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Symposium on Advancing the New Evangelization

10th Anniversary Conference
March 19 - 20, 2021

This conference is held on the campus of Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. The Symposium brings together scholars, field professionals and students for a time of fellowship, reflection and dialogue concerning topics integral to the Catholic Faith and to the New Evangelization.

A Crucifix stands on a pedestal with a broken statue beneath it

This year’s theme, “Destroyer of the gods: Christian Culture vs. the Idols of Secularism,” addresses how almost 2,000 years ago, Christianity challenged, and ultimately defeated, the traditional gods of the Roman world. Today's Christians also face secular “idols” that demand homage: success, wealth and pleasure, or socio-political ideologies that stifle the life of the Gospel and the love of neighbor.

How can Catholics succeed against these false gods as the early Christians succeeded against the gods of Rome? Join in the discussion!

Registration for the 2021 Symposium has closed. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Hotel Reservations: A block of rooms has been reserved for Symposium attendees at Atchison’s Holiday Inn Express. Learn More

2021 Symposium Speakers

Ross Douthat

Ross Douthat
Op-Ed Columnist for The New York Times

Mary Rice Hasson

Mary Rice Hasson
Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center
Director of the Catholic Women’s Forum

Chad Pecknold

Chad Pecknold
Associate professor of Systematic Theology
Catholic University of America

Featured Presenters

Fr. Robert Imbelli
Boston College

Fr. Antonio Lopez
John Paul II Institute

Deborah Savage
University of St. Thomas

Mary FioRito
Ethics & Public Policy Center

Conference Schedule

Colloquium Sessions

Registration Closed

What is the Symposium on Advancing the New Evangelization?

The Symposium on Advancing the New Evangelization is an annual conference sponsored by the Gregorian Institute at Benedictine College. The Gregorian Institute’s mission is to contribute to the renewal of Catholic culture and the defense of religious liberty in America by engaging, equipping, and developing the next generation of Catholic leaders. The Symposium supports this mission and offers a unique forum for current and emerging leaders to share ideas and best practices.

At the Symposium scholars, field professionals, members of religious communities, clergy, and students present papers based on their research and professional experiences. It is a time of fellowship, reflection, and dialogue concerning topics integral to the New Evangelization. In this respect, the Symposium fulfills Pope Francis’ statement:

Universities are outstanding environments for articulating and developing this evangelizing commitment in an interdisciplinary and integrated way. Catholic schools, which always strive to join their work of education with the explicit proclamation of the Gospel, are a most valuable resource for the evangelization of culture, even in those countries and cities where hostile situations challenge us to greater creativity in our search for suitable methods.” (Evangelii Gaudium, 134)

If you would like to receive information about our 2021 Symposium, please contact Dr. Matt Muller.

The Symposium for Advancing the New Evangelization is sponsored by The Gregorian Institute at Benedictine College.