2015 Convocation Daily Schedule




Action Packed!!!

A Thrill a Minute!!

Better than the ‘Cats!

It’s the 47th annual NFPC Convocation of Priests!!

This year, in response to the Synod on the Family, we present:

Father, Brother, Son:

The Role of the Priest on the Family of God.

Our event begins on Monday April 19th with our Opening Reception at 5:00 pm followed by Evening Prayer and a Welcome Address and Introductions.

Dinner will be served at 6:30 pm. After dinner, our reception continues in our exhibit space until 9:00 pm, when the action moves to the Hospitality Suite until 11:00 pm.

On Tuesday April 20th, after breakfast and Morning Prayer, we will hear from Archbishop Joseph Kurtz:



Archbishop Kurtz will explore an overview of the twin synods on the family and ways for bishops and priests to work together in serving and empowering families.  There will be opportunity for questions and answers.

After a short break, we will explore our role as spiritual fathers by hearing from Mr. Joe Ollier:

“…Yet you do not have many fathers…”: Fatherhood, Priesthood, and the Laity

We all call you “Father,” but what does that mean?  For lay people, fatherhood carries with it certain connotations and expectations in relationship to the domestic Church which carry over into our relationship with priests as spiritual fathers. This talk will make comparisons between fatherhood as lay people experience it in daily life and the spiritual fatherhood we look for in our priests.

​Our afternoon speaker is Fr. Lou Cameli who will give us a priest’s point of view with:

Who Am I Now? Father, Son, Brother? — Making Sense of Priest’s Complex Web of Relationships to Bishops, People, and Each Other

At 4:00 pm, we will board the bus for the short ride to the Cathedral of the Assumption for our Convocation Eucharist with Archbishop Kurtz as our main celebrant.

A Reception and Banquet follows​ where we will present our Touchstone and Mandatum Awards. We end the evening at the Hospitality Suite.

On Wednesday April 22nd, after breakfast and Morning Prayer, we will hear from Fr. Ralph O’Donnell, the new director of the Office of Clergy Consecrated Life and Vocations of the USCCB.

After the morning break, Fr. Tony Cutcher, NFPC President, will give his president’s address, highlighting our programs and status.

After lunch, is a free afternoon – attendees are encouraged to take advantage of one of the local tours – from Cathedrals to Casinos, there is something for everyone. Once again , the day ends in the Hospitality Suite.

Thursday April 21st, after breakfast and Morning Prayer, the House of Delegates convenes to approve the budget and help chart the future of NFPC.

The Convocation adjourns with an invitation to join us for the 48th Annual Convocation at the Marriott East in Indianapolis, IN April 17-21, 2016.