Speculum Iustitiae Conference for Canon & Civil Lawyers


Tuesday, August 8 & Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Theme:  The Law and the Exercise of Sacred Power


“Since the Church is organized as a social and visible structure, it must also have norms: … in order that the exercise of the functions divinely entrusted to it, especially that of sacred power and of the administration of the Sacraments, may be adequately organized.”  (John Paul II, Apostolic Constitution Sacrae Disciplinae Leges)

Honored Speakers

His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke

  • The Plenitudo Potestatis of the Roman Pontiff in Service of the Unity of the Church
  • The Right and Duty To Give Judgment and the Power of Governing of the Diocesan Bishop

Reverend Monsignor Markus Graulich

  • Quod omnes tangit… Canonical Perspectives on Synodality

Reverend Monsignor Stephen Doktorczyk

  • The Exercise of the Office of Judging in accord with the Discipline of Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus: The Experience of a Diocesan Tribunal

Dr. Kurt Martens

  • Ut efficacius redderetur muneris exercitium Pastoris Ecclesiae: Reflections on the Reform of the Roman Curia by Pope Francis

Attorney Joshua M. McCaig

  • The Catholic Bar Association and the Challenge of Living the Catholic Faith in the Legal Profession

CLICK HERE: Online Brochure


Conference attendees are encouraged to make reservations at the Radisson Hotel in La Crosse.  To make a reservation, call the number below. Let them know you are participating in the Speculum Iustitiae Conference (Promotional Code:  LAW17).

The discounted rate is available until July 7, 2017.

Radisson Hotel
200 Harborview Plaza
La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601
(608) 784-7046

CLICK HERE to view a list of other local accommodations.

Attendees are encouraged to make their own transportation arrangements while they are visiting La Crosse, as transportation will not be provided to and from local hotels to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe during the conference.

From Radisson Hotel, expect a 15 minute drive through La Crosse to the Shrine.

$250.00 through July 7, 2017.
$325.00 after July 7, 2017.

$200.00  –  Canon Law Student

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to register online.

Seating is limited. Registrations will be considered on a first come – first served basis.  No refunds after July 7, 2017.

If you are a priest who would like to concelebrate Holy Mass during the Conference, please bring an alb and a white stole.

Visiting Priests and Deacons

Bishop William P. Callahan of the Diocese of La Crosse has asked that we have all visiting priests or deacons send a letter of suitability to the Diocese no later than 48 hours before the day of their visit if they desire to exercise ministry at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Msgr. David Kunz, Vicar for Clergy, will be the contact at Holy Cross Diocesan Center. You can mail, email, or fax a copy of the letter of suitability, the name of parish, and the date the Mass will be celebrated.


Diocese of La Crosse
P.O. Box 4004
La Crosse, WI 54602-4004
Attn: Msgr. David Kunz

Email: dkunz@diolc.org

Fax:  (608) 791-0165

Please contact Greg Marco by email or by phone at (877) 799-4059.

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