Christendom College

Christendom to Host Prominent Speakers at Conference on Apologetics

December 12, 2014

2015-Summer-ConferenceChristendom College will hold its biennial summer conference on Saturday, July 11, 2015 at its Front Royal, Va., campus. The one-day conference, “Encountering Christ: Apologetics and the New Evangelization,” will feature prominent speakers Marcus Grodi, Scott Hahn, Patrick Madrid, Dr. Timothy O’Donnell, Dr. Brendan McGuire, and Dr. R.J. Matava.

The speakers will cover a wide variety of topics focused on linking apologetics with the New Evangelization and how these aspects may be applied to every facet of life.

Dr. Timothy O’Donnell will begin the conference with a talk on “Traditional Apologetics and the New Evangelization.” O’Donnell is the president of Christendom College, where he also teaches courses in history and theology. He is the author of “Heart of the Redeemer” and “Swords Around the Cross: The Nine Years War.” He has filmed many programs for the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) including “Glory of the Papacy” and “Rome’s Hidden Churches.”

Scott Hahn will follow with a discussion on marriage in scripture. Hahn, a Professor of Theology and Scripture at Franciscan University of Steubenville, is also the founder and director of the Saint Paul Center for Biblical Theology. An exceptionally popular speaker and teacher, Hahn has delivered numerous talks nationally and internationally on a wide variety of topics related to Scripture and the Catholic faith.

Patrick Madrid of ETWN will also speak. Madrid hosts the popular “Right Here, Right Now” radio show, which is broadcast on the EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network. He has also hosted several EWTN television series, including “Pope Fiction,” “Search & Rescue,” and “Where Is That In the Bible?” He has authored or edited 21 books on Catholic themes.

Dr. R.J. Matava will deliver an address on “Conversion and the New Evangelization.” Matava, a professor of theology at Christendom’s Graduate School, was the Liddon Fellow at Oxford’s Keble College where he taught students and completed his doctoral thesis on the “Controversy de Auxiliis,” the sixteenth-century dispute between Dominican and Jesuit theologians on the relationship between grace and free will.

Dr. Brendan McGuire will speak as well. McGuire is a professor of history at Christendom College who specializes in the classical and medieval periods of history. He received his doctoral degree in medieval history from Saint Louis University, and in recent years has presented scholarly research on various historical topics at prestigious regional, national, and international conferences.

Finally, Marcus Grodi will emcee the event delivering an address and leading a Q&A panel at the conference’s conclusion. Grodi serves as the Founder and President of The Coming Home Network International, a non-profit Catholic lay apostolate aimed at helping our separated brethren, both clergy and laity, come home to the Catholic Church. He also hosts “The Journey Home,” a weekly live television program, and “Deep In Scripture,” a weekly live radio program, both on EWTN.

Registration opens in January and spacing is limited. Find out more at christendom.edu/conference.

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