The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has affected Voice of the Faithful similarly to other organizations planning to hold events during 2020. Out of an abundance of caution and concern for the well-being of our members and supporters, Voice of the Faithful will present on online Zoom conference for 2020. The online Zoom 2020 VOTF Conference: Visions of a Just Church will take place Oct. 3. Mark your calendars and join us as we seek visions of what a Church that is just for all the faithful would look like.
Presently scheduled to speak are two well known Catholic scholars.
Our featured speaker will be Phyllis Zagano, Ph.D., an internationally recognized scholar in Catholic studies and women’s roles in the Church and advocate of an ordained women’s diaconate. Author of nearly 20 books, she received Voice of the Faithful’s Catherine of Siena Distinguished Layperson Award during VOTF’s 10th Year Conference in Boston in 2012 and the Issac Hecker Award for Social Justice from the Paulist Center in Boston in 2014. On August 2, 2016, Pope Francis appointed her to the Papal Commission for the Study of Women in the Diaconate, which convened in Rome November 2016. She also is senior research associate-in-residence and adjunct professor of religion at Hofstra University.
Our featured return speaker will be Fr. Richard Lennan, professor of systematic theology and Professor Ordinarius in the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College. He will speak at the conference about Australia's new draft Church governance document, which he helped develop and which promises to be a guide toward a more lay-participatory Church. Lennan grew up in Newcastle, Australia, and has been a priest of the diocese of Maitland-Newcastle since 1983. Lennan has taught systematic theology in the Catholic Institute of Sydney and served as president of the Australian Catholic Theological Association. He began teaching at Weston Jesuit School of Theology in 2007 and continued teaching at Boston College after Weston became part of BC. He currently directs STM's Sacred Theology Licensure program, serves on the editorial board of Theological Studies, and chairs the steering committee of the Karl Rahner Society. Together with two BC colleagues, Lennan wrote "To Serve the People of God: Renewing the Conversation on Priesthood and Ministry," about which he spoke at last year's conference, calling for reexamining the formation process for diocesan priests and eradicating the priesthood's embedded clerical culture. Lennan is the author of two books, and he has edited five others.
We are enthusiastically exploring additional speakers and features for our conference that will enhance your experience and will detail them on this page as they are determined. We will be offering the same mix of interesting speakers and evocative conversation as always, albeit virtually, so stay tuned for more information.
The cost for attending VOTF’s online Zoom 2020 Conference is just $50.
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If you have previously registered for VOTF's 2020 Conference at the in-person registration fee, you will receive a refund for the difference in cost.