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Priests for an Apostolic Age

Priests for an Apostolic Age

January 24-26, 2023 | Dallas, TX

A conference dedicated to equipping priests for apostolic leadership.

Priests for an Apostolic Age

Early Bird Registration open NOW through October 15!

We are excited to invite you to our first-ever conference dedicated specifically to equipping priests for apostolic leadership. Join us in Dallas this January for a prayerful, inspiring, and practical experience that will give you vision and tools to recharge your ministry and activate apostolic laity in your community.

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Priests for an Apostolic Age Video Invitation

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You know the ache and frustration of trying to reach people outside of the Church with the good news of Jesus. You know you can’t do it on your own. You need lay people in your community awakened to their vocation. More than anyone else, lay people are positioned to reach those outside of the Church or on the fringes of the Church. You can equip them to take up this mission.

In this conference, learn how an outdated understanding of the parish may be holding you back from sending dozens of parishioners every year into fruitful mission in the world. With the right formation and support, your parishioners can reach every corner of your community with the gospel and make disciples of their neighbors, co-workers, friends, and family.

Gather in fellowship with priests who share the same convictions and goals. Gain deeper clarity around the vocation of the laity and the parish’s role in preparing them for mission in a post-Christian culture. Learn how to leverage your influence to inspire and activate a movement of evangelization and personal apostolate in your community.

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Priests for an Apostolic Age Speakers

Meet the Speakers

We are excited to introduce these dynamic speakers to the conference lineup! These speakers are informative, engaging, and passionate about building up priests for apostolic leadership in their communities!

  • Monsignor James Shea

    President of the University of Mary; Author

  • Jason Simon

    President, The Evangelical Catholic

  • Dave Durand

    Author; Public Speaker; Entrepreneur

  • Fr. Michael Berry, OCD

    Provincial, Immaculate Heart of Mary Province

  • Peter Andrastek

    Senior Consultant

  • Andrea Jackson

    Lead Content Creator and Ministry Consultant

  • André Lesperance

    Senior Content Creator and Ministry Consultant

Priests for an Apostolic Age Conference Schedule

Event Schedule (tentative)

Day One

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

  • Conference Check-in

    11:00 am

    Hotel lower level

  • Welcome/General Session: The Church’s Great Evangelical Call

    2:00 pm

  • Break

    3:30 pm

    Exhibit Tables Open

  • General Session: The Sleeping Giant

    4:00 pm

  • Meet Your Small Group

    5:00 pm

  • Break

    5:30 pm

    Confession Available, Exhibit Tables Open

  • Welcome Reception

    6:00 pm

  • Dinner on Your Own

    7:00 pm

  • Social/Networking

    9:00 pm

    Hotel Lounge

Day Two

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

  • Optional Holy Hour

    6:30 am

    Blessed Sacrament Exposed

  • Morning Prayer

    7:30 am

  • Breakfast on Your Own

    8:00 am

    Confession Available, Exhibit Tables Open

  • Keynote: Msgr. James P. Shea

    9:00 am

    President, University of Mary; Author of From Christendom to Apostolic Mission

  • Break

    10:00 am

    Confession Available, Exhibit Tables Open

  • General Session: The Parish as Fuel for Apostolic Activity

    10:30 am

  • Small Groups

    11:30 am

  • Mass

    12:00 pm

  • Lunch

    12:30 pm

    Exhibit Tables Open

  • Break

    1:00 pm

    Confession Available

  • Interactive Session: Part 1: Setting Your Apostolic Trajectory

    2:00 pm

  • Break

    3:30 pm

    Exhibit Tables Open

  • Interactive Session: Part 2: Setting Your Apostolic Trajectory

    4:00 pm

  • General Session: Balancing the Needs of Christendom with Growing Apostolic Mission

    5:00 pm

  • Dinner on Your Own

    6:00 pm

  • Social/Networking

    8:00 pm

    Hotel Lounge

Day Three

Thursday, January 26, 2023

  • Optional Holy Hour

    6:30 am

    Blessed Sacrament Exposed

  • Morning Prayer

    7:30 am

  • Breakfast on Your Own

    8:00 am

    Confession Available, Exhibit Tables Open

  • General Session: Panel of Apostolic Priests

    9:00 am

  • Break

    10:00 am

    Confession Available

  • Small Group

    10:30 am

  • General Session: Episcopal Exhortation

    11:00 am

  • Mass

    12:00 pm

  • Lunch

    12:30 pm

    Exhibit Tables Open

  • Break

    1:00 pm

    Confession Available

  • General Session Part 1: Training to Bolster Influence

    2:00 pm

  • Break

    3:30 pm

    Exhibit Tables Open

  • General Session Part 2: Training to Bolster Influence

    4:00 pm

  • General Session: Surrender and Commissioning

    5:00 pm

  • Cocktail Reception

    6:00 pm

  • The Avery Cardinal Dulles Apostolic Activity Award Banquet

    7:00 pm

  • Social/Networking

    9:00 pm

    Hotel Lounge

Conference Co-Sponsored By:

OSV Institute for Catholic Innovation

Leading for Innovation | January 23-24

Join us for an optional pre-conference gathering as we explore how to listen empathetically to the needs of the parish more effectively, ideate more quickly, and ultimately architect ministry moments that matter.

Lodging

Hyatt Regency – DFW International Airport

Dallas, TX 75261

Join us at the Hyatt Regency at the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) intl. airport from Tuesday, January 24 to Friday, January 27, 2023. The Hyatt Regency is conveniently located adjacent to the airport and provides a complimentary shuttle service to the hotel from DFW baggage claim. There is no airport transportation cost for attendees.

Conference attendees will receive a discounted hotel rate of $169/night plus tax by booking through the hotel link provided. The room block is limited, so do not delay in booking your room. All reservations must be made by January 3, 2023.

There are two Hyatts at DFW – The Grand Hyatt and the Hyatt Regency. The conference is being held at the Hyatt Regency.

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Priests for an Apostolic Age FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What is “Priests for an Apostolic Age”?

Priests for an Apostolic Age is a conference for priests who desire to see their parishioners activated for mission in today’s post-Christian world. It includes fellowship with other apostolic priests, times of communal and private prayer, and ideas and practical tools for exercising your influence as a priest to send apostolic laity into the world.

Who should attend this event?

Bishops and priests in good standing from dioceses and religious orders. This event is specifically for priests, so seminarians and deacons are not included.

Where is this event taking place?

Hyatt Regency Dallas at the DFW Airport. You can visit their website here

There are two Hyatt properties at the DFW airport – the Grand Hyatt and the Hyatt Regency. Our event will take place at the Hyatt Regency.

How much does the conference cost to attend?

The conference cost is $379 (Early bird rate) through October 15; and full price is $429 through January 15, 2023.

How do I make a reservation at the Hyatt Regency DFW?

You can make a reservation through our event website. The room block is limited so don’t delay!  For more general information about the Hyatt, you can visit  their website here.

What is the room rate per night?

The discounted room rate for attendees is $169.99 per night, plus tax.

If I live within driving distance, do I have to stay at the Hyatt?

No, you do not have to stay at the Hyatt. Daily parking at the airport is available to attendees who are driving to the conference.

What are the parking options for those transporting themselves to the event?

Self Parking:

Terminal parking areas inside the airport: $24/day

Express parking, uncovered: $12/day

Express parking, covered: $15/day

Remote parking on airport grounds: $10/day

What should I bring to this event?

Money for three breakfasts and two dinners; vestments for Mass if you are concelebrating, and a stole if you would like to hear confessions.

Do I need to find transportation from the airport to the hotel?

If you plan to fly into DFW, you can take the free Hyatt shuttle to the hotel at no cost. The shuttle ride is less than five minutes. If you are driving, you will be able to park at the hotel for a daily fee ranging from $10-24.

I see that only 3 meals are covered throughout the conference, where should I get my other meals?

The Hyatt has three restaurants onsite and provides a free shuttle service to downtown Grapevine, TX (just a few minutes away) where you will find great restaurants all within walking distance in the charming downtown area. We are encouraging attendees to spend the evenings relaxing and being in community with one another, so make plans to attend dinner with others! There are also two on-site options for breakfast, or you are free to bring something on your own.  A recommendation list will be provided prior to the conference.

Do you offer any discounts for this event?

If you register before Oct 15, 2022, you will receive a discount of $50 off the full price registration fee of $429.

What is the schedule for this event?

Check in begins at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, January 24, and the first session will begin at 2:00 PM. The event ends on Thursday, January 26 following a closing evening banquet.  A tentative schedule can be found here.

Will there be Mass every day?

Yes, there will be a Mass each day, including a travelers Mass on Friday morning following the conference.   

Can I concelebrate at the liturgies for this event?

Yes, all attendees are encouraged to participate in the liturgies, as well as sign up to hear confessions.

Do I need to bring my own vestments?

Yes, you will need to bring your own vestments and stole if you are hearing confessions.

How do I sign up to concelebrate or hear confessions?

Once you register, you will receive a follow up survey so you can determine how you would like to participate. 

I’ve registered for the conference but am no longer able to attend. What are my options?

To cancel/receive a refund:

Refund requests must be received in writing by email by December 24, 2022. A refund of the conference registration fee, less $100, will be granted for all email cancellation requests received by December 24, 2022. No refunds will be granted after this date.

To transfer your registration to another priest:

Canceled conference registrations may be transferred to another priest with no penalty by January 15, 2023.

I have a question not listed here. Who do I contact?

Please send all inquiries, questions, and concerns to ecevents@evangelicalcatholic.org.

JANUARY 24-26, 2023

Early Bird Registration Open Now!

Register now and save $50. Don’t miss this opportunity for fellowship and camaraderie among other mission-minded priests as you gain vital skills to send your community into the world equipped to share the good news.

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