First Annual Opening Convocation and Picnic Event

It is with great joy that we welcome you to our 2019-2020 academic year. We’ll officially be welcoming this new start with our first annual Opening Convocation and Picnic event! 

When: Saturday, August 24th, 9 am – 3 pm

Where: St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry, 120 French Rd., Rochester, NY



9:00am – 9:45am  Mass with Bishop Matano
9:45am – 10:15am 
10:15am – 10:30am 
Welcome by Dr. Loughlin
10:30am -11:30am
First Talk: Carrie Chapp, Ph.D. “Faith and Reason: The Importance of Intellectual Formation in Ministry”
11:30am – 11:45am
11:45am – 12:45pm
Second Talk:  Carrie Chapp, Ph.D. “Not Just Theoretical: The Practical Application of Intellectual Formation in Ministry”
12:45pm – 1:45pm 
Cookout Lunch — Served by the Faculty and Staff of St. Bernard’s
1:45pm – 2:45pm 
Breakout Sessions for New Students, Current Students, Students in Diaconate Formation, and Alumni

This event is free, however we ask that you register so we can plan food accordingly. 


We are thrilled to have Dr. Carrie Chapp as our keynote speaker for this event! Dr. Chapp is Program Director of Online Theology Programs at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine. She earned her doctorate in Roman Catholic Systematic Theology at Duquesne University, and specializes in sacramental theology, liturgy, and ecclesiology. She began her career at DeSales University, then moved on to St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia where she held the position of Academic Dean, overseeing academic programs for laity and teaching seminarians. Dr. Chapp has over twenty-five years experience teaching Catholic theology and has presented talks and workshops both nationally and internationally.

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