Schedule - Charism of Priestly Celibacy

Please note:  This conference is open to registered participants and invited members of the Notre Dame community (Theology majors, seminarians, M.Div. students, graduate students in Theology, faculty).  If you are not part of one of these groups but would like to sit in on one or more of the talks, please contact Jenny Monahan ( to reserve a space.

Symposium on the Charism of Priestly Celibacy

February 15 – 17, 2012

All sessions will be in McKenna Hall unless specified otherwise.

Conference check-in will be in the McKenna Hall lobby/atrium.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

5:15 p.m.         Reception

6:00 p.m.         Opening Dinner and Welcome

The Most Reverend Allen Vigneron
Archbishop of Detroit

7:30 p.m.         Opening Remarks

John Cavadini, Ph.D.
McGrath-Cavadini Director, Institute for Church Life
University of Notre Dame

7:45 p.m.         “The Prophetic and Missionary Dimension of Priestly Celibacy”

Rev. Raniero Cantalamessa, O.F.M., Cap.
Preacher to the Pontifical Household in the Vatican

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Breakfast on your own (Both hotels offer complimentary full breakfast.)

8:30 a.m.           Morning Prayer (in the McKenna Hall Auditorium)

9:00 a.m.          “The Biblical Foundations of Priestly Celibacy”

Mary Healy, S.T.D.
Associate Professor of Sacred Scripture
Sacred Heart Major Seminary

10:00 a.m.       Break

10:30 a.m.       “The Origins and Practice of Priestly Celibacy in the Early Church”

Rev. Joseph T. Lienhard, S.J.
Professor of Theology, Fordham University
Editor, Traditio

11:30 a.m.       Break

11:45 a.m.       Lunch (Lower Level, McKenna Hall)

1:15 p.m.         “Configured to Christ: Celibacy and Human Formation”

Rev. Msgr. Michael Heintz, Ph.D.
Rector, St. Matthew Cathedral, South Bend
Director, Master of Divinity Program
University of Notre Dame

2:15 p.m.         Break

2:30 p.m.         “The Virginity of Jesus and the Celibacy of his Priests”

The Most Reverend Allen Vigneron
Archbishop of Detroit

3:30 p.m.         Break

3:45 p.m.         "The Fatherhood of the Celibate Priest"

Rev. Carter H. Griffin, S.T.D.
Vice-Rector of Blessed John Paul II Seminary
Vocations Director of the Archdiocese of Washington

4:45 p.m.         Break

5:15 p.m.         Mass  Basilica of the Sacred Heart

Please arrive at the Basilica sacristy by 4:50 p.m. if you would like to concelebrate the Mass.


6:15 p.m.         Reception  Morris Inn, Notre Dame Room


7:00 p.m.         Dinner  Morris Inn, Private Dining Rooms

Friday, February 17, 2012

7:00 a.m.           Opportunity to celebrate Mass, if you wish.   Please bring your own alb if possible; stoles will be provided.  (Alumni Hall Chapel, next to the Morris Inn)

Breakfast on your own (Both hotels offer complimentary full breakfast.)

8:15 a.m.         Morning Prayer (McKenna Hall Auditorium)

8:45 a.m.         “Beloved Disciples at the Table of the Lord:  Celibacy and the Pastoral Ministry of the Priest”

The Most Reverend J. Peter Sartain
Archbishop of Seattle

9:45 a.m.         Break

10:00 a.m.         "A Recent Study of Celibacy and the Priesthood: What Do the Data Tell Us?"

Rev. Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti, Ph.D.,  D.Min.
Clinical Associate Professor
Associate Dean for Seminary and Ministerial Programs
The Catholic University of America

11:00 a.m.       Break


11:15 a.m.       Plenary Session

Pastoral priorities
Pastoral strategies

12:00 p.m.       Lunch  Morris Inn, Private Dining Rooms