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Pope Leo XIII Institute Summer Conference

Pope Leo XIII Institute 2016 Summer Conference

Update: Moving Toward a Sell-Out! 
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The Virgin Mary’s Role in the Defeat of Satan
Hail, Holy Mary, Our Lady of Victory
(Gen. 3:15; Jn. 19:26-27)

Dates: Sun., Aug. 7, at 7 PM to Fri., Aug. 12, at Noon
Place: USML/Mundelein Seminary, Chicago

For the Year of Mercy
Wednesday, August 10, 2:00-2:45 in the Chapel
Eucharistic Adoration with Prayers for Healing by Monsignor John Esseff
Veneration of the First Class Relic of St. Faustina


His Excellency Thomas Paprocki, Bishop, Springfield, IL
Rev. Msgr. John Esseff, Pope Leo XIII Institute
Rev. Msgr. Stephen Rossetti, D. Min., Ph.D.
Rev. Msgr. Charles Mangan, Mariologist
Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J., Magis Institute
Fr. Gary Thomas, Mandated Exorcist

Spotlight on Speaker: 

Conferences by Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J.
Mary, The New Eve & Woman of Revelation, Part 1 & 2
- Mary’s Humility vs. Demonic Pride
- The Light Shines in the Darkness: Contending with Suffering & Evil Through Faith: Part 1 & 2

Fr. Spitzer is a Catholic Priest in the Jesuit order (Society of Jesus) and is currently the President of the Magis Center and the Spitzer Center. Magis Center produces documentaries, books, high school curricula, adult-education curricula, and new media materials to show the close connection between faith and reason in contemporary astrophysics, philosophy, and the historical study of the New Testament. Magis Center provides rational responses to false, but popular, secular myths. The Spitzer Center produces facilitated curricula to strengthen culture, faith, and spirit in Catholic organizations as well as nonprofit and for-profit organizations.

Some highlights of Fr. Spitzer’s professional life:
• President of Gonzaga University from 1998 to 2009. While president, he significantly increased the programs and curricula in faith, ethics, service, and leadership, and led the efforts to build 20 new facilities, increased the student population by 75%, and raised more than $200 million for scholarships and capital projects.
• Currently appearing weekly on EWTN in “Father Spitzer’s Universe.” He has made many other TV appearances including: Larry King Live (debating Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow), the Today Show (debating on the topic of active euthanasia), The History Channel in “God and The Universe,” a multiple part PBS series “Closer to the Truth,” and the Hugh Hewitt Show.

He is currently writing three new books:
1) The Light Shines on in the Darkness: Contending with Suffering Through Faith
(Ignatius Press – late 2016)
2) The Grand Designer: The Evidence for Creation in Modern Physics
     (with James Sinclair and Bruce Gordon)
3) Jesus-Emmanuel: A Philosopher Examines the Evidence for Jesus.


  • Daily Liturgy, Conferences, Adoration, Prayer (Liturgy of the Hours)
  • Monday evening: Candlelight Rosary Procession to the Marian Grotto led by Msgr. Esseff
  • Wednesday evening: Three specialized tracks:
    • Clergy only: Msgr. Esseff: Spiritual Direction: The Virgin Mary in the Life of a Priest w/ Prayers
    • Health Professionals: Cynthia Hunt, M.D.: Medical Professionals in Collaboration w/ Clergy for Healing
    • Laity: Kathleen Beckman: Intercessors & Discerners: Lord, Teach Us To Pray Against Evil
  • Thursday evening: In the full size theatre: FULL OF GRACE movie narrated by narrated by Ed Groth, Executive Producer & President of Outside da Box: The movie takes up Mary’s life after the Ascension of Christ and highlights her maternal role for the Apostles and the early Church.

Link to Summer Conference Page & Online Registration

All Clergy; Ordained deacons and their wives; Religious Sisters and Brothers;
Seminarians (with their
bishop’s 2016 letter); Institutes of Consecrated Life (laity w/ their bishop’s 2016 letter); Medical professionals (w/ their bishop’s 2016 letter); Laity on diocesan deliverance/exorcism teams (w/ their bishop’s 2016 letter)