About Summer Conference
For over 31 years the Summer Conference has provided participants with time for reflection and renewal.
The annual Conference themes explore the challenges of living our faith. How do we make holy our chosen roles as parents, teachers, business owners or employees and create a bit more of the Kingdom of God here in our time? We believe that when we explore ways to live out the Gospel in our families and communities, we are building the Church.
That Benedictine philosophy of integrating work and prayer, that comes from our roots at Mount Angel Abbey, continues to permeate the activities of the Summer Conference.
General Information about the Week
The conference begins each year on a Wednesday afternoon in late July. The following four days include time for study, prayer, and play for both children and adults. Afternoon recreation opportunities include swimming, games, walks, reading, conversation, or even a nap. Evening options include adult social time, a movie night for kids, fine arts, music, or games on the lawn. We conclude with Mass on Sunday.
Residence facilities are available in the UP dorms with three fresh, local and delicious meals a day from UP's Bon Appetit food service. Day-use facilities are also available for commuters -with or without meals.
Guests may also choose to come to the Keynote Lecture Series only.
The Summer Conference, originally known as the Mount Angel Summer Conference, was hosted by Mount Angel Abbey in western Oregon for the first 25 years -beginning in 1983. A change in Conference venue and sponsorship was needed in 2007, the 25th year of the Conference so in 2008 long-time conference participants and teachers formed Engelberg Conference a non-profit organization and re-initiated Conference in its new location at the University of Portland. The Conference continues to maintain ties to the monks of Mount Angel Abbey.
The Goals of Summer Conference
• Provide clergy, religious and lay people of all ages an opportunity to deepen their faith through study, prayer, art and play in a communal setting.
• Expose participants to outstanding theologians and inspiring people of faith.
• Model a Catholic faith-based community.
• Seek to understand more honestly the mystery of God and the mystery of person within the community of Catholic faith and the world.