Day 1: Canon Law Conference (and a video message)

See the video message, for you readers, below!


I’ve journeyed to LaCrosse and the magnificent Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe for the annual Speculum Iustitiae conference.

Card. Burke organized the conference six years ago.  It is always intellectually and spiritually refreshing.

Yes it is possible to build beautiful churches in this age.

The altar of Miguel Proh.

We are focusing mostly on marriage during this conference.

Archbp. Broglio is speaking.

More later.

But first …


The work of chaplains is critically important.


Go ahead… help!


There are tables with books for sale.  Included is, of course, The Five Cardinals Book.

Click HERE 


During the Q&A Card. Burke engaged with some of the questioners.

After a long day, which also included Mass and Vespers with a Holy Hour and Benediction, time for supper.

Then for another round of Q&A.


His Excellency Archbp. Timothy Broglio has a message for YOU READERS!


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  1. aquinasadmirer says:

    There is another side altar there of St. Gianna Beretta Molla.

    While visiting, a woman came up to me and pointed out something interesting about the angels in the painting at that altar. The faces of these angels are from photographs of children whose mothers achieved pregnancy through the intercession of St. Gianna. It makes me smile every time I think of it.

    The shrine is a beautiful and special place.

  2. I didn’t know that about the painting. Thanks!

  3. acardnal says:

    Fr. Z, if you get the opportunity, visit Granddad Bluff with its large USA flag and enjoy the vista of the Mississippi and La Crosse environs. One of the humorous sites to visit there is the world’s largest six pack! HERE

  4. “Yes it is possible to build beautiful churches in this age.”

    The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe was designed by Notre Dame church architect Duncan Stroik. See his portfolio at

    for the new Sacred Heart Cathedral currently under construction in Knoxville (TN).

  5. Zephyrinus1 says:

    Dear Fr Z,

    It’s been a while since I’ve seen anyone say “Thank You” for your magnificent Priestly Vocation, so I do so, now.

    Thank You, Fr, for your dedicated life of a Priestly Vocation.
    Thank You, Fr, for your adherence to things Catholic.
    Thank You, Fr, for your support to Catholics who are “under the cosh” for various reasons from various people and various ideologies.

    May God Bless you and keep you (and all your confrères).

  6. benedetta says:

    What a beautiful setting for the conference. Those icons are quite striking indeed.

  7. Raymond says:

    I love how–in true Wojtyla/Ratzinger fashion–both Cardinal Burke and Archbishop Broglio still hook their pectoral crosses onto one of their cassock buttons! Most other bishops have adopted the “hang-loose” style of the current papacy.

  8. AmjdhA says:

    It’s always nice to see and hear from my Archbishop! Thank you for the photos and video.

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