The Society of Catholic Priests 10th Anniversary Annual Conference




Wednesday, 3 October - Saturday, 6 October 2018



This October, we will gather at the beautiful and historic St. Mary the Virgin in Times Square to celebrate the witness of the Church's ancient, Catholic faith to a modern world. We will spend time in study, worship and fellowship as we explore the theology of baptism and its role in Catholic evangelism.

Keynote Speakers

Keynote Addresses: Dr. Johnson: "What Comes First Matters: Baptism and the Eucharist in the Church Today." Dr. Larson-Miller, "Holy Baptism and the Rhythms and Thresholds of Life." Bp Alexander, ""Baptismal Ecclesiology and Holy Orders: How They Relate and How They Are Distinctive."

The Rev'd Dr Lizette Larson-Miller

The Rev'd Dr. Lizette Larson-Miller is the Huron Lawson Professor at Huron University College (University of Western Ontario) where she teaches liturgical studies. In addition, Lizette is the Diocesan Liturgical Officer for the Diocese of Huron, the chair of IALC (International Anglican Liturgical Conference), and an active member of Societas Liturgica and the North American Academy of Liturgy. She has written extensively on liturgical history, sacramental theology, and sacramental rites, particularly rites with the sick, the dying, and the dead. She previously taught at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Notre Dame in Indiana, and LMU in Los Angeles. Lizette is a member of the Society and is currently serving a two-year term on the Provincial Council as theologian-at-large.

The Rt Rev'd Dr J. Neil Alexander

Bishop Alexander serves as dean of the School of Theology at the University of the South, and is also the professor of liturgy and the Charles Todd Quintard Professor of Theology. Bishop Alexander was elected the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Atlanta, serving from 2001 until 2012, leaving Atlanta to accept the appointment as dean of the School of Theology. During his time as Bishop of Atlanta, her focused on growing new congregations and ministries as well as developing an efficient communication strategy for the diocese. He has led multiple pilgrimages and mission trips to dioceses in Africa and placed a special focus on relationships with global-south dioceses. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Moravian College, and the University of South Carolina. He earned his master of divinity from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary and his doctor of theology in liturgics from The General Theological Seminary. He has published extensively in the fields of liturgics, homiletics, sacramental theology, and pastoral practice. His most recent publication, Celebrating Liturgical Time: Days, Weeks, and Seasons, a commentary on sacred time as expressed in the rites of the Book of Common Prayer.

The Rev'd Dr Maxwell Johnson

The Rev'd Dr. Maxwell E. Johnson is professor of liturgy in the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame and a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The author of over 75 articles and book chapters, and the author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of 20 books, Johnson's research focuses on Christian Initiation, the feasts and seasons of the liturgical year, and the Eucharist, as well as ecumenism and mariology. Recent books include The Church in Act: Lutheran Liturgical Theology in Ecumenical Conversation (Fortress Press) and a new edition of the Greek text, English translation, and an introduction to Lectures on the Christian Sacraments, ascribed to St Cyril of Jerusalem (St Vladimir's Seminary Press).


We will worship together in some of the most beautiful and sacred spaces of the Episcopal Church, including opening with an Evensong at St. Thomas Fifth Avenue, High Mass at St. Mary's high altar on Thursday, and Evensong and Benediction Friday evening at St. Mary's led by St. Mary's choir under the direction of Dr. David Hurd. Each day of the conference will be punctuated by study and prayer: morning prayer, daily Mass, Evensong, and sung Compline will form the rhythms of our time together.


This year we will not be reserving a block of rooms at one hotel, as has been our practice for conferences in the past. Instead we encourage you to book rooms near St. Mary the Virgin, 145 West 46th Street • New York, NY, 10036, (Times Square/Theater District). With number of new small, boutique hotels that have opened in New York recently as well as the popularity of AirBnB's, we will rely on each registrant to make arrangements for their own accommodations. AirBnB currently is offering accommodations in Manhattan under $200 per night. Search engines like Kayak and Hotels.Com will yield results you can tailor by geographic and other specific preferences, as well as provide information about subway access. Uber and cab service will be readily available for those who do may not choose to use public transportation.


All conference fees listed below are for registrations prior to September 1. Registration fees increase by $50 after the September 1 deadline. Financial assistance is available.
  • SCP Members- $225
  • Lay Religious, Seminarians, & Retired Clergy - $100
  • Non-Member Registrants - $275
  • Single Day Registration (Thursday, 10/4) - $75

Conference registration fee includes attendance at each of the keynote speaker presentations, dinner Wednesday and Thursday evening, lunch Thursday and Friday, copies of all the liturgies from the conference, and access to conference notes and materials.

Contact the Convener, Father Tripp Norris (email link) if you would like to inquire about financial assistance or if you have any questions about the conference.

Father, we thank you that you have called us to your service, to feed your people by word and sacrament. By the power of your Spirit, keep us faithful to you and to those in our care. Keep united in the bonds of peace and love the members of our Society, that by sharing in Christ’s priesthood here on earth, we may come to share in the joys of his eternal kingdom, where he reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, for ever and ever. Amen.

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