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Schedule for Festival for Freedom at Notre Dame 6/21/12-7/4/12

June 14th, 2012, Promulgated by Diane Harris

Beautiful Grounds of Notre Dame Retreat House

The Festival for Freedom is shaping up nicely at Notre Dame.  For more information, visit the website  If you want a mailing of the full program with registration materials, please email Deacon Claude Lester at  Seating will be limited, especially at “For Greater Glory” and for Michael Voris (   There is no admission charge, but there will be a good will offering taken up at a number of events.  Donations to help offset the costs are most welcome.  Send tax deductible donations to St. Mary Canandaigua, marked “For Festival for Freedom.”  The only specific charges are for lunch and dinner (if requested/reserved) and for materials for the day-long Constitutional Seminar.  Note that the daily fixed program has been changed.  There is no 9:00 AM Mass on Sunday, and there is no longer a need to reserve meals in advance.  Lunch and dinner may be arranged on the same day, on site.











Speakers in Alphabetical Order

Jann Armantrout, Life Issues Coordinator, Diocese of Rochester

 David Cook, Rochester Attorney

 Kim Daniels, Catholic Voices USA coordinator

 Kyle Duncan, General Counsel of the Becket Fund

 Dr. Pia de Solenni, ethicist, moral theologian & cultural analyst

 Rev. Brian Frain, S.J., faculty at McQuaid Jesuit High School

 Kathy Gallagher, NYS Catholic Conference

 Philip Gray, JCL, Professional Canonical Services, Canon Lawyer

 David Higbee, St. Irenaeus Ministries

 Loretta Fleming, Deputy Director. field coordination for Nat’l Committee for Human Life Amendment

 Anna Franzonello, Americans United for Life

 Dr. Anne Hendershott, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Urban Studies,  King’s College, NYC

 Rev. Jim Hewes, Pastor: St. Jude the Apostle, St. Helen and Holy Ghost

 Dr. James Hitchcock, St. Louis University

 Dan Kane, Director of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights in Rome, Italy

 Chaplain Ayesha Kreutz, President, Frederick Douglass Foundation of N.Y.

 Patrick Krey, Attorney, Buffalo,  N.Y.

 Deacon Claude Lester, St. Mary Canandaigua and St. Bridget Bloomfield

 Dr. Daniel Mruzek, Universityof Rochester

 Austin Ruse, President C-Fam, Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, NYC and Washington D.C.

 Eric Scheidler, Executive Director, Pro-life Action League

 Rev. Peter Stravinskas, scholar, author, apologist

 Deacon Tim Sullivan, Exec. Director Catholic Charities of Wayne Co., with Connie Sullivan and Angela Maupin (collaborators in marriage preparation)

 Earl Taylor, National Center for Constitution Studies, Idaho

 Jonathan Tobin, Senior Online Editor of Commentary Magazine

 Lisa Wheeler, Co-founder Maximus Group and managing director of For Greater Glory.


Mass: 9:00 AM Daily except Sunday

Adoration: 8:15AM-8:45 PM Daily

Benediction: 8:45 PM Daily 

Other Events

For Greater Glory,” the local premiere. Three performances.

Theater of the Word:  Three performances: Journey of St. Paul”, “Adam and Eve Go to Marriage Counseling”, and “The Call.”

Three Part Performance: “Life of a Jew,” “Eleazar,” and “A Hint of Archbishop Lori.”

Panels:  Finding Truth in what you read/watch;  Survivors’ Panel;  video of panel discussion on First Amendment with audience participation

Seminar:  Day-long Constitutional Seminar ($10 for materials)

Travelogue:  God and the Monuments of Washington, D.C.

Book Discussion:  “He Leadeth Me” by Walter Ciszek, S.J. (led by Suzette Norris)

Videos:  “Romero,” “A Man for All Seasons,” “Canandaigua Panel on First Amendment,” “This is my Body,”  “1776,” Bella!

Children’s Arts and Crafts with Pat Rini Rohrer.  “All red, white and blue.”

Meals:  Daily Continental Breakfast:  Free Will Offering; lunch $7.50 per person; dinner $7.50 per person.  Lunch and Dinner require reservations 3 days in advance.  Or bring own food to picnic on the grounds.

Other:  bell ringing, patriotic sing-along, kites and balloons.

The above lists are not yet complete, and will be updated as more information becomes available.  Visit the Festival Website to match speakers, subjects, program times and dates!




7 Responses to “Schedule for Festival for Freedom at Notre Dame 6/21/12-7/4/12”

  1. Bernie says:

    Wow! Great line-up.

  2. Nerina says:

    No kidding, Bernie. This looks fantastic!

    A couple of questions:

    Can we just show up, or do we need to register for each event?

    Who is paying for all of this? Would they take donations?

  3. Diane Harris says:

    Good questions, Nerina. There is a lot more info on and yes, you can just “show up,” but it will be a “first come” basis for some events. The chapel holds only about 200 people, so the 3 screenings of “For Greater Glory” will only allow about 600 people in total to see it on June 30. That movie will be the only event without simulcast screening into the cafeteria for overflow. Registration would be a very good idea for this movie, as the tickets (they are free) will be the people admitted first, and then those who arrive on a “first come” basis. Since there will be people who ONLY come to that event, making a reservation would be a good idea. We will be posting a reservation form on the Festival website in the next day or two.

    Other events which should be especially popular will be the three different Theater of the Word presentations, and the 3-part theater on Friday evening June 29. Also, if you want lunch or dinner ($7.50 each meal, per person) it needs to be reserved at least 3 days in advance (also on the registration form). That is because Notre Dame is supplying the food and they need the advance notice.

    The only other charge besides food is $10 for materials for the Constitution Seminar on June 23rd. There will be numerous opportunities for “free will offerings” at different locations and times in order to defray the expenses, but it was desired to be accessible to everyone, so donations will be very important. Donations may also be made directly to St. Mary Canandaigua and sent to Deacon Claude Lester’s attention at 95 North Main St. Canandaigua 14424. Be sure to put the words “Festival for Freedom” on the memo line of a check or otherwise it will go to St. Mary’s General Fund. You will get a tax deduction receipt after the Festival is over. Any other questions? Just ask! Really hoping to see many of my CF friends there!

  4. Susan of Corning says:

    Is the retreat house air-conditioned?

  5. Diane Harris says:

    Yes, I am told that it IS air-conditioned.

  6. Eliza10 says:

    Hi, it says here you need to order lunch and dinner 3 days in advance. I Googled the retreat house to find a number, and the number provided (394-5700)no one ever answers, just a recording saying they are on another line or away from the desk. I left messages and my number but no one has called back. It is now less than three days till I go. So has anyone tried letting them know you will be there for a meal? I have been to Notre Dame before and I know there it is not near other places to eat. Besides I would rather eat with everyone else. If I am not able to purchase meals because its late now, would I be able to bring a box lunch and box dinner and still sit with everyone else to eat?

  7. Diane Harris says:

    Notre Dame changed its rules yesterday and anyone can now register for a meal and pay ($7.50) on the same day as their attendance. In addition, people are welcome to bring their own food. Notice above that there is an update to this original post, mentioning this regarding lunch and dinner, and also about the CATS transporta, and about Michael Voris coming, and which events are likely to be the most crowded (For Greater Glory and Michael Voris). Hope this helps.

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