February 12th & 13th, 2021 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:

Rev. Francis Bethel, OSB

Prior, Clear Creek Abbey

    Rev. James Jackson, FSSP

    Pastor, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Littleton, CO

      Christopher Check

      President, Catholic Answers

        Dale Ahlquist

        President, Society of G.K. Chesterton

          Joseph Pearce

          Director of Book Publishing, Augustine Institute

            Sean Fitzpatrick

            Assistant Headmaster, Gregory the Great Academy

              Luke Culley

              Headmaster, Gregory the Great Academy

                Daniel Kerr

                Headmaster, St. Martin's Academy

                  2021 Schedule

                  Friday, February 12th

                  Joseph Pearce Wisdom and Wonder versus Pride and Prejudice
                  Panel: Meet the Professors – an Introduction to John Senior, Frank Nelick, and Dennis Quinn Fr. Jackson, Alan Hicks, Kenneth Klassen
                  Afterglow and star-gazing (weather permitting) at St. Martin's Academy

                  Saturday, February 13th

                  Welcome and Opening Remarks Daniel Kerr, Prairie Troubadour host
                  Fr. James Jackson On the Integrated Humanities Program
                  Panel: Education in the Poetic Mode Alan Hicks, Howard Clark, Luke Culley
                  Fr. Francis Bethel On Monasticism and the Poetic
                  12 noon
                  Lunch on your own We recommend Luther's BBQ, just downstairs from the event venue.
                  Sean Fitzpatrick The Quixotic Quest for Beautiful Bull$#!@
                  Breakout Sessions: Latin as a Living Language (Magister Klassen), Calligraphy (Maria Klassen), John Senior and the Restoration of Realism (Fr. Bethel), and more!
                  Panel: The Restoration of Christian Culture Joseph Pearce, Christopher Check, Dale Ahlquist
                  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

                  Has your venue changed? Yes – this year's event will be held at the River Room, at 3 W Oak Street in historic downtown Fort Scott.

                  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.

                  What are the options for Mass over the weekend? Mass will be offered in the Extraordinary Form especially for Troubadour guests at 10am on Sunday February 14th at St. Pius X Catholic Student Center in Pittsburg, Kansas (a 30-minute drive from Fort Scott). Mass in the Ordinary Form is available at Mary Queen of Angels in Fort Scott at 5:30pm on Saturday the 13th, and at 8am and 10am on Sunday.

                  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.

                  Will there be child care available? We will not be providing child care this year.

                  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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                    Questions? Email us at info@prairietroubadour.org.

                    Past Symposia


                    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