Cardinal Burke on the Synod on the Family - Henkels Lecture Series | Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • The Synod on the Family: 
    Addressing the Instrumentum Laboris

    Keynote: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke

    Followed by a Panel Discussion

    September 8, 2015
  • Lecture and Panel Discussion Videos

  • The Ordinary General Synod of Bishops will meet for the 14th time from October 4-25, 2015, in the Vatican adressing the theme, "The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world."

    As the bishops prepare to meet, the "working document" for their preparation and eventual discussion, the Instrumentum Laboris, has received much scrutiny. His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, the Cardinal Patronus of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, will deliver a keynote address at Franciscan University concerning the synod and the issues it will address.

    Following his address, Cardinal Burke will be joined by eight experts in various fields of theology and philosophy. The members of the panel have all submitted essays on various aspects of the Instrumentum Laboris for inclusion in a book to be published by Emmaus Road before the synod.

    The day will begin with a Pontifical High Mass in the Extraordinary Form offered by Cardinal Burke at St. Peter Parish in downtown Steubenville with sacred music supplied by the University's Schola Cantorum Franciscana, directed by Nicholas Will, professor of Sacred Music, and accompanied on the organ by Andrew Barnick '15.

    Learn more about the October Synod and the Instrumentum Laboris from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops ››

    See the photos from the Pontifical Solemn High Mass here ›› 

    Visit the Lecture photos here ››

    Schedule of Events

    • 10:30 a.m.
      Pontifical High Mass (Extraordinary Form)
      St. Peter Catholic Church, 425 N. 4th St., Steubenville, Ohio
    • 6:00 p.m.
      "Keynote Address on the Synod" by Cardinal Burke
      Finnegan Fieldhouse*
    • 6:50 p.m.
      Panel Discussion on the Instrumentum Laboris
      Finnegan Fieldhouse*
      Panelists (with area of expertise):
      • Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke
      • Fr. Sean O. Sheridan, TOR, Professor of Theology (Canon Law) and President of Franciscan University of Steubenville
      • Dr. Donal Asci, Professor of Theology (Moral Theology), Franciscan University of Steubenville
      • Dr. John Bergsma, Professor of Theology (Biblical Theology), Franciscan University of Steubenville
      • Mrs. Pia Crosby, MA Student in Theology (Patristics), Franciscan University of Steubenville
      • Dr. Peter Kwasniewski, Professor of Theology and Philosophy (Liturgical Theology), Wyoming Catholic College
      • Dr. Patrick Lee, McAleer Professor of Bioethics (Bioethics), Franciscan University of Steubenville
      • Dr. Stephen Hildebrand, Professor of Theology (Patristics), Franciscan University of Steubenville
      • Dr. Michael Sirilla, Professor of Theology (Systematic Theology), Franciscan University of Steubenville.


    *Due to a tremendous response we expect a crowd much larger than the Gentile Gallery can handle. This event has been moved to Finnegan Fieldhouse.

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