Faith, the Fundamental Act of Christian Existence

November 15, 2013 — November 16, 2013 (7:00pm - 5:30pm)
Keane Auditorium, McGivney Hall


On November 15-16, 2013, the Washington, D.C. session of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family will sponsor a conference, “Faith, the Fundamental Act of Christian Existence.” With this conference the Institute wishes to contribute to the reflection on the nature of faith called for by Benedict XVI (Porta Fidei, no. 8).

Our hope is to deepen the unity that binds the content of faith in Christ with the act by which we choose to entrust ourselves freely and fully to the Triune God. In light of the wealth of the Church’s tradition, we would like to pursue this reflection bearing in mind that our contemporary culture treasures science as its epistemological paradigm and fosters a division between the human person and his belonging to the Church, on the one hand, and between the truths that constitute Christian faith and the way the Christian orders his or her existence, on the other hand. The conference will thus address issues such as: believing, seeing, and knowing the mystery of God according to Scriptures; faith, the fulfillment of reason; the ecclesial dimension of faith; the historical dimension of faith; and witnessing to faith through the family.

Registration is now closed.


Video footage from the conference can be found here.


Friday, November 15
6:30 p.m. Registration Table Opens
7:00 Opening Remarks

Keynote Address

Faith, the Fundamental Act of Christian Existence

Rev. Brian Daley, S.J.

8:30 Reception
Saturday, November 16 
8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast Available

Believing, Seeing, and Knowing the Mystery of God

Speakers: Rev. Carlo Lorenzo Rossetti

                 Rev. Paolo Prosperi, F.S.C.B.

Moderator: Rev. Mark Morozowich


Faith, the Fulfillment of Reason

Speakers: Emmanuel Tourpe

                 D.C. Schindler

Moderator: Adrian Walker

12:30-2:00 Lunch

The Church's Faith

Speakers: Rev. Antonio Lopez, F.S.C.B.

                 Joseph Atkinson

Moderator: Nicholas J. Healy


The Encounter of Faith and Science

Speakers: Carlo Lancellotti

                 Michael Hanby

Moderator: David L. Schindler

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