For the last two years, the Napa Institute has been hosting a conference that is well worth the time and expense for those who take their faith seriously. The line-up of speakers is exceptional, the topics covered are critical to the challenges Catholic leaders face today, and the foundation is clear: the Eucharist.

This year's conference is Thursday, August 1 through Sunday, August 4 at the Meritage Resort & Spa in Napa, California. This year, the speakers are exploring themes of Sanctity of Work, Building a Catholic Culture, and Reason & Faith.

Among the reasons you should consider attending include the line-up of speakers and prelates who will be there:

  • Archbishops José Gomez, Charles Chaput, John Nienstedt, Samuel Aquila, Salvatore Cordileone, and Alexander Brunett
  • Bishops Robert Vasa, Kevin Vann, and Robert Morlino
  • Fathers Robert Spitzer, Ronald Tacelli, and Brian Mullady
  • Tim Gray, noted Catholic author and speaker, Professor of Sacred Scripture at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary, and President of the Augustine Institute
  • Kathryn Jean Lopez, a nationally syndicated columnist and editor-at-large of National Review Online
  • John Garvey, President of The Catholic University of America
  • Dr. Francis Beckwith, Professor of Philosophy and Church-State Studies and Resident Scholar in the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University


This is a conference that explores the best in Catholic thought, never forgetting that the source and summit of Catholicism is the Eucharist. There are multiple Masses offered each day in the Meritage's Estate Cave or in the resort's Our Lady of Grapes Chapel. There's also Eucharistic Adoration after the Napa Institute's annual Eucharistic Procession.

In their own words, "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."

Why should you attend? Part of being a Catholic leader is knowing your faith, and who better to teach you than the best of the best? The conference also inspires attendees to shape their lives by habits of holiness, including liturgy, prayer, fasting, and sacred art and music.

This is one of the best of its kind, and I highly recommend it. I'll be there and I hope you will be, too.

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