Faith & Culture Conference

The Two Great Lights: The Spiritual & Temporal Powers
in Catholic Life & Culture

Doubletree Hotel (Downtown)  |  Tulsa, OK
May 12–13, 2023

Keynote Speakers

Chad Pecknold, Ph.D.
Catholic University of America
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Gladden Pappin, Ph.D.
University of Dallas
Patrick Deneen, Ph.D.
University of Notre Dame

Featured Speakers

Andrew Willard Jones, Ph.D.
Franciscan University of Steubenville
Dcn. Harrison Garlick
Chancellor, Diocese of Tulsa
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Richard Meloche, Ph.D.
Alcuin Institute for Catholic Culture
Aaron Henderson
Aaron Henderson, Ph.D.
Alcuin Institute for Catholic Culture

Just as God, founder of the universe, has constituted two large luminaries in the firmament of Heaven, a major one to dominate the day and a minor one to dominate the night, so he has established in the firmament of the Universal Church, which is signified by the name of Heaven, two great dignities, a major one to preside—so to speak—over the days of the souls, and a minor one to preside over the nights of the bodies. They are the Pontifical authority and the royal power.

—Pope Innocent III

Letter to Acerbius & Tuscan Nobles (1198)

Call for Abstracts

The Alcuin Institute for Catholic Culture invites scholars, lay leaders, and religious to reflect upon the fundamental relationship between the Church and civil society. In response to the overwhelming secularizing trend in American political life and culture, which has led to the eclipsing of the traditional structural concepts of nature, family, law, common good, teleology, et al., this conference seeks to explore both the theoretical and practical causes, effects, and possible solutions to this loss.

To this end, the Alcuin Institute issues a ‘Call for Abstracts’ to give serious reflection upon the essential relationship between the two great governing lights, viz. the “pontifical authority” and the “royal power.”

Abstracts should be between 250-350 words, and include: your name, institution, and the title of the proposed presentation. Please submit abstracts in a Word or PDF document to Dr. Aaron Henderson by email at by Dec. 15, 2022. Alternatively, you may use the web form below. Notification of acceptance will be given by Jan. 6, 2023.

Each presentation will be limited to twenty (20) minutes in length. All presenters will receive a $250 travel voucher, plus waiver of registration fee. Select papers may be considered for publication in an edited volume.

Early Bird Registration Now Open!

The Faith & Culture Conference is an annual gathering hosted by the Alcuin Institute for Catholic Culture in the Diocese of Tulsa & Eastern Oklahoma. Its aim is to bring local and national educators and scholars together in fruitful and festive dialogue to discuss the importance of the Catholic faith in shaping and restoring culture.

In addition to hearing from our keynote speakers, the conference will consist of numerous moderated sessions, Holy Mass at our beautiful downtown Cathedral, and conclude with an interactive and lively panel discussion and cocktail soiree.


Become a Sponsor!

Charlemagne Circle | $25,000
  • Logo featured on stage and in major promotional material
  • Premiere feature in conference program & inclusion of approved materials
  • QR Code on back of all registration name tags linked to sponsors' approved website
  • Pre-conference cocktail social sponsorship
  • Opportunity to present a two (2) minute approved company promotional video at conference
  • Ten (10) free tickets to the conference and a travel stipend
  • Two (2) seats at the private speaker’s dinner
  • Two (2) vendor tables in a premier location at conference
  • Name mentioned in publication of conference presentations
  • Mention of sponsor in approximately 1000 radio commercials (beginning February 2023)
  • Various social media & newsletter announcements of sponsorship
  • Ten (10) minute pre-recorded interview with Dr. Meloche on topic of the conference

To become a Sponsor, please contact Mr. Adam Minihan at

Alcuin Circle | $10,000
Carolingian Circle | $5,000
Pope Leo III Circle | $2,500
Vendor Table | $500