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Announcing the 2016 Western Rite Vicariate Conference

August 9 -12, 2016 
St. Patrick Orthodox Church,
 Bealeton, Virginia

Registration Form (PDF)
Hotel Information (PDF)

The biennial conference of the Western Rite Vicariate will be held Tuesday, August 9 through Friday, August 12, 2016 at St. Patrick Orthodox Church in Bealeton, Virginia.

The theme for this year's conference will be based on these words from the Canon of the Mass:

"Remember, O Lord, ... all here present, whose faith and devotion are known and manifest unto thee: for whom we offer, or who them­selves offer to thee, this sacrifice of praise."

Presentations will focus on participating in and assisting at the Mass.

Bishop John (Abdalah), Vicar Bishop for the Western Rite Vicariate, will preside at all liturgical services, and will be one of the presenters. He will also address the clergy and laity on various Vicariate matters. Other presenters will include the V. Rev. Michael Keiser, the V. Rev. John Mangels, the V. Rev. John W. Fenton, and V. Rev. Edward Hughes, Vicar General for the Vicariate.

Mass will be celebrated daily, together with Vespers and Lauds (or Morning Prayer).

The conference begins with Vespers at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, 9 August, followed by a formal welcome by His Grace, Bishop John. Presentations will be given on Wednesday and Thursday, and will include the Bishop's address to participants. The final presentation, by Fr Hughes, will be on Friday morning. The Conference concludes at noon on Friday, 12 August.

In addition to the presentations, this year's conference will include a sacred music component led by Kh. Kerrie Cardine and Sbdn. Ian Abodeely. Participants will be able to visit Cardine Studios, which specializes in custom hot-forged metal work as well as highly crafted fabrication for domestic, ecclesiastical and other applications.

The fee for the conference is $200 (not including hotel), and includes all meals and transportation. A list of recommended hotels, with special conference rates, is included for accommodations.

Registration with deposit of $100 should be mailed no later than July 20.

Clergy and laity from Western Rite parishes of any canonical jurisdiction, and those interested in the Western Rite, are cordially invited. Please register using the registration form which is attached.

Should further information be desired, please contact:

Fr. John W. Fenton
Assistant to the Vicar General

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