2020 Clergy Conference


Begins: Monday, May 4th, 2020 Ends: Wednesday, May 6th, 2020


Daily: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm


Grand Hotel, 1045 Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204

Portrait of Ray Suarez, John J. McCloy '16 Visiting Professor of American Studies. Photo by Maria Stenzel.

The 2020 Conference will begin with dinner on Monday evening and conclude with a boxed lunch on Wednesday. The fee for this year’s conference is $195, which includes gratuity for the hotel staff. Scholarships will be available upon request. Lodging is free for spouses and partners, and an optional meal plan will be available for spouses and partners.

 What you can expect this year:

Great fellowship, inspiring talks, Byron’s best books, free time to visit downtown Cape May in (hopefully!) beautiful Springtime, and opportunities for spiritual formation and self-care. Hearts and Minds Bookstore will set up shop at our Spring Conference.

Please contact  Benjamin Gildas (fatherbenjamingildas@gmail.com), or Jill LaRoche Wikel (jlarowils@gmail.com) if you have any questions.

Speaker Ray Suarez

The Clergy Conference will feature veteran writer Ray Suarez. Suarez, a prominent journalist, author and lifelong Episcopalian, will speak to the shifting demographics and the Episcopal Church.

The New York Times called Suarez the “thinking man’s talk show host,” and “a national resource.” Suarez spent 14 years as a correspondent and anchor at public television’s nightly newscast, The PBS NewsHour where he rose to become chief national correspondent. During his years at The NewsHour, Suarez covered the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington, four presidential elections, among hundreds of other stories. In 2004, and again in 2008, Suarez moderated presidential candidates debates broadcast on PBS and HDnet. Before PBS NewsHour, Suarez was the Washington-based host of NPR’s Talk of the Nation for six-and-a-half years. Suarez is also the author of "The Old Neighborhood: What We Lost in the Great Suburban Migration 1966-1999;"" The Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America;" and a companion volume to the documentary series for PBS, "Latino Americans: The 500-Year Legacy That Shaped a Nation."