March 2-3, 2019 (Sat-Sun)

Online registration is now closed. Please contact the Family Center at 248-596-9677 to register.


The Inn at St. John’s
44045 5 Mile Rd
Plymouth , MI 48170

“It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; it is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the courage to commit yourselves to improving yourselves and society.” (Pope St. John Paul II)

What is a Conference for Study & Prayer?

The Conference for Study & Prayer is a weekend event aimed at helping Catholics better understand their faith. Miles Christi invites knowledgeable speakers who provide thorough and sound presentations on important topics of our Catholic Faith and its impact on society.

The conference also provides means for spiritual growth. Each day includes the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Holy Rosary, Solemn Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, and a spiritual talk by the Priests of Miles Christi. Confessions are also available.

The title for our 2019 conference is “‘Do Whatever He Tells You’: The Beauty of Catholic Morality”.

Conference Speakers

Dr. Lawrence FeingoldDr. Lawrence Feingold is a lay theologian specialized in St. Thomas Aquinas. After he converted to Catholicism, he earned a doctorate in Dogmatic Theology from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome. Currently he is Assistant Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis, MO.

Dr. Janet Smith received an honorary doctorate in Christian Ethics from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, an honorary doctorate from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, and the Veritas Award from the St. Thomas Aquinas Institute at Ave Maria University. She currently holds the Father Michael J. McGivney Chair of Life Ethics at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, and is the author of numerous books and articles on the Catholic teachings on sexuality and bioethics.

Dr. Gregory Hocott is a Michigan Licensed Psychologist and is the owner of Family Counseling Center. He received his doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Massachusetts and has been counseling since 1987. Prior to owning FCC, Dr. Hocott worked with Vietnam Veterans at a Veteran’s hospital in Massachusetts.

Fr. John Ezratty, MC was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After joining Miles Christi, he studied Philosophy at the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina and later Theology at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome. Ordained priest in 2002, he served as Pastor, Dean of Studies, Professor of Philosophy, and Spiritual Director at the Miles Christi Seminary in Argentina. He has been in the United States since 2010 and currently is Superior of the Miles Christi Community in Michigan.

Please join us for Mass on Saturday, March 2, at 8:30 a.m. presided by Archbishop Allen Vigneron of the Archdiocese of Detroit, to open up the conference!


Conference Schedule

Saturday, March 2
8:30am Holy Mass with Archbishop Allen Vigneron
9:45am Registration & refreshments
10:25am  “The Law Written on the Heart: Foundations of Morality” by Dr. Lawrence Feingold
11:15am  Break
11:30am “What Makes a Human Act Good? The Structure of the Moral Act” by Dr. Lawrence Feingold
12:30pm  Lunch
1:30pm  Holy Rosary
1:50pm  Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Spiritual Talk, priests available for Confessions
3:10pm  “Doing What’s Right, Here and Now: Prudence and the Practical Principals of Morality” by Fr. John Ezratty, MC
4:10pm  Question & Answer Period
5:00pm First day ends
5:45-8:45 Winter Blast for young adults at Miles Christi Family Center
Sunday, March 3
8:30am  Holy Mass
9:30am  Registration & refreshments
10:00am  “Theology of the Body Condensed: Marriage and Celibacy in the Light of Genesis” by Dr. Janet Smith
10:50am Break
11:20am  “What Does the Church Teach About Homosexuality?  The Right Approach to Same-Sex Attraction” by Dr. Janet Smith
12:15pm  Question and Answer Period
1:00pm  Lunch
2:00pm  Holy Rosary
2:20pm  Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Spiritual Talk, priests available for Confessions
3:30pm  “Loving God With All Your Mind: The Role of Emotions in Our Moral Life” by Dr. Gregory Hocott
4:30pm  Question & Answer Period
5:00pm  Second day ends

Photos from our last CSP

Audio recordings from past conference