A magnificent Conference to be held in Rome

If you are in Rome on the weekend of 13-15 May, you have the chance to participate in a most remarkable Conference, including a Pontifical High Mass at the Altar of the Chair in St Peter's celebrated by the Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship.

The Associazione Giovani e Tradizione (Youth and Tradition Association) and the Sodality of Priestly Friends of Summorum Pontificum are holding the third Conference on the Motu Proprio in Rome from 13-15 May 2011 with the theme "Hope for the entire Church."

The Conference is supported by officials of the Ecclesia Dei Commission, the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter, the Institute of Christ the King, Sovereign Priest, and the Franciscans of the Immaculate.

On the first evening of the conference, there will be a spiritual conference given at Ssma Trinita dei Pellegrini  by Fr Cassian Folsom OSB and Bishop Athansius Schneider will celebrate Pontifical Vespers.

On the Saturday, there will be seven papers given in the Aula Minor of the Angelicum. Speakers include Cardinal Cañizares Llovera, and Cardinal Kurt Koch - the line-up is outstanding so take a look at the English translation of the programme (Word document.)

The Conference will conclude with Pontifical Mass at the Faldstool in St Peter’s Basilica, celebrated by His Eminence Antonio Cardinal Cañizares Llovera. At the Mass, the chant will be sung by the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music at Rome, and the polyphony (including Palestrina's Missa Papae Marcelli) will be sung by the Domenico Bartolucci Foundation Choir, directed by Cardinal Bartolucci himself. Priests, Deacons and Seminarians are invited to assist in choro and must be in the Sacristy of St Peter's by 7.30am.

Sadly (to put it mildly), I will be leaving Rome on a flight that takes off at around the time the Conference begins on the Friday afternoon. I shall be returning to my humble work in the vineyard of the Lord and will pray earnestly for the success of this magnificent Conference.

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