February 25th & 26th, 2022 at the River Room in historic Fort Scott, Kansas — LIMITED SEATING

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Featured Speakers

We're delighted to welcome new and returning speakers to lead the conversation:

Dr. Michael Foley

Professor of Patristics, Baylor University

    Dale Ahlquist

    President, Society of G.K. Chesterton

      Dr. John Cuddeback

      Professor of Philosophy, Christendom College

        Dr. William Fahey

        President, Thomas More College of the Liberal Arts

          Brandon Sheard

          Owner/Operator, Farmstead Meatsmith

            Rev. Joshua Morey, OSB

            Subprior, Clear Creek Abbey

              2022 Schedule

              Friday, February 25th

              Dr. Michael Foley How to Drink Like a Saint
              Mr. Dale Ahlquist Feasting and (surprisingly) Fasting with G.K. Chesterton
              Afterglow at River Room

              Saturday, February 26th

              Welcome and Opening Remarks Daniel Kerr, Prairie Troubadour host
              Fr. Joshua Morey To Love Fasting; or, Why Officers Eat Last
              Mr. Brandon Sheard The Virtue of Pig Killing
              Lunch on your own We recommend Luther's BBQ, just downstairs from the event venue.
              Dr. John Cuddeback Animating Your Home with Leisure
              Dr. William Fahey “My Little Horse Must Think it Queer” and Other Musings on the Natural Order of Liturgical Living
              Break & Break-outs with Vendors
              Q&A Panel with Presenters
              Whiskey & Cigar Soiree with the Speakers, with musical entertainment by the students of St. Martin's et alia For VIP pass-holders only

              Frequently Asked Questions

              Is childcare available? Yes. Free childcare is available on Saturday only starting at 8:30am at The Empress Event Room at 7 North Main Street in downtown Fort Scott. Please contact Katie Kerr at kkerr@saintmartinsacademy.org for details and to sign up.

              What lodging options are available in Fort Scott?  The Courtland Hotel at 620.223.0098 and the Sleep Inn at 620.223.2555 are excellent options and they have taken very good care of Troubadourians in past years. When you call to book please mention that you're attending the Prairie Troubadour.

              Are there discounts available? Yes, discounts are available for students, youth and members of Mary Queen of Angels parish. Please email info@prairietroubadour.org and we will send you the appropriate discount code that you can use at checkout.

              About Us

              The Prairie Troubadour is named in memoriam of poet, song-writer and man of the Kansas prairie, Gerald Francis Kerr.

              What is the Troubadour?

              Faithful to Holy Mother Church, The Prairie Troubadour is a group of friends inspired by the likes of Cardinal Newman, ChesterBelloc, John Senior, and other stalwarts of the Faith, to live and share the Joy of Christ through stories, song and good red wine. Through our annual symposium, we intend to create an authentic Catholic experience where the Good, the True and the Beautiful are glimpsed through lively discourse punctuated by earnest prayer, toothsome food, strong drink and the real mirth found in friendship. Catholicism needn't be stodgy and narrow.  Quite the contrary! As G.K. Chesterton reminds us, the walls built by the Church through doctrine and discipline are not the walls of a prison, but the "walls of a playground."  And as Belloc wrote, "Wherever the Catholic Sun doth shine, there's always laughter and good red wine.  At least I've always found it so.  Benedicamus Domino."

              Indeed it is so.  Let us bless the Lord!

              Dr. Gerald Kerr

              1944 – 2015Patriarch, physician, poet, farmer, troubadour, true Kansan and lover of the prairie.  Beloved husband, father of 6 and papa to 31 grand-children.  Catholic son. 

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                Past Symposia


                2021 – Let Them Be Born in Wonder: The Lives and Legacy of the Integrated Humanities Program

                  Presenters: Fr. Francis Bethel, Christopher Check, Dale Ahlquist, Joseph Pearce No video available

                2019 – Reason for Faith: Reflections on Particles and the Paraclete

                  Presenters: David Whalen, Stacy Trasancos, Dale Ahlquist, William Fahey, Kevin O'Brien No video available

                2018 – Field and Family: Reflections on a Healthy Human Ecology

                2017 – The Restoration of the Imagination

                2016 - History and Heretics: The Great Clash of Christendom and Islam

                  Presenters: Dale Ahlquist, Christopher Check, Kevin O’Brien and Stephanie Mann No video available