CONFERENCE - October in Saskatoon - "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Catholic Realism in a Postmodern World" of Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Canada

Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Canada 2023 Conference—October 20/21, Saskatoon

Theme: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Catholic Realism in a Postmodern World

Conference Description:
We live in a destabilized world, one in which the claims of postmodernism have attempted to destroy the logos—language, reason, history, a coherent anthropology, and indeed truth itself—and the Logos—the incarnate Word in the person of Christ. This conference aims to explore the manifold ways in which Catholicism provides a counter to postmodern error and contains within itself an approach to realism that can help mediate even its own internal struggles.

Conference Dates: October 20/21, 2023

Place: St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral, Saskatoon (conference) and Our Lady of Good Success Hall (banquet and entertainment)

Proposed Agenda:

Friday, October 20 (St. Paul’s Hall)
6:30pm Wine and Cheese
7:30pm Keynote Address Fr. Stefano Penna—“Stuttering Siren and Penitential Pope: A Drama of the Ugly”

Saturday, October 21 (St. Paul’s Hall)

8:00am Continental Breakfast (Coffee, fruit, and muffins)

8:45 am-10:45 Paper Session 1
    Dr. Charles Robertson—“Newman, Liberalism, and the Great Apostasy”
    Mr. Clement Ng—“Meeting the Challenge of the Sexual Revolution’s Third Wave: Sexual Difference     and the Ordering of Nature”
    Dr. Paul Flaman—“Gender Theory, Persons Who Identify as Transgender, and Catholic Teaching”

11am-noon Young Scholars’ Section
    Mr. Luca Castroneves—Physics, After God: The Quest for Certainty in a Causeless World”
    Mr. Victor Carpay—Patience: What Makes Submission to Divine Wisdom Possible
    Mr. Kolya Sidloski—The Poet, the Preacher, and the Party Boy: Reordering the Disordered State
    Mr. Julian Kwasniewski—“What Heart Heard of, Ghost Guessed”

12pm Lunch

1 pm Paper Session 2
    Dr. Donald Graham—“Postcards from the Past: On the Truth of Revelation”
    Dr. John Liptay—“Towards Answering and Resisting the Claims of the ‘End of Ethics’ Program”
    Dr. Celene Sidloski—“The Prosthetic Preference and the Flight from the Real”

2:45 pm Coffee Break

3:00 pm—4:30 Paper Session 3
    Mr. Tomas Rochford—“A Pearl on the Prairie: Building a Small-Town Church with the Mind of the         Church”
    Mr. Mark Doerksen—“The Seed of Reality: The Theory of the Medieval Narrative Frame”
    Dr. Ryan Topping—Presentation on Benedict XVI Institute CARA Study on Vocations in Canada

4:45 pm Mass (St. Paul’s)

6:00 pm Transport to Our Lady of Good Success Hall
6:15 pm Cocktails and Social
7:00 pm Banquet (catered by YXE Foodies) followed by entertainment
Miranda Molnar—poet
Dominic Sidloski—Chopin
Schola—sacred music

Open Mike—poem, story, song

Conference Rates:

Friday Evening Keynote with Wine and Cheese:  

Free will offering (RVSP required)

Saturday Conference Rate (includes continental breakfast and lunch):  

Regular: $50; Student: $20; Clergy:  free

All-in Saturday Rate (includes breakfast, lunch, and evening banquet):  

Regular:  $60; Student: $30; Clergy: free

To Reserve a ticket contact Dr. Celene Sidloski at  (306) 715-1541

Payment can be made at the door.
Downtown hotels within walking distance of conference site:

Sheraton Cavalier (5 minute walk from St. Paul’s conference site)
Address: 612 Spadina Crescent E, Saskatoon, SK S7K 3G9
Phone: (306) 652-6770
one queen bed--$179 (plus $26 taxes)

Park Town Hotel (7 minute walk from conference site)
Address: 924 Spadina Crescent E, Saskatoon, SK S7K 3H5
Phone: (306) 244-5564

Hotel Senator (15 minute walk to conference site)
243 21 st St. E, Saskatoon, SK S7K 0B7

Alt Hotel (15 minute walk)
480 2nd Ave. S, Saskatoon
(639) 398-0250

Holiday Inn Saskatoon Downtown (15 minute walk)
101 Pacific Avenue, Saskatoon
(306) 986-5000

***all rooms can be secured more cheaply on third-party booking sites