Last Saturday, Dr. Peter Kreeft was a guest speaker at St. Patrick’s in Casper.  After visiting with the pastor, Fr. Gary Ruzika this week, I thought it might be nice to share a reflection on the day with this readership.  Since I was not present for the day, a young man who helped coordinate the event, John Perry, has provided the following brief synopsis and pictures. 

 The conference was held at St. Patrick’s Church on Saturday April 20th.  Our guest was Dr. Peter Kreeft, professor of philosophy at Boston College.  Dr. Kreeft is the author of over 67 books on theology, philosophy, and apologetics, and a sought-after speaker.  About 300 men, women, and young people from around the Diocese attended.  A sizable contingent from Wyoming Catholic College attended, as well as a handful of folks from other faiths.  Dr. Kreeft spoke on four topics: Jesus, Prayer, the Sacraments, and Winning the Culture War.  

The feeling of camaraderie, enthusiasm, and the simple joy of being Catholic was palpable in the room.  It was a beautiful thing to see so many people, both young and old, thirsting to grow in their knowledge of love of Jesus and the Church He gave us.  Dr. Kreeft’s talks were deep, insightful, humorous, challenging, and practical all at the same time.   Perhaps the most interesting part of the conference were Dr. Kreeft’s Q and A sessions.  At the end of each talk, Dr. Kreeft spent about 15 minutes fielding questions – most of them quite difficult.  He answered them deftly, making complex ideas simple to understand.  Dr. Kreeft’s wisdom, warmth, and kindness also made an impression.

I think the folks attending came away invigorated and challenged to live their faith more authentically.  It was a blessing.

Audio and video recordings, at least in a digital format, will soon be available.

Thanks for giving me the opportunity to share about such a beautiful day.