Course Description

Conference Theme:  The Liturgy - The Source of Christian Life and Mission.

Scriptural Theme:  Romans 15:13.  May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.


- Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of Phoenix
- Dcn. Bob Rice, Phd, Professor of Theology, Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Date:  Saturday, March 19

Time:  8:30am to 12:30pm


8:30 - Mass with Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of Phoenix

9:45 - Dcn Bob Rice, PhD, Talk 1 - Why Liturgy?  Back to the Basics

10:30 - Break

10:45 - Dcn Bob Rice, PhD. Talk 2 - Getting the Most out of the Liturgy

11:30 - Break

11:45 - Dcn Bob Rice, PhD.  Talk 3 - The Liturgy: Equipping us to Change the World

12:30 - End

Location: St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, 2312 E. Campbell Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85016.

The Institute Classroom is located to the west of the church, in the parish office building, south of the gift shop, towards Campbell Ave.

Phone: 602-954-9089


Dr. Bob Rice

Dr. Bob Rice is an associate professor of Catechetics and the director of the Masters of Arts in Catechetics and Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Although much smaller in content than the dissertation of his mentor, Dr. Eric Westby, Bob has a PhD from Liverpool Hope University in the UK where he researched Catholic youth and evangelisation. In the classroom, Bob combines his academic knowledge with over decades of youth ministry experience. Outside the classroom, Bob is an internationally known speaker, acclaimed musician, and innovative writer. He’s has authored numerous books, articles, and award-winning scripts that help people come to a deeper understanding of the Catholic faith. He has recorded twelve CDs and leads worship for over twenty thousand people every year, mostly through the Steubenville Adult and Youth Conferences. Bob lives in Steubenville with his wife Jennifer and their seven children. You can find out more about him at

Course curriculum

  • 1

    About this Conference

    • Reflection Questions for Online Courses

    • Spiritual Life Conference 2022 Homily

    • Spiritual Life Conference 2022 Rice Session 1

    • Spiritual Life Conference 2022 Rice Session 2

    • Spiritual Life Conference 2022 Rice Session 3