Over the last couple days I attended a Canon Law and Civil Law Conference at the beautiful Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the Diocese of LaCrosse. A great setting for a great conference.
Alas, the Shrine is in a rather remote area, and there was neither phone coverage nor internet. I was pretty much off the grid for a couple days.
Here, however, are a few pics.
The attendees formed a group of goodly size this year. I attended 3 years ago and it was smaller. There were quite a few civil lawyers and non-priests at the meeting.
Archbp. Sample giving his address. Sorry… my iPhone isn’t good at low light and distance.
Here is a shot of the interior of the church. This proves that we don’t have to build ugly churches if we don’t want to.
The Shrine is staffed by the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, about whom we have thought a great deal of late.
Last night there was a nice supper and, afterward, Q&A with the speakers. The food at the cafe is surprisingly good.
Cardinal Burke asking Bishop Gainer (D. Lexington) a question.
Card. Burke preached at the noon Mass today.
Fr. Z and friend doing a little writing after the conference.
I was deeply edified by the talks and gained a lot of insight into the work of diocesan tribunals. It was a valuable two days in a beautiful, prayerful setting.
The Shrine is worth the effort to visit. Make the effort and take the time.