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Napa Institute Discussion Seminar:
On the Sacraments and Their Ministers

Thursday, July 25, 2019, 07:30am to 09:00am

Hosted by Thomas Aquinas College

In conjunction with the
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Meritage Resort and Spa
Napa, California
Salons B&C
Carneros Ballroom
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Seminar Discussion: 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. 
Open to all conference attendees

Scandal in the Church, particularly among its ministers, can tempt some believers to lose faith in the sacraments and their efficacy. At such times it is worth reflecting on St. Thomas Aquinas’ discussion of these matters in the Summa Theologiae. St. Thomas argues that the sacraments, as works of God alone, are causes of grace, even if conferred by “evil ministers.” Indeed, “Those who approach the sacraments,” he writes, “receive an effect whereby they are enlikened not to the ministers but to Christ.”

Please join members of the faculty of Thomas Aquinas College for a deeper look at these important and timely passages at this year’s Napa Institute conference, “Equipping Catholics in the Next America.” The seminar is open, free of charge, to all of the conference’s attendees.


1. Register for the Napa Institute Conference.

2. Register for the Thomas Aquinas College’s Seminar.

3. Read the brief reading before the seminar. The College will mail it to you, but you can also can download and print it for yourself:

Space is limited — register now! Questions? Please e-mail Paul O'Reilly or call, 805-727-6191

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“The Church will flourish through the inspiring example and praiseworthy endeavors of Thomas Aquinas College.”

– The Most Rev. Pietro Sambi (†)

Apostolic Nuncio to the United States