Francis Cardinal Arinze will join other prominent speakers for Christendom College’s biennial summer conference, on Saturday, July 11, on its Front Royal, Va. campus. The one-day conference, titled “Encountering Christ: Apologetics and the New Evangelization,” will feature Cardinal Arinze, along with Marcus Grodi, Scott Hahn, Patrick Madrid, Timothy O’Donnell, Brendan McGuire, and R.J. Matava. Registration is now open for this event, and space is limited.
Over the course of the conference, speakers will cover a wide variety of topics exploring the various facets linking the New Evangelization and apologetics, and how one can relate these topics to their everyday life.
Cardinal Arinze, who has served on the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and as the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, will celebrate Mass and delivery the homily for the day.
Dr. Timothy O’Donnell will begin the conference, giving a talk on “Apologetics and the New Evangelization.” O’Donnell is the president of Christendom College, where he also teaches courses in history and theology.
Scott Hahn will follow with a discussion on “Consuming the Word: Encountering Christ in the New Testament” Hahn, a professor of theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, is also a prolific writer, and the founder and director of the Saint Paul Center for Biblical Theology.
Catholic radio personality Patrick Madrid will give a talk titled “Why be Catholic?” Besides his work in radio, Madrid 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 titled “Conversion and Apologetics: Personal Vocation as a Key to the New Evangelization.” Matava, a professor of theology at Christendom’s Graduate School, was the Liddon Fellow at Oxford’s Keble College.
Dr. Brendan McGuire will give a talk on “Historical Scholarship in the Thought of John Henry Newman.” McGuire is a professor of history at Christendom College who specializes in the classical and medieval periods of history.
Finally, Marcus Grodi will emcee the event, while also delivering an address titled “Helping Them Home,” 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 non-Catholics 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.
For more information on the summer conference, or to take advantage of the reduced early-bird registration rate, please visit here.