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Sir James MacMillan

Scottish Classical Composer & Conductor

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Alexander Stoddart

Sculptor In Ordinary to Her Majesty the Queen

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James McCrery, II AIA, NCARB

Principal, McCrery Architects:

The Fourth Annual Catholic Art Institute conference will take place on Oct. 30, 2022,
bringing together the world’s leading artists and scholars to rediscover
the power of beauty in the modern world.

The Conference will open with a Choral High Mass for the Feast of Christ the King in the baroque splendor of Chicago’s historic St. John Cantius Church.

Conference presentations will take place at the Athenaeum Center for Thought & Culture.
This year we're trying a new approach to ticket sales. Tickets will be sold to include the catered lunch, dinner and panel discussions and less expensive tickets will be offered for the presentations only and will not include food.

Additional details will be provided when ticket sales begin.


at the

High Mass at St. John Cantius


                             CONFERENCE AGENDA

12:30-1:40   Choral High Latin Mass, St. John Cantius Church
1:45 -2:00   Bus departs to Athenaeum Center

2:00-2:30    Registration
2:00 -2:45   Catered Lunch upon arrival at the Athenaeum Center (for all inclusive ticket holders)
3:00-3:45   Speaker: James McCrery
3:45 -4:00    Break

4:00-5:00    Speaker: Alexander Stoddart
5:00-5:15     Break

5:15-6:15     Keynote Address: Sir James McMillan
6:15-6:45    Reception & Networking Time

6:45-7:45    Dinner in the Athenaeum Theater Event Room

7:45-8:15       Panel Discussion moderated by Federalist Art Critic, William Newton

8:15- 8:45      Social Time & Conference Ends


This year tickets will be offered that include lunch and dinner and ones that are for the presentations and 30 min social time after the conference with cash bar.  Tickets that include lunch and dinner will need to be purchased by Oct. 22, 2022.

Tickets are available for members and non-members but please note that we will be verifying membership and you will be contracted for renewal if your membership isn't current.


If you would like to enroll as a member, you can do so by completing form found on our  membership page.

A limited number of tickets for a chartered bus to the Athenaeum Theater from St. John Cantius can be purchased. If you would like to use the bus service, please be purchase a bus ticket in addition to your conference ticket. Buses will not return to St. John Cantius from the Athenauem Theater at the end of the event. Bus tickets will be available by Aug. 23, 2022.

Full refunds will be provided to all ticket purchasers if the city of Chicago imposes restrictions causing the conference to be canceled.


A catered buffet lunch will be provided upon arrival at the Athenaeum at 2:00 pm to those that purchase tickets that include catering. The lunch buffet will consist of sandwiches, mini burgers, salads, coffee, tea and desserts. Gluten, dairy free, vegan, and vegetarian options are available upon request. Please email, with your dietary requirement, when you purchase your conference ticket. We cannot guarantee your meal requirements without advanced notice.


A three-course dinner including dessert, wine service, and open bar, will follow the speaker presentations in the new event space at the Athenaeum Theater, followed by a 30 minute panel discussion.



Tickets that include lunch and dinner are refundable for the full price until October 22, 2022. Non-catering tickets are fully refundable until Oct. 29th.

If you have questions, please email:





If you are an artist or have a business you'd like to promote at the conference, 6 ft tables for displaying your work and promoting your business will be provided with two tickets to the dinner portion of the event. Table purchases will be available for purchase shortly.

If you would like to place an ad in our conference program, in our newsletter and on social media as a conference sponsor, please email us at


Will tickets be available at the door?

Tickets without meals will be available for advanced purchase online (where you can select a better seat) or at the door on the day of the event.  Tickets that include the lunch and dinne rmust be purchased by October 22, 2022.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

You will need to present your ticket via phone or printed, at the door of the Theater to gain entry.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Saint John Cantius Church is located at the triple intersection of Chicago, Milwaukee, and Ogden Avenue. The 24-hour CTA “Chicago” Blue Line subway stop is only a block away. Bus 56 on Milwaukee Ave, and Bus 66 on Chicago Ave stop nearby.  

There is limited street parking and lot space available at St. John Cantius.

Ample parking is available in the lot next to the Athenaeum Theater.