Events Schedule

Festival For Freedom

First Amendment: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

Events Schedule

A Festival for Freedom is being held June 21-July 4, 2012 in response to the request of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ asking for us to especially mark our Standing Up for Freedom commitment.  The unique event in Canandaigua, NY will be held at Notre Dame Retreat House, located at 5151 Foster Rd., on the West side and overlooking Canandaigua Lake.  For information on the Festival for Freedom and for reservations (especially for limited space events), please email:  clester@dor.org    Registrations will especially be needed for the local premiere of “FOR GREATER GLORY” being screened 3x on June 30th (see below).

Please consult the CALENDAR for an overview of the Festival for Freedom program, or for more detail on speakers/topics.  Also watch this site for links to more information on Speakers and Subjects and theater events.

Each day there will be a fixed program (same day to day unless otherwise noted) and a unique content program (varied speakers and subjects.) Please continue to consult the Calendar and this Events Schedule for additions, corrections, more detail and last minute changes.  We disclaim any responsibility for any consequent damages from errors in the program.

Notre Dame is a beautiful location, and private rooms are available by making arrangements with the retreat house directly. 

5151 Foster Road, Canandaigua, New York 14424
Tel: 585-394-5700 * Fax: 585-394-9215
Email: ndretreat@rochester.rr.com; website: www.ndretreat.org

FIXED PROGRAM (Thursday June 21 through Wednesday July 4, 2012).  See also EVENTS PROGRAM.

 8:00 AM Flag Raising (Weather Permitting)

 8:15  AM  Daily Eucharistic Adoration Begins, second floor Chapel

 9:00 AM Mass in Main Chapel (except Sunday June 24th)

 9:30 AM (after Mass) Continental Breakfast: FREE WILL OFFERING

10:00AM Morning Speaker or workshop

12:00-1:30 PM  Lunch Break  ($7.50 per person; must be ordered at least 3 days in advance) 

12:30-1:30 “Speechless…Silencing the Christians”  14 episodes (1/day) in the Gallery except Sundays and Saturday, June 23rd.

 1:30-3:00 PM Speaker

3:00-3:15  PM Break

3:15-5:00  PM Speaker

5:00 PM     Dinner Break  ($7.50 per person; must be ordered at least 3 days in advance)

6:00 PM     Performances or Speakers some evenings (check speaker schedule)

7:00 PM    Speaker (7:30 on evenings there is a 6:00 PM Performance)

8:30 PM    Lowering of the Flag (4:30 PM on July 4th)

8:45 PM    Closing of Adoration with Benediction (4:45 PM on July 4th)

NOTE: CERTAIN EVENTS WILL HAVE FREE WILL OFFERINGS AS NOTED BELOW. 

EVENTS PROGRAM:  UNIQUE CONTENT PROGRAM:  SPEAKERS AND PERFORMANCES

Thursday June 21: 

10:00 AM    Dr. Pia de Solenni: Ethicist, moral theologian and cultural analyst.  “Working like it all Depens on Us”   (what’s at stake, what can we do? 

1:30 PM         David Higbee, Director of St. Irenaeus Center.:  “How do we take all this information and incorporate it into our life of prayer?” 

3:15 PM        Philip Gray, JCL, noted Canon Lawyer and Advocate:    “The Saving Grace Called Home-schooling.”

6:00 PM      Theater of the Word:  “The Journeys of St. Paul;”  View Clip.     FREE WILL OFFERING

7:30 PM       Rev.  Peter Stravinskas,   noted scholar; author and apologist:  “History of the First Amendment”

 

Friday,  June 22   (Feasts of St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher)

10:00 AM     Philip Gray, JCL, noted Canon Lawyer and Advocate:  “Going God’s Way:  Conscience, Responsibility, Truth”

1:30 PM          Roundtable: Philip Gray, JCL, David Cook, and Anna Franzonello:  “What can you read?  What can you watch? to get the truth and nothing but  the truth?”  

 3:15 PM          Rev. Peter Stravinskas, noted scholar, author and apologist:  “The Importance of Catholic Schools in an Era of Secularization”

7:00 PM         Anna Franzonello, Americans United for Life:   “The HHS Mandate: Overview and Implications”

 

Saturday,  June 23

10:00AM-5:30 PM     Earl Taylor, National Center for Constitutional Studies, Idaho

                                              The Making of America — Constitution Seminar $10 for materials

6:00 PM                          Movie: Breaking the Spiral of Silence   FREE WILL OFFERING

 

Sunday, June 24        Feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist 

WORSHIP                        (NO speakers until afternoon)

1:30 PM                              Eric Scheidler, Executive Director of the Pro-Life Action League: “Status Report on ‘Stand Up for Religious Freedom'”

3:15                                       Travelogue: God in Washington D.C. Monuments

7:00 PM                            Anne Hendershott, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Urban Studies at The King’s College, NYC:  “The Common Good” 

 

Monday, June 25

10:00 AM                       Anne Hendershott, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Urban Studies at The King’s College, NYC:  “What’s Happening Around the Country?”

1:30 PM                          VIDEO: Local (Canandaigua): Interdenominational Discussion of Freedom of Religion, Panel (Video) and (Live) Audience Discussion (will be videotaped)                          

3:15 PM                          TBA

7:00PM                          Austin Ruse, President of C-FAM – Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, New York and Washington, DC:   “No Finer Time to be a Faithful Catholic”

 

Tuesday, June 26   Feast of St. Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer, Priest

10:00 AM                    David Higbee, Director of St. Irenaeus Center:  “Forms of Prayer” 

1:30 PM                        Deacon Tim Sullivan, Connie Sullivan, Angela Maupin: “Authentic Freedoms  and Marriage.”   

3:15 PM                        Video:  “This is My Body”

6:00 PM                      Theater of the Word:  “Adam & Eve Go to Marriage Counseling,”  Info here.  FREE WILL OFFERING

7:30 PM                      Dr. Daniel Mruzek, University of Rochester:  “Living One’s Faith in a Secular Environment”

 

Wednesday, June 27   Feast of St. Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop and Doctor of the Church 

10:00 AM                Dr. James Hitchcock, St. Louis University: “The Supreme Court and Religion in American Life”

1:30 PM                    Dr. James Hitchcock, St. Louis University: “Religious Liberty, from the Viewpoint of Vatican II”

3:15 PM                     Video: “Romero”  rated PG-13

5:45 PM                    Suzette Norris:  Book discussion of “He Leadeth Me”, by Fr. Walter Ciszek, S.J.

7:00 PM                   Michael Voris:  “Fighting Tyranny” 

Thursday, June 28   Feast of St. Irenaeus, Bishop and Martyr

10:00 AM                  Loretta Fleming, Deputy Director for Field Coordination for the National Committee for a Human Life Amendment:  “The Value of the Human Person.”

1:30 PM                      Rev. Jim Hewes, Pastor of St. Jude the Apostle, St. Helen and Holy Ghost Churches:  “Non-Violence and Civil Disobedience.”

3:15 PM                      Rev. Jim Hewes, Pastor of St. Jude the Apostle, St. Helen and Holy Ghost Churches:    “Project Rachel — an experience of healing.”

7:00 PM                     Michael Voris “The Church Militant”

 

Friday, June 29     Feasts of St. Peter and Paul, Apostles and Martyrs

10:00 AM                   tba

1:30 PM                       Kim Daniels, Catholic Voices USA Coordinator: “How to Defend your Faith without Raising  your Voice.”  

3:15 PM                      VIDEO:   “A Man for All Seasons”

7:00 PM                      3 Part Performance:  “The Life of a Jew”, “Eleazar” and “A Hint of Archbishop Lori.” FREE WILL OFFERING 

                                           

Saturday, June 30   Feast Day: First Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church

10:00 – 5:00 PM       “What’s so special about being a kid in America today?”  Interactive: Workshops, activities, fun learning experiences for kids and adults”

                                            Dan Kane: “After you figure out right from wrong and good from bad, how do you put your life together?  Developing a framework for conscience formation and moral deision-making.”

                                            Pat Rini Rohrer:  “Expressing Yourself in Art,”  Crafts and Projects, Outdoor Activities: “Everything Red, White and Blue.” 

10:00 AM:  Local “Premiere:  “For Greater Glory” — true story of the 1920’s Cristero War in Mexico.

 1:30  PM:     Second Showing: “For Greater Glory” — true story of the 1920’s Cristero War in Mexico.

3:15  PM:     Morning workshops repeated.

4:00  PM:    Third Showing: “For Greater Glory” — true story of the 1920’s Cristero War in Mexico.

7:00 PM       Panel of Survivors:  a cancer survivor, a war veteran, a Holocaust survivor, a woman who gave her baby up for adoption, a refugee.

Sunday, July 1

WORSHIP:                  No speakers until afternoon

1:30 PM                         Jann Armantrout, Life Issues Coordinator, Diocese of Rochester:  “Ten Universal Principles: A Brief Philosophy of the Life Issues, Part I:  PRINCIPLES OF REASON”

3:15 PM                          Movie:  tba

7:00 PM                        Jonathan Tobin, Senior Online Editor of Commentary Magazine:  “This is NOT just a Catholic Issue!”

 

Monday, July 2

10:00 AM                    Roundtable with Jonathan Tobin, Kathy Gallagher, Kyle Duncan, “When you really want to read and hear the truth, where do you go?”

1:30 PM                        Kyle Duncan, General Counsel of the Becket Fund:  “The Becket Fund’s Role in the Pursuit of Religious Freedom”

3:15 PM                        Jann Armantrout,  Life Issues Coordinator, Diocese of Rochester:  “Ten Universal Principles: A Brief Philosophy of the Life Issues, Part II:  PRINCIPLES OF ETHICS”

7:00 PM                       Kathy Gallagher: “Faithful Citizenship”

 

Tuesday, July 3

10:00 AM                    Rev. Brian Frain, S.J.,  McQuaid Jesuit H.S. Faculty:  “Living a Life of Resistance in a Secular Culture”

1:30 PM                          Jann Armantrout:  Ten Universal Principles: A Brief Philosophy of the Life Issues, Part III:  PRINCIPLES OF JUSTICE AND NATURAL RIGHTS

3:15 PM                          Patrick Krey, Attorney in Buffalo, NY:  “Just and Unjust Laws”

7:00 PM                        Chaplain Ayesha Kreutz, President of Frederick Douglass Foundation of NY: “Being the Hands and Feet of Christ in our World Today.” 

Wednesday, July 4

10:00 AM                       Movie “1776”  FREE WILL OFFERING

12:00 PM                        Ring the bell, fly a kite, send a balloon for Freedom.

1:30 PM                           Dan Kane, Director of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights, Rome, Italy:   “The Slippery Slope:  What’s been Passed and Where are we Going?”

3:15 PM                            Closing Worship with Patriotic sing-along

 

REMINDER:  REGISTRATION IS RECOMMENDED FOR EVENTS WHICH MAY BE FILLED UP.  ALTHOUGH SIMULCASTING INTO THE CAFETERIA MAY BE AVAILABLE FOR SOME EVENTS, IT WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE FOR GREATER GLORY. 

FOOD REMINDER: LUNCH AND DINNERS MAY BE OBTAINED BY ORDERING AT LEAST 3 DAYS IN ADVANCE: $7.50 PER PERSON.  YOU MAY BRING YOUR OWN FOOD AND PICNIC ON THE GROUNDS.

CONTACT INFORMATION:  DEACON CLAUDE LESTER AT CLESTER@DOR.ORG OR 585-394-1220 EXT, 15 UNTIL FESTIVAL BEGINS; THEN 585-750-7524. 

DONATIONS: ARE WELCOME TO DEFRAY COSTS OF HOSTING SUCH AN EVENT, AND OF MAKING IT AVAILABLE AT NO ADMISSION TO THOSE WHO COULD NOT OTHERWISE TRAVEL TO HEAR SUCH OUTSTANDING SPEAKERS.  TAX EXEMPT DONATIONS MAY BE SENT TO ST. MARY’S CHURCH, 95 NORTH MAIN STREET, CANANDAIGUA NY 14424, MARKED: FESTIVAL FOR FREEDOM.

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Festival For Freedom.
PO Box 196
Canandaigua, NY, 14424

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