February 17th & 18th, 2023 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:

Sohrab Ahmari

Founder and Editor, Compact Mag

    Brian Burch

    President, CatholicVote.org

      Christopher Check

      President, Catholic Answers

        Dr. William Fahey

        President, Thomas More College of the Liberal Arts

          Scott Bloch

          Author and Attorney

            2023 Schedule

            Friday, February 17th

            Sohrab Ahmari Catholic Social Teaching in the American Tradition

            Saturday, February 18th

            Christopher Check Christopher Columbus: Hero or Villain?
            Brian Burch Political Shadows and Sacramental Realities – Making Sense of our Political Moment
            12 noon
            Lunch on your own
            Scott Bloch When Knights Clashed with Administrators: The Story of Catholicism at the State University
            Dr. William Fahey Can Piety for America be Restored?
            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


              2023 - Catholicism and America


              2022 - Feasts, Fasts, and the Seasons: The Art of Liturgical Living

              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