The 2014 Napa Institute Conference
The Fourth Annual Napa Institute Conference will take place from Thursday, July 24 – Sunday, July 27, 2014 at the Meritage Resort & Spa in Napa, CA.
In 2014, conference themes will include the Economic Justice, Beauty and the Arts, and Reason & Faith. Confirmed speakers and prelates in attendance for 2014 include:
James Cardinal Harvey, Archbishops Thomas Wenski, José Gomez, Charles Chaput, John Nienstedt, Samuel Aquila, and Salvatore Cordileone; Bishops Robert Vasa, Kevin Vann, and Robert Morlino; Fr. Robert J. Spitzer, S.J.; along with Tim Gray, Ph.D., Dr. Stephen Barr, Dr. Jonathan Reyes, Philip Jenkins, and Joseph Pearce.
Themes at the Napa Institute
For each of the annual conferences, three different themes are explored by speakers through keynotes at plenary sessions to the more intimate breakout sessions. The perennial theme of each conference is Faith & Reason– an issue at the forefront in our increasingly secular culture.
The inaugural conference was based around the themes of a Catholic response to Immigration, Faith & Reason, and The Cost of Discipleship– a look at martyrdom.
The second annual conference examined themes of Religious Freedom,Catholic Education, and Reason & Faith.
The third annual conference themes were the Sanctity of Work, Building a Catholic Culture, and Reason & Faith.
For the 2014 Fourth Annual Conference, the themes include Beauty & the Arts, Economic Justic, and Reason & Faith.
The First Napa Institute Conference
From July 28-31, 2011, around 200 Catholic leaders gathered in Napa, California for the inaugural Napa Institute conference seeking to promote excellence in Catholic thought and evangelization. Throughout the four days, speakers such as George Weigel, Roger Cardinal Mahoney, Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J., and Tim Gray, Ph.D. addressed various topics surrounding the Church and her relation to the increasingly secular world, including immigration, the integration of faith and reason, and martyrdom.
The conference also provided the opportunity for participants to network and develop a sense of fellowship among other Catholics.
The highlight and center of each day was the celebration of Mass by a prelate in the Meritage’s majestic Estate Cave.
The Second Annual Napa Institute Conference : A Landmark Gathering in Napa
From Thursday, July 26 – Sunday, July 29, over 300 Catholic lay leaders, prelates, clergy and religious from over forty states and five European countries gathered in Napa, California for the Second Annual Napa Institute Conference seeking to promote excellence in Catholic thought and the furtherance of the New Evangelization. Conference speakers addressed three main topics touching upon the Church’s relation to the secular order— Religious Freedom, Catholic Education, and Reason and Faith. We would like to thank all of our keynote speakers, breakout presenters, our staff, and board for their participation and work to make this conference a success!
At the heart of the conference was the Eucharist. Archbishops Charles J. Chaput, Samuel Aquila, Salvatore Cordileone, and Bishops Robert Vasa and Robert Morlino each celebrated Mass in the Meritage Resort’s Estate Cave, along with numerous priests and religious from across the globe. The rich beauty of the Catholic liturgical tradition was on full display with Solemn Vespers, the Byzantine Divine Liturgy, Mass in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms of the Roman Rite, and chanting of the Daily Office.
Attendees were able to to meet and develop friendships with fellow attendees, speakers, and prelates. Each night featured a different theme dinner, beginning with the Taste of Napa welcome dinner, a Santa Maria Barbecue, and a formal closing dinner. Once again, the evening cigar and wine socials lasted late into the night where conference participants discussed and further developed the topics of the conference.
The Third Annual Napa Institute Conference: Continuing the Traditions
The Third Annual Napa Institute Conference was held on August 1-4, 2013 at the Meritage Resort & Spa in Napa, CA. The event drew over 250 Catholic lay leaders, prelates, clergy, and religious from over thirty states and several European countries to learn about the Sanctity of Work, Building a Catholic Culture, and Reason and Faith– all themes of the 2013 conference.
Aside from thought-provoking keynote addresses, the discussion spilled over into breakout sessions, meals, and social activities throughout the weekend in the heart of California’s famed wine country. Beautiful liturgy has become the hallmark of the Napa Institute. From Masses in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms to the Anglican usage to the Byzantine Rite Divine Liturgy, attendees were able to frequently avail themselves of the sacraments in the majestic setting of the Meritage’s Estate Cave.
The Napa Institute equips its attendees for the next America– today’s secular society. It is our prayer and hope that conference participants returned to their respective locales better equipped to impact the culture for Jesus Christ through the networking, liturgy, and learning at the Napa Institute.
The Eucharist is at the Center of the Napa Institute
While the Conference highlights the best in Catholic thought, at the heart of every gathering is the Eucharist. Multiple Masses of various traditions and rites are offered daily in the Meritage’s Estate Cave or in the resort’s Our Lady of Grapes Chapel. Additionally, Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is available following the Napa Institute’s annual Eucharistic Procession.
In 2012, the Liturgy of the Hours was offered daily, culminating with Solemn Vespers presided over by Bishop Robert C. Morlino with the choral responses sung by St. Dominic’s Choir from San Francisco, CA. Also new to 2012 was the daily celebration of the Eastern Catholic Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom.
In what has become a tradition of the Conference, the Napa Institute concluded with a Solemn Pontifical High Mass of the Extraordinary Form celebrated by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone.
The Napa Institute seeks prayerful excellence in the liturgical life of the Conference with awareness that the richness and beauty of the Catholic liturgical tradition spans centuries and traditions, but it can all be experienced at our Conference.