The 81st Annual Convention of the CLSA officially opened on Monday, October 14, 2019. But before the convention program got under way, over 100 participants arrived early for pre-Convention workshops that began on Sunday, October 13 and concluded at noon on Monday. Dr. Diane Barr and Rev. John Beal each hosted workshops that were obvious successes when listening to the dozens of excited attendees discuss their individual experiences. Dr. Barr’s topic was “Sexual Misconduct Matters Now — Current Issues and Practices,” while Fr. Beal’s workshop was titled “Just Pretending: The Varieties of Simulation and Their Proof.” Additional details about these workshops can be found in the Convention Brochure at this link. [NOTE: Pre-Convention workshops are not recorded, and they are not included in Proceedings.]
Below are a few pictures from the Convention. It was apparent that camaraderie was a major motivating factor for those attending the Convention, which is the case every year. The three keynote addresses were inspiring, and the seminars all helped participants to a better understanding and application of this year’s theme — Canon Law in Service of Missionary Discipleship.
We also want to thank all canidates who stood for election and congratulate those who were selected by the membership to serve on the Board of Governors (BOG) for the next three years:
New Consultors: Msgr. Victor Finelli and Ms. Barbara Bettwy
Treasurer: Rev. Kevin Niehoff, OP
Vice-President/President-Elect: Msgr. Michael Padazinski
They joined the continuing members of the BOG for installation at our Liturgy on Wednesday afternoon and at a BOG meeting following the Convention on Thursday, October 17, where, amid other duties and orientations, they helped sort and review the Convention evaluations that were submitted throughout the week. President Jay Conzemius assumed his new duties, while Zabrina Decker eased into her role as Past-President. We bid a bittersweet farewell to outgoing BOG members: Consultors Susan Mulheron and Msgr. John Donovan, Treasurer Sr. Nancy Reynolds, SP, and Past-President Msgr. John Foster. Although they move on from the roles they have held for the last three years, without a doubt each of these members will continue to contribute actively and with sincere humility to the Society in the future.
Lastly, kudos to this year’s recipient of the Role of Law Award, Msgr. Patrick Lagges from the Archdiocese of Chicago. He unequivocally embodies the enthusiasm and devotion to canon law that this annual award seeks to recognize. Congratulations!