On July 21st, 2022, Saint John's Seminary will host a conference on "Vulnerable Persons in Canon Law and Pastoral Ministry" for the clergy of New England. Keynote speaker Bishop Mark O'Connell will discuss the concept of "vulnerable persons" in light of recent reforms to the Code of Canon Law. Canonists and tribunal staff will be interested in the academic side of this vital contemporary question.
The conference invites an audience of parish priests and pastors from across New England. Conference attendees will also hear from Rear Admiral Daniel O'Toole, UNS, who chairs the Diocesan Review Board for the Archdiocese of Boston, and from other experts in risk management and safeguarding our most vulnerable populations. Building on the canonical foundation, these speakers will illuminate how priests and pastors can relate and minister to "vulnerable persons" in their day-to-day pastoral work.
As canon and civil laws change, pastoral practice will change with them. The upcoming conference at Saint John's Seminary will prepare the clergy of New England to remain at the forefront of the Church's efforts to combat abuse while serving the most vulnerable members of the church compassionately and effectively.Learn More