The Reformation at 500: Reflections on Preaching in the Roman Catholic and the Protestant Church

Oct 26, 2017 | 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Calvin Seminary

3233 Burton St SE | Grand Rapids, MI

Fall Preaching Conference 2017

With Gregory Heille, OP and Timothy Brown


As the world prepares to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, join us for a stimulating day that will reflect on the changes in preaching over the years in both the Roman Catholic and Protestant worlds.

This one-day seminar will begin with worship and a homily presented by Fr. Gregory Heille, OP.   In the morning Fr. Heille will deliver an address titled “Christian Reform and Our Baptismal Mission as Disciples and Evangelists” reflecting on the many changes in Roman Catholic preaching especially since Vatican II and up to the present day under the leadership of Pope Francis.   Dr. Timothy Brown will respond to this talk and in the afternoon will deliver an address on changes in Protestant preaching practices in the last half century with Fr. Heille then providing a response.  Question and Answer periods will also take place after both addresses.

To register: send an email to: with your name and what church you represent. Also tell us how you plan to pay for the conference so we can have a name tag for you with the correct information.

Possible options:

  1. All day (9:30 – 3:00 pm), including lunch: $20
  2. Morning worship, first lecture, no lunch: $10
  3. Calvin Seminary student: $5 (tell us if you want lunch)

Payment instructions:

  1. Write a check to Calvin Seminary and mail it to:

Calvin Theological Seminary

Attention: Mary Bardolph

3233 Burton St. SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49546

  1. Pay at the door with check, cash, or credit card. Worship begins at 9:30. Registration opens at 8:15. Please note that there may be long lines to pay at the door.


 G Heile Fr. Gregory Heille, OP, is professor of homiletics and academic dean at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, Missouri.   He has given multiple presentations on preaching in North America, England, Ireland, and Australia and has served as past president of the Catholic Association of Teachers of Homiletics and the Academy of Homiletics.  He is the author of the book The Preaching of Pope Francis: Missionary Discipleship and the Ministry of the Word (Liturgical Press, 2015).



 T Brown Dr. Timothy Brown is President of Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan, where he also serves as the Henry Bast Professor of Preaching.  Prior to coming to Western in 1995, Dr. Brown served as the pastor of Christ Memorial Church in Holland, Michigan.  Dr. Brown is a frequent speaker at pastors’ conferences, college campuses, and church renewal events. He has served on the Reformed Church in America’s Board of Theological Education; the Hope College Board of Trustees; and the executive committee of Words of Hope, a worldwide radio ministry; and is currently a General Synod Professor.




9:30am: Opening Worship Service, Seminary Chapel

10:30: Lecture by Fr. Gregory Heille, OP, with response by Timothy Brown and Q&A, Seminary Auditorium

12:00: Catered Lunch, Student Center, Seminary

1:00: Lecture by Dr. Timothy Brown with response by Gregory Heille and Q&A, Seminary Auditorium