2024 Summer Consortium

Preserving the Legacy of John Paul II

June 14-16, 2024

$1,700 per couple

$900 single

This conference fee includes all lectures, seminars, listed receptions, and farm-to-table meals catered by award-winning Chef Donald Higby. While accommodations are not included in the conference fee, there is a selection of hotel and Airbnb options in the area. Please note: Guests will be responsible for transportation between their lodging and the college.

Contact Gwyneth Sawicki (gwyneth.sawicki@christendom.edu, 540.551.9257) with any questions or to reserve your spot today!

Though ticket price does not include accommodations, Christendom would like to partner up with the Trellis as an accommodation option. A total of 7 couples is needed to reserve this beautiful venue. If you are interested, please contact Gwyneth Sawicki at gwyneth.sawicki@christendom.edu. For more information on the Trellis, you may view their website here.



Friday, June 14

5:00 p.m.
Arrival and Welcome
Christ the King Chapel

5:05 p.m.
Vespers and the Swinging of the Botafumeiro
Christ the King Chapel

5:45 p.m.
“The Achievement of John Paul II: A Retrospective” by George Weigel
Old Chapel Hall, Lower Level

6:45 p.m.
Old Chapel Hall, Upper Level 


Saturday, June 15

9:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
Old Chapel Hall, Upper Level 

10:00 a.m.
“Pope Saint John Paul II and the Legacy of the Gospel of Life” by Dr. Joseph Arias
Old Chapel Hall, Lower Level

11:30 a.m.
Celebrant and Homilist: Head Chaplain Fr. Marcus Pollard
Christ the King Chapel

12:00 p.m.
Lower Level, St. John the Evangelist Library

1:00 p.m.
“John Paul II on the Family: The Ark of the Domestic Church in the Flood of Modernity” by Dr. Owen Vyner
Main Level, St. John the Evangelist Library

2:00 p.m.
“Karol Wojtyla: The Actor” by Dr. Dan McInerny
Main Level, St. John the Evangelist Library

3:00 p.m.
Divine Mercy Chaplet
Main Level, St. John the Evangelist Library

3:15 p.m.
Break with light refreshments
Sacred Grounds Coffee Shop, St. John the Evangelist Library

4:15 p.m.
Seminar Discussion — “Novo Millennio Ineunte: Charting the Path in the New Millennium” by Dr. Timothy O’Donnell and Dr. George Harne
Lower Level, St. John the Evangelist Library

5:30 p.m.
Cocktails and Hors d’Oeuvres
Old Chapel Hall, Upper Level

6:30 p.m.
Dinner with Keynote Address: “The Legacy of St. John Paul II” by Cardinal Robert Sarah
St. Lawrence Commons

9:00 p.m.
Cordials and Conversation
St. Lawrence Piazza


Sunday, June 16

10:00 a.m.
Celebrant and Homilist: His Eminence, Robert Cardinal Sarah
Christ the King Chapel

11:30 a.m.
Brunch and Closing Remarks
St. Lawrence Commons


Cardinal Robert Sarah

Born in French Guinea, Cardinal Robert Sarah was ordained to the priesthood in 1969 and was named an Archbishop by Pope St. John Paul II in 1979. He held that position for 20 years. In 2001, Pope St. John Paul II named him Secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, a post he held for ten years. In October of 2010, he was appointed president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, which carries responsibility for organizing Catholic relief efforts worldwide, and the following month he was named a cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI. Four years later, Cardinal Sarah was appointed as Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, a post he held until 2021.

Cardinal Sarah is also a well-regarded author and theologian whose writings have inspired countless souls across the globe. His major works include: God or Nothing: A Conversation on Faith; The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise; The Day is Now Far Spent; Couples, Awaken Your Love; and From the Depths of Our Hearts: Priesthood, Celibacy, and the Crisis of the Catholic Church, which he co-authored with Pope Benedict XVI.

George Weigel

George Weigel is a Catholic American author, political analyst, and social activist. He currently serves as a Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Weigel was the Founding President of the James Madison Foundation.

Patrick Madrid

Patrick Madrid is an acclaimed public speaker and has authored or edited 26 books, which have sold over a million copies worldwide, including foreign language editions. Patrick grew up in Southern California as a life-long Catholic. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Phoenix, as well as B.Phil. in philosophy and an M.A. in theology from the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio. He serves as an adjunct professor of apologetics at Holy Apostles College and Seminary and Saint Patrick’s Seminary and University in Menlo Park, California. He has also taught on the theology faculty at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Patrick and his wife Nancy have been married for 39 years and have been blessed by the Lord with 11 children and 25 grandchildren (so far). His website is patrickmadrid.com.

Dr. Timothy O’Donnell

Dr. Timothy O’Donnell received his early education at Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, California, where he graduated with B.A. degrees in philosophy and history and an M.A. in Church history. He received a doctorate in ascetical and mystical theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome (Angelicum). Dr. O’Donnell is the president of Christendom College.

Dr. George Harne

Dr. George Harne is the president-elect of Christendom College. A widely respected and accomplished scholar of music history and the liberal arts, Harne earned his Ph.D. from Princeton University and received master’s degrees from Princeton, St. John’s College, and the University of Washington.

Dr. Dan McInerny

Dr. Dan McInerny is a native of South Bend, Indiana; a graduate of the University of Notre Dame (B.A. English) and The Catholic University of America (M.A. and Ph.D. Philosophy); and an associate professor of philosophy at Christendom College, where he teaches courses on the Philosophy of Art and Beauty and Ethics and Imagination, among other topics. Daniel is a fiction author, dramatist, and screenwriter. 

Dr. Joseph Arias
Dr. Joseph Arias is the faculty advisor at Christendom College for students concentrating on moral theology.   He has presented scholarly papers at meetings of The Research Center for Biblical Thomism at Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun, Poland, the Thomas Instituut te Utrecht, Netherlands, the Mariological Society of America, the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, and the International Association for the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, among others. Dr. Arias has published articles in the National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, The Linacre Quarterly: The Journal of the Catholic Medical Association, Marian Studies, Homiletic & Pastoral Review, and Crisis Magazine.
Dr. Owen Vyner
Dr. Owen Vyner is an Associate Professor of Theology and Chair of the Theology Department at Christendom College, Front Royal, VA. Before this, he taught in Melbourne, Australia, at the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family. After earning his B.A. from the University of Western Australia, Dr. Vyner earned his Master’s in theology from the John Paul II Institute, his STL from the Liturgical Institute, and finally his Ph.D. from the John Paul II Institute. Dr. Vyner specializes in liturgical and sacramental theology, especially the sacrament of penance, along with theological anthropology.

This is no time to be ashamed of the Gospel. It is the time to preach it from the rooftops. Do not be afraid to break out of comfortable and routine modes of living in order to take up the challenge of making Christ known in the modern metropolis.”

— Pope St. John Paul II