Enter Through the Narrow Gate

The Urgency of the New Evangelization in the Third Millennium

October 11—12, 2019

Registration is now open! Early registration discount available.

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Celebrating 100 years of forming priests, deacons, and lay leaders

As part of the Centennial Celebration, Sacred Heart Major Seminary is excited to host this theological symposium – a gathering of national and international clergy, faculty and thought leaders to learn and discuss the importance of the New Evangelization for the Church today.

October 11-12, 2019 | Westin Book Cadillac | 1114 Washington Blvd., Detroit 

For additional information email thenarrowgate2019@shms.edu or call 313-596-7401.

Keynote Speakers

Bishop Daniel E. Flores

Bishop of Brownsville, Texas and member of USCCB Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis.

Bishop Daniel Flores Official Portrait

Dr. John Cavadini

Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame and Director of the McGrath Institute for Church Life.

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Dr. Scott Hahn

Founder and President of the Saint Paul Center for Biblical Theology and Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville

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Friday, Oct. 11

11:30 a.m.Registration Opens
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.Pre-conference lunch and networking
2:00 p.m.Opening Welcome and Keynote Speaker  
4:00 p.m.Room check-in and free time
4:30 p.m.Prayer Service
5:00 p.m.Welcome Reception
6:00 p.m.Dinner Celebration and Keynote Speaker – Bishop Daniel Flores

Saturday, Oct. 12

7:30 a.m.Mass – St. Aloysius Catholic Church
8:00 a.m.Coffee and Conversation
8:30 a.m.Breakfast and Keynote Speaker  
10:00 a.m.Break
10:30 a.m.Breakout Sessions
11:30 a.m.Lunch and “Through the Narrow Gate” Panel Presentation
1:30 p.m.Closing Conference Remarks
2:30 p.m.(Optional) Presentation – Unleash the Gospel within the Archdiocese of Detroit
4:30 p.m.(Optional) Mass at National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica (transportation provided)
6:00 p.m.Discover Detroit (on your own)

Hotel and Travel

Hotel Information

All conference events will take place at The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit.

Special Conference Rates
Hotel conference rate: $169 per night. The last day to book is September 20. Reserve rooms online here.

Discover Detroit

Learn about the old, come see what’s new, and be surprised by what you never knew when you visit the city of Detroit! The downtown area is a rare jewel of the Midwest and offers a number of attractions for all lifestyles. Visitors will find an array of performing arts, sporting events, museums, restaurants, and much more! In addition, the Catholic roots run deep within the city and the surrounding areas. You may want to consider visiting:

Blessed Solanus Casey Center

Explore the life of Detroit’s own doorkeeper. In his life, Fr. Solanus Casey acted as the porter of the Detroit monastery; this position allowed him to greet thousands of people from all walks of life. A journey through the Solanus Casey Center welcomes pilgrims to visit the Hall of Saints to learn about the saints most influential to Blessed Solanus. A visit is an opportunity to strengthen faith and love for God.

Call: (313) 579-2100, or visit: www.solanuscenter.org

Ste. Anne de Detroit

Founded by French settlers in 1701, Ste. Anne de Detroit, patroness of the Archdiocese of Detroit, is the second oldest running Roman Catholic Parish in the United States. The current Church structure, built in 1886, houses the official shrine to Ste. Anne and is the resting place of Fr. Gabriel Richard – an important figure for the Catholic Church in Michigan. (Please note that the church is not always open to walk-in visitors. Please call ahead to schedule a visit.)

Call: (313) 496-1701, or visit: ste-anne.org

St. Joseph Oratory

St. Joseph Oratory is a Victorian Gothic structure dating back to 1873 and regarded for national architectural significance. Located in Detroit’s historic Eastern Market district, it is a landmark of Catholic faith, culture, and community. Home of the Canons of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, it is a center for Traditional Latin Masses, regular devotions, liturgical instruction, and an active parish life.

Call: (313) 784-9152, or visit: www.institute-christ-king.org/detroit