The Third Annual Provincial Conference will take place on September 28 - October 1 at Christ Church, in Detroit, MI.
Our hope is that this year's Midwestern location will provide a greater ease of access and though we cannot avoid every major event in scheduling it, we have sought to avoid as many Diocesan Conventions as possible!
Following our custom over the past two conferences, this year's conference will begin with Evensong and Benediction on Wednesday the 28th. We'll end the evening of the 31st and say goodbye after a simple said Morning Prayer on Saturday, October 1st, giving everyone ample travel time to get home.
We look forward to seeing many of you in the Motor City. The Great Lakes Chapter, including the chapter's Episcopal Visitor, the Rt. Rev. Wendell N. Gibbs, Jr., 10th Bishop of Michigan, will be serving as our hosts for this year's conference For those who were able to make it in previous years, please feel free to share your thoughts on the bulletin board about your time there.
Final Conference Schedule!
The conference begins on Wednesday, September 28th, from 4:00-5:30 with registration and social hour followed by Solemn Evensong with Benediction. The schedule below is considered finalized, but of course may change slightly due to any unforseen circumstances.
4:00-5:30 Registration and Social Hour
5:30 Solemn Evensong and Benediction
6:30 Dinner (Provided at Christ Church)
7:30 Welcome & Thoughts, Fr. David Cobb, Society Convener
9:00 Sung Compline
8:00 Morning Prayer
9:00 Opening Meditation, Mtr. Erika Takacs
10:45 Catholic Evangelism in Context: One Anglo-Catholic Church Plant, Fr. Tripp Norris
12:30 Lunch (Provided at Christ Church)
2:00 Catholic Ministry in the Diocese of Michigan, Bishop Wendell Gibbs, Great Lakes Chapter
3:30 Panel Discussion on Catholic Evangelism
5:30 Evening Prayer
5:45 Solemn Pontifical Mass & Induction of New Members
6:45 Free Evening to Explore Detroit and/or Windsor (passport required for USA to Windsor)
8:00 Morning Prayer
9:00 Theology & Action in the Liturgy, Dr. Derek Olsen
10:45 Priestly Ministry & the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Bishop Frank Griswold
12:30 Lunch (Provided at Christ Church)
2:00 Society Business Meeting
3:30 Directed Conversations by Chapter (including Chapter-less Members)
5:30 Evening Prayer
5:45 Solemn Pontifical Mass
6:45 Dinner (Provided at Christ Church)
8:00 Panel Discussion: Catholic Liturgy in the Episcopal Church
9:30 Sung Compline
8:00 Morning Prayer and Low Mass
The Rev. Erika Takacs is a member of the SCP and the Associate Rector at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, PA. A 2007 graduate of the Virginia Theological Seminary who began her ordained ministry at Christ Church, Old Town Alexandria, first as a clergy resident in the Foundations for Spiritual Leadership program and then as the Associate Rector for Faith Formation and Evangelism. Before attending seminary, Mtr. Takacs was a high school and middle school chorus teacher in New Hope, PA, and also enjoyed a career as a singer. She holds degrees from West Chester University of Pennsylvania (1995) and Westminster Choir College (1998).
The Most Rev. Frank Griswold was the 25th Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church. Bishop Griswold was co-chair of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission from 1998 to 2003. He was a member of the standing committee for the 1998 Lambeth Conference. He has also served on diocesan, national and international committees for liturgy, worship and ecumenism. He is also a member of the Fellowship of the Society of St. John the Evangelist and broadly identifies himself as being in Anglo-Catholic tradition. He is interested in interfaith dialogue and currently sits on the Board of World Religious Leaders for the Elijah Interfaith Institute.
The Rt. Rev. Wendell N. Gibbs, Jr. is a member of the SCP and the Episcopal Visitor to the Great Lakes Chapter. He serves as the 10th Bishop of Michigan. Before college Bishop Gibbs became a postulant in the Roman Catholic Order of the Holy Trinity, living and taking classes for three years at a Maryland monastery. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Towson University, Maryland, worked several years in various businesses. In 1984 enrolled in Seabury-Western Seminary, Evanston, Illinois, where he graduated in 1987. After serving at Emmanual Church, Rockford, Illinois (1987-1989) and in several other positions, Gibbs became rector of St. Andrew’s, Cincinnati, in 1993, where he served until he was elected bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of Michigan on October 2, 1999.
Dr. Derek Olsen describes himself as a Benedictine Anglican Medievalist within the Episcopal Church. He holds a PhD in New Testament and has an interest in most things medieval, monastic, and liturgical. His presentation on the subject of "Communion without Baptism" at last year's conference was well-received and provoked great conversation. We are excited to have him back this year.He blogs at: http://haligweorc.wordpress.com/
The Rev. Tripp Norris is the Rector of St. Columba's Episcopal Church in Suwanee, GA in the Greater Atlanta area. The parish was founded in 2004 as a growth initiative by the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta to meet the spiritual needs of a growing community in the Johns Creek/Suwannee area. A demographically young and growing parish, it is one of two in the Anglo-Catholic tradition in the Diocese. Fr. Norris will be sharing his experience of catholic evangelism at St. Columba's and reflecting with others in a panel discussion exploring the implications of his experience for catholic evangelism in the Episcopal Church today.
Panel Discussion: Catholic Liturgy in the Episcopal Church
Panelists will include the lead presentor on liturgy, Dr. Derek Olsen joined by two others. Mtr. Lizette-Larson Miller, who serves as Society Chaplain and the Nancy and Michael Kaehr Professor of Liturgical Leadership at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific will be joined by a panelist to be announced. Together they will reflect on Dr. Olsen's presentation, their own experience, and be a part of the group conversation.
Panel Discussion on Catholic Evangelism
Panelists will inclue the lead presentor on catholic evangelism, Fr. Tripp Norris, joined by two others. Fr. Steve Rice, the rector of St. Timothy's in Winston-Salem, NC, and Mtr. Erika Takacs. Together they will reflect on Fr. Norris' presentation, their own experience, and be a part of the group conversation.
Conference Fee Includes
Your registration fee for the Assembly includes dinner on Wednesday and Friday evenings as well as lunch on Thursday and Friday, costs for presenters, and other administrative costs associated with the assembly. The registration fee also includes your annual dues for 2012.
If you have any dietary restrictions, please be sure to note that in the registration form.
The Society has a group of rooms blocked off at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center just a few blocks away. The group rate is $114 per night and includes complimentary wi-fi acces for the duration of your stay. To get this rate you must call the hotel at (313) 568-8000 and ask for the group rate for the "Society of Catholic Priests." Marriott has agreed to extend our room block from the original cut-off date of August 28, but the extension will be based upon availability and may be cut off at any time. Thus, members are encouraged to make their reservations soon so that they may secure the reduced rate. For more information on the hotel:
If you would like to find a roommate, we commend the Society listserv as a resource. If you are not already on the listserv, you can contact our Communications Director, the Rev. Robert Hendrickson at rhendrickson@theSCP.org for assitance.
Travel to Detroit
Detroit, MI is serviced by Detroit Metro Airport (DTW), the second-largest hub for Delta airlines. Most who are traveling significant distances will choose to travel this way. The airport is a short cab or shuttle ride away, though attendees may wish to carpool. We are working on finding a possible shuttle option for attendees that would be either free or less expensive than the standard options. We'll send all registrants that information when we discern whether this will be possible.
Detroit is also serviced by an Amtrak station only a few miles from the conference location. Some in the Midwest may find this to be a more convenient option than driving.
Financial Assistance with Registration Fee
For those clergy or seminarians for whom the registration fee would be prohibitive, there are limited funds available to assist. There are also a limited amount of scholarships available to cover travel costs for those who don't have funds for such. Please send those requests or any other questions regarding registration to the Society's Treasurer, the Very Rev. Jared C.Cramer at firstname.lastname@example.org
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