Benedictine tradition of intellectual dialogue and spiritual formation, the Summer Conference presents the best of contemporary scholarship on faith and culture, and provides opportunities for all attendees to experience the rich, prayerful life of a Benedictine monastery. We invite you to seek answers to a number of important questions regarding Pope Francis, including:

  • Who is Pope Francis? How does his background — as an Argentinian, a Jesuit, a pastor — motivate his faith and mission?
  • How does Pope Francis encourage us to live out the teachings of the Church?
  • What are the main challenges confronting the Church at this point in history, and how is Pope Francis confronting them?
  • How should the Holy Father’s teachings on economics and the “throwaway culture” influence American social and economic policy?
  • How should we understand Pope Francis’s reformational zeal within the context of Church history?

Register today to explore this timely and engaging topic with opinion makers, Church leaders, and friends. 

Please contact Christopher Fisher at cfisher@portsmouthinstitute.org or 401.643.1255 with any questions.

“Listen carefully, my son, to the master’s instructions, and attend to them with the ear of your heart.”

Prologue, 1

“This is advice from a father who loves you; welcome it, and faithfully put it into practice.”

Prologue, 1

“First of all, every time you begin a good work, you must pray to him most earnestly to bring it to perfection.”

Prologue, 4

“If you desire true and eternal life, keep your tongue free from vicious talk and your lips from all deceit; turn away from evil and do good; let peace be your quest and aim. (Ps 33[34]:13)”

Prologue, 17

“Clothed then with faith and the performance of good works, let us set out on this way, with the Gospel for our guide, that we may deserve to see him who has called us to his kingdom (1 Thess 2:12).”

Prologue, 21

“If we wish to dwell in the tent of this kingdom, we will never arrive unless we run there by doing good deeds.”

Prologue, 22

“What is not possible to us by nature, let us ask the Lord to supply by the help of his grace.”

Prologue, 41

“Therefore, we intend to establish a school for the Lord’s service.”

Prologue, 45

“The good of all concerned, however, may prompt us to a little strictness in order to amend faults and to safeguard love.”

Prologue, 47

“The reason why we have said all should be called for counsel is that the Lord often reveals what is better to the younger.”

Chapter 3, 3

“Your way of acting should be different from the world’s way; the love of Christ must come before all else.”

Chapter 4, 20-21

“Never give a hollow greeting of peace or turn away when someone needs your love.” –Chapter 4, 25-26

“Bind yourself to no oath lest it prove false, but speak the truth with heart and tongue.”

Chapter 4, 27-28

“Place your hope in God alone.”

Chapter 4, 41

“Respect the elders and love the young.”

Chapter 4, 70-71

“Pray for your enemies out of love for Christ. “

Chapter 4, 72

“If you have a dispute with someone, make peace with him before the sun goes down.”

Chapter 4, 73

“The first step of humility is unhesitating obedience, which comes naturally to those who cherish Christ above all.”

Chapter 5, 1-2

“Speaking and teaching are the master’s task; the disciple is to be silent and listen.”

Chapter 6, 6

“The first step of humility, then, is that a man keeps the fear of God always before his eyes (PS 35[36]:2) and never forgets it.”

Chapter 7, 10

“Let us consider, then, how we ought to behave in the presence of God and his angels, and let us stand to sing the psalms in such a way that our minds are in harmony with our voices.”

Chapter 19, 6-7

“On arising for the Work of God, they will quietly encourage each other, for the sleepy like to make excuses.”

Chapter 22, 8

“Every age and level of understanding should receive appropriate treatment.”

Chapter 30, 1

“Above all, let him be humble. If goods are not available to meet a request, he will offer a kind word in reply, for it is written: A kind word is better than the best gift (Sir 18:17).”

Chapter 31, 13-14

“Let all the rest serve one another in love.”

Chapter 35, 6

“Indeed, nothing is to be preferred to the Work of God.”

Chapter 43, 3

“Idleness is the enemy of the soul. Therefore, the brothers should have specified periods for manual labor as well as for prayerful reading.”

Chapter 48, 1

“The life of a monk ought to be a continuous Lent.”

Chapter 49, 1

“All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ, for he himself will say: I was a stranger and you welcomed me (Matt 25:35).”

Chapter 53, 1

“Proper honor must be shown to all, especially to those who share our faith (Gal 6:10) and to pilgrims.”

Chapter 53, 2

“(B)ecause wherever we may be, we are in the service of the same Lord and doing battle for the same King.”

Chapter 61, 10

They should each try to be the first to show respect to the other (Rom 12:10).”

Chapter 63, 17

“We wish this rule to be read often in the community, so that none of the brothers can offer the excuse of ignorance.”

Chapter 66, 8

“Trusting in God’s help, he must in love obey.”

Chapter 68, 5

Never to do another what you do not want done to yourself (Tob 4:16).”

Chapter 70, 7

“No one is to pursue what he judges better for himself, but instead, what he judges better for someone else.”

Chapter 72, 7

“Let them prefer nothing whatever to Christ, and may he bring us all together to everlasting life.”

Chapter 72, 11-12

“What page, what passage of the inspired books of the Old and New Testaments is not the truest of guides for human life?”

Chapter 73, 3

“What book of the holy catholic Fathers does not resoundingly summon us along the true way to reach the Creator?”

Chapter 73, 4

 

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