Idea of a Village Conference

June 1st, 2019

It is with deep regret that we announce the cancellation of this year’s Idea of a Village conference due to the recent severe weather both in the immediate area where the conference is held as well as further abroad in the Tulsa Diocese.

One way to directly help families affected by recent storms throughout the Diocese is by donating to Catholic Charities of Tulsa, who are spearheading disaster relief efforts in the area.


Thanks to all of you for understanding these difficult circumstances, and if you have any questions or suggestions please contact below.

Pax Christi.

Since 2016 friends of Our Lady of Clear Creek Abbey have hosted an annual conference we call 'The Idea of a Village.'


The goal of the conference is to deepen understanding of our rich Catholic Faith as it radiates  from the prayers of the monks and into our lives.  It also means to provide a venue where attendees can gather to hear edifying talks, engage in spirited conversation, and experience some of the beauty of the monastic ideal of ora et labora.


We are grateful to have Father Abbot Anderson's blessing on this endeavor, and hope that attendees will leave the 'Idea of a Village' conference invigorated in their pursuit of authentic restoration of Christian culture.

For or more information about Clear Creek Abbey and to help the monks build something beautiful for God visit 

2019 Speakers

Harrison Garlick

Harrison Garlick serves as the Chancellor & In-House Counsel for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tulsa and is a candidate in the diaconate program. Harrison is a native Oklahoman and convert to Catholicism. He seeks to serve the people and the parishes of the diocese in a spirit of excellence and fidelity.

Dr. Marcel Brown and Dr. Richard Meloche

"Two Friends on Friendship"

The Alcuin Institute for Catholic Culture engages the Church in Eastern Oklahoma by cultivating Christocentric friendships focused intently on living in accord with the very sources of the Catholic faith. They are a faculty of friends dedicated to the earnest (and often dangerous) quest of discovering truth and living in accord with that discovery.  

Dr. Jared Staudt

"Feasting, Fasting and Friendship"

Jared earned his BA and MA in Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN and his PhD in Systematic Theology from Ave Maria University in Florida. He served previously as a director of religious education in two parishes, taught at the University of Mary, and served as co-editor of the theological journal Nova et Vetera. He is an oblate here at Clear Creek and a regular writer on topics of faith and culture, including his recent book, The Beer Option (Angelico Press).  He and his wife Anne have six children.

Joseph Pearce

"A Ring of Fellowship: The Friendship of Tolkien and Lewis"

Joseph Pearce is Director of Book Publishing at the Augustine Institute and editor of the St. Austin Review. He is the author of books on Catholic literary figures including Shakespeare, Tolkien, Chesterton and Belloc.

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"Then let us love one another and laugh. Time passes, and we shall soon laugh no longer—and meanwhile common living is a burden, and earnest men are at siege upon us all round. Let us suffer absurdities, for that is only to suffer one another."

Hilaire Belloc, The Path to Rome


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St. Thomas Aquinas

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