2017 CLSA Convention The Westin Indianapolis

IMPORTANT SCHEDULING NOTE: The opening of the 2017 CLSA Convention will NOT coincide with Columbus Day. The Convention will begin one week later on Monday, October 16, 2017.

Online registration will open on Monday, June 26 at 12:00 p.m. EST.

The 79th Annual Convention of the Canon Law Society of America will be hosted at The Westin Indianapolis (241 W. Washington St.) in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Convention will be held Monday, October 16 through Thursday, October 19, 2017 and will be preceded by Pre-Convention workshops on Sunday, October 15 and Monday morning, October 16, 2017. (*Please note that workshops are held concurrently; registrants must make a choice between the two offerings.)

The theme for the 2017 convention is Mercy, Justice, and the Law: In the Spirit of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Reverend Robert Geisinger, S.J., Promoter of Justice for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, will offer the keynote address. A major address will be delivered by Massimo Faggioli, Ph.D., Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University, and a panel presentation will review the practical implementation of motu proprii Mitis Iudex and Mitis et Misericors Iesus, as well as the processus brevior.



In keeping with tradition, a convention brochure/program will be mailed to all CLSA members, and an electronic version will be uploaded to the website shortly. For more information about 2017 presentations, please click the links below.

View Keynote/Major Address Descriptions
Print Keynote/Major Address Descriptions  (.PDF)
View Full Seminar Descriptions (A-D)
Print Full Seminar Descriptions (.PDF)
View Pre-Convention Workshop Descriptions
Print Pre-Convention Workshop Descriptions (.PDF)
Download a Printable Registration Form


The General Convention will begin promptly at 4:00pm on Monday, October 16, 2017, with Opening Prayer and Welcome Remarks. Convention Registration and exhibits will open at 1:00pm. The Convention will conclude at approximately 11:00am on Thursday morning, October 19, following the scheduled Major Address and Closing Remarks.

Monday, October 16

1:00pm                 Registration Begins

Exhibits Open

4:00pm               Opening Prayer and Welcome

4:30pm                 Keynote Address (Geisinger)

6:00pm                Opening Reception


Tuesday, October 17

7:30am                 Liturgy for Deceased Members of CLSA

8:00am                 Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00am                 “A” Seminars

10:30am                Coffee and Tea Break

11:00am                “B” Seminars

12:30pm                Boxed Lunch

1:30pm                  Candidate Forum

2:30pm                  “C” Seminars

4:00pm                  Break

4:30pm                  Budget Report & Resolution Hearing

6:00pm                  Alumni Receptions


Wednesday, October 18

7:30am                  Past Presidents’ Breakfast

8:00am                  Continental Breakfast

9:00am                  Major Address (Faggioli)

10:30am                Coffee and Tea Break

11:00am                79th Annual Business Meeting

12:00pm                Lunch (on your own)

1:30pm                  Second Instance Judicial Vicars’ Meeting

Chancellors’ Meeting

2:30pm                  “D” Seminars

5:00pm                  Liturgy & Installation of Board

6:30pm                  Reception

7:30pm                  Banquet Dinner


Thursday, October 19

7:30am                  Liturgy

8:00am                  Continental Breakfast

9:00am                  Major Address

10:30am                Closing Remarks


To register online for the 2017 Convention, please click “Register.” Do you prefer to send in a registration form by mail, and include a check? Download a printable copy of the 2017 Registration Form now.


Registrant Type Early Bird Special Before 9/8 Regular Fees After 9/8
Active/Associate Member $400 $450
Student Member $325 $375
Non-CLSA Member $450 $500
Pre-Convention Registrant $275 $325

Registrants for the entirety of the General Convention will receive Convention materials and entrance to all presentations. The registration fee includes an invitation to the Opening Cocktail Reception on Monday, October 16, a buffet lunch on Tuesday, October 17, and continental breakfast Tuesday morning through Thursday morning. The fee also includes a banquet dinner on Wednesday night, October 18.

Please note: Early Bird Registration ends September 8, 2017.



The 2017 Convention will be held at the Westin Indianapolis, 241 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204. The room rates for attendees are as follows: $149.00/night for single and double occupancy; $169.00/night for triple occupancy; or $189.00/night for quadruple occupancy. Pending room availability, the rate is available until September 15, 2017. Rates do not include applicable state and local taxes. Guests may check-in at 3:00pm, and check-out is at 12:00pm.

Please click here to make an online booking. To make a reservation by phone, please call (800) 228-3000 and ask for the Canon Law Convention rate