Lift Up Your Hearts: 2021 July Priest Conference

July 12-15, 2021

Spiritual Refreshment, Theological and Scriptural Formation, and Authentic Fellowship

Find your priesthood and your ministry rooted in Scripture at the St. Paul Center’s 2021 July Priest Conference. Featuring world-renowned scholars Scott Hahn, John Bergsma, Ralph Martin, and Fr. David Vincent Meconi, S.J.

Strengthen your commitment to your vocation: build a firm foundation in Scripture and the sacraments, especially the Eucharist.

Each day, you’ll hear talks from the Catholic world’s most respected biblical scholars and fundamental theologians. You’ll anchor yourself in the Blessed Sacrament with Eucharistic adoration, daily Mass, and plenty of time for personal prayer. And you’ll rediscover the beauty of a fraternity of faithful priests with time for shared meals and recreation on Oglebay’s beautiful grounds.

Don’t miss out—join us for this year’s July Priest Conference!

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Scott Hahn

Dr. Scott Hahn is the founder and president of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and has written numerous books on biblical theology. He holds the Father Michael Scanlan, T.O.R., Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he has taught since 1990. He and his wife, Kimberly, have six children and seventeen grandchildren.

John Bergsma

John Bergsma

Dr. John Bergsma is a Senior Fellow at the St. Paul Center and professor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Before entering the Catholic Church, he served as a Protestant pastor for four years. Dr. Bergsma is a prolific author and popular speaker. He specializes in the Old Testament and the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Ralph Martin
Fr. Francis (Rocky) Hoffman

Ralph Martin

President of Renewal Ministries, an organization devoted to Catholic renewal and evangelization, Director of Graduate Theology Programs in Evangelization and a professor of theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in the Archdiocese of Detroit, and author of The Fulfillment of All Desire: A Guidebook for the Journey of God Based on the Wisdom of the Saints and A Church in Crisis: Pathways Forward. 

Fr. Francis (Rocky) Hoffman, Principal Celebrant

Fr. Francis J. Hoffman (Fr. Rocky) is the executive director/CEO of Relevant Radio. In 1992, he was ordained as a priest for Opus Dei and he is a well-known author and speaker.

Father David Meconi, S.J. - Senior Fellow

Fr. David Vincent Meconi, S.J. (Homilist)

Fr. David Vincent Meconi, S.J., is an Associate Professor of Theological Studies and Director of the Catholic Studies Centre at St. Louis University. He has published widely in early Church theology and broader Catholic issues, and is editor of Homiletic and Pastoral Review and the Living Faith Series.

About Oglebay Resort and Conference Center

Situated on a hilltop in the heart of Oglebay Park is the Wilson Lodge, which is a 4-star full-service conference center. Facilities at the lodge include the West Spa, business center, wireless Internet, an indoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna and game room. The resort grounds feature walking and hiking trails, outdoor gardens, 3 golf courses, pedal boats, tennis courts, and much more. Each attendee will have a private room which includes a patio or balcony.


More Information

For additional information or to request a scholarship application, contact Regina Erickson at or call 740-264-9535.

Registration Full

To be put on the wait list, please call our Customer Service desk. You can also register for our next two conferences.

2022 January Priest Conference: January 3-6, 2022; San Diego, California

2022 April Priest Conference: April 25-28, 2022; Austin, Texas