Continuing Education Program 2012

The 2012 Priests' Continuing Education Program will be held March 6-7; the theme this year will be Best Practices in Parish Leadership. The featured speakers will be Br. Loughlan Sofield, S. T. and Fr. Steve Sallot, from St. Edward the Confessor parish in Dana Point, California.

BROTHER LOUGHLAN SOFIELD, S.T., is a Missionary Servant of the Most Holy Trinity. He has served as Director of the Missionary Servant Center for Collaborative Ministry; Director of the Washington Archdiocesan Consultation and Counseling Center; and Assistant Director of the Center for Religion and Psychiatry, Washington, D.C. Brother Loughlan has worked in almost 300 dioceses in six continents.

Brother Loughlan is Senior Editor of Human Development magazine. In addition to publishing numerous articles on ministry, he is co-author of a number of books. His most recent are: Principled Ministry; Facing Forgiveness; Collaboration: Uniting Our Gifts in Ministry (Winner of the Catholic Press Association (CPA) Second Place Book Awards in the categories of both Professional Books and Pastoral Ministry 2001); Building Community: Christian, Caring, Vital (Winner of CPA First Place Book Award in the category of Professional Books 1999); and Design for Wholeness. All are published by Ave Maria Press.

FATHER STEVE SALLOT is a native of Orange County. He was ordained a diocesan priest in 1980 for the diocese of Orange and received his Masters Degree in School Administration from USF while he was Rector of Mater Dei High School starting in 1992. Currently, Fr. Sallot is pastor of St. Edward parish which has 6,000 families registered and a grade and preschool of over 700 students. He also is pastor of neighboring San Felipe de Jesus parish in Capistrano Beach which serves a largely Spanish-speaking people.

Lodging Information

Lodging is not included in the Conference Fees. The Abbey Retreat House is not available. All lodging will be at the Oregon Garden Resort at 895 West Main Street in Silverton, Oregon.

Guest rooms at the Oregon Garden Resort feature a fireplace, private landscaped patio and either one King size bed or 2 Queen size beds. A restaurant and lounge are in the main lodge with a heated outdoor swimming pool and hot tub available.

The Seminary has arranged lodging for $79 per night that includes a hot breakfast and admission to the Oregon Garden. Deadline for reservations at this special rate is February 5, 2012. Please identify yourself as part of the Seminary Alumni with the password "Benedict." Reservations can be made by calling 503.874.2500 or online at

More details will appear here as they become available. For questions or more information call 503.845.3333 or write