CNA Staff, Aug 6, 2020 / 13:00 pm
The Napa Institute has announced an online schedule for its annual conference in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The program includes remarks from Australian Cardinal George Pell.
The conference, the tenth annual session of the event, was originally planned to take place in July in Napa, California. This year it is being convened under the title "Finding Hope in the New America." Organizers said that although the event could not take place in-person, the schedule would not be "slimmed-down" but instead would feature an expanded speaker list.
John Meyer, executive director of the Napa Institute said that as recently as early July, there was "every intention of holding an in-person conference," but that "things progressed, the lockdown increased in California, and literally overnight we came to a place where we could no longer hold it."
The conference will take place August 14-15. Live streamed sessions will be held with speakers including Ryan T. Anderson of the Heritage Foundation, Prof. Robert P. George of Princeton, and author Arthur Brooks.
A key speaker at this year's event will be Cardinal George Pell, who will speak on his experience of suffering during the 13 months he spent in an Australian prison before being released earlier this year.
The two-day event will also include live web broadcast of Mass and prayer sessions, including sung evening prayer with the Dominican Sister of Mary, Mother of God.
In 2019, Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas was announced as the recipient of "The St. Thomas Aquinas Award for the Defense of Moral Truth," presented by the Napa Institute "in recognition of [his] indomitable defense and preservation of Christ's teachings through Natural Law and for enlightening the reason and faith of generations to come so that they may boldly go forth and proclaim the Gospel with courage and fortitude."
In addition to leading the Diocese of Tyler since 2012, Strickland is also the founder of the St. Philip Institute of Catechesis and Evangelization in the diocese.
In a release from the institute regarding the conferral of the award, Strickland referenced an article he wrote on the occasion of his consecration as a bishop.