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The Marten Program sponsors preaching conferences in the summers, inviting leaders in the field of homiletics to share their insights with preachers in the field. These are extended moments for busy preachers to come away from their routine to the peace-filled campus at Notre Dame. Revel in the sunset over St. Mary's Lake. Wake up to the calling of birds. Most of all, enjoy the camaraderie of others who are passionate about sharing the Gospel. 

2017 Conference:

"To Set the Earth on Fire": Effective Catholic Preaching

Registration Link For 2017 Conference 12 7 2016

Final 2017 Schedule
Presenters and Descriptions Of Their Talks 2017
Keynote Speakers

Fr. Peter John Cameron, O.P. - "Preaching As Playwriting"

Fr. Ronald Rolheiser, O.M.I. - "Preaching In The Mother Tongue - Calming the Deep Fires inside our Listeners"

Dr. Ann Garrido - "Does It Resound? Creating Homilies that Both Echo Forth and are Received at the Other End"

Fr. Michael Connors, C.S.C. - "To What Effect? Qualities of Effective Catholic Preaching and How to Get There"


Bishop Sylvester Ryan - Emmaus Revisited: Hearts Aflame through the Convergence of the Word Proclaimed and the Eucharist Celebrated 

Dr. Karla Bellinger - The Holy Spirit and Listener Receptivity: Preaching that Soaks in like Good Butter on Warm Toast

Dr. Richard Stern - Fired Up or Burned Out?

John "Jack" Shea - Telling Stories, Making Points

Rev. Dr. Alyce McKenzie - Making a Scene in the Pulpit: Vivid Preaching for Visual Listeners

Fr. Guerric DeBona - Seven Steps for Effective Preaching

Dr. Deborah Wilhelm - "Murder Your Darlings": How to Edit Your Words for Effective Preaching

Fr. Peter McCormick, C.S.C. - Preaching for Youth Today: "If You're Not Real, I'm Not Coming"

Dr. Suzanne Nawrocki - If "Our Hearts are on Fire," What are Our Bodies Doing?

Fr. Joseph Juknialis - Preaching Hope in a Post-Modern Age

Dr. Fred and Patricia Baumer - Spirituality: Preaching's Catalyst

Deacon David Shea - Entertain or Else! The Preacher as Performer in Attending to Augustine’s ‘Delight’ 

Rev. Dr. Richard Eslinger - Plotting a Path for People to Follow

Fr. Jeff Nicolas and Dr. Sharon Schuhmann - Igniting the Flame of Intentional Listeners: How to Set Ablaze the Preaching Encounter by Transforming Your Assembly Into Intentional Listeners.

Fr. Edward Griswold - Focus and Function: Kindling the Fire




Past Conferences:

2016 Symposium: Liturgy and the New Evangelization

2015 Conference: What We Have Heard and Seen: Fostering Baptismal Witness in the World

2014 Conference: To All the World: Preaching and the New Evangelization

2013 USCCB Conference on 'Preaching the Mystery of Faith'
2012 Conference: We Preach Christ Crucified