Faith & Culture Conference

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

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


Pope Innocent III
in Raphael's Disputation of the Holy Sacrament

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)

In response to the overwhelming secularizing trend in American political life and culture, the Alcuin Institute invites you to join us and other scholars from across the nation for a lively, thought-provoking conversation on the historical, theological, and political understanding of the Church-state relationship. How these two “lights” are theoretically understood and practically relate has immediate consequences for the family, education, politics and the Church.

You don’t want to miss out on this unique opportunity! Seating is limited; register today to reserve your place at this historic conference!

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

Christopher Wolfe

University of St. Thomas (Houston)

Noah Torres

University of Dallas

Scott Hefelfinger

Augustine Institute

Bradley Cypher

Divine Mercy University

Brady Beckerman

Independent Scholar

Eric Wearne

Kennesaw State University

Alexander Schimpf

Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

Richard Choate

University of Dallas

Daniel Lendman

Ave Maria University

Frank Grabowski

Rogers State University

Ryan Hanning

San Juan Diego Institute

Br. Anthony Akerman, O.P.

Western Dominican Province

Pat Flynn

Independent Scholar

John O'Neill

St. John Vianney College Seminary

James Madden

Benedictine College

Dcn. Harrison Garlick

Alcuin Institute

Richard Meloche

Alcuin Institute

Aaron Henderson

Alcuin Institute


About the Conference

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.



Catholic School teachers from the Diocese of Tulsa will recieve six (6) IFP credits for attending the conference

Conference Schedule


Friday May 12
6:00 – Registration Opens
7:00 – Patrick Deneen
  "Can Catholic Institutions be Preserved? A View from Notre Dame"
8:00 – Afterglow

Saturday May 13
9:00 – Registration
9:30 – Gladden Pappin
  "Can Decline Be Reversed? A View from Hungary"
10:30 – Concurrent Sessions
12:05 – Mass at Holy Family Cathedral
1:00 – Lunch
2:00 – Concurrent Sessions
3:30 – Chad Pecknold
  "Can Collapsing Empires be Saved? A View from Rome"

4:30 – Panel Discussion with Presenters
5:30 – 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