Idea of a Village Conference

June 1st, 2019

Friendship: In Pursuit of the Good Life

        "...We could further call friendship the art of happiness, recognizing that it is not just one art among others. It has unique position in its connection to virtue and holiness, to human fulfillment and happiness."

excerpt from True Friendship by Dr. John Cuddeback

The world is fragmenting at a rapid pace. Communities and families are breaking down, and individuals are finding themselves more isolated and lonely than ever before.


Wise men and saints have taught for millennia that friendship is not just an option but a necessity for a happy and virtuous life, and despite the claims of our individualistic age, we need relationships to thrive, grow in virtue, and experience lasting happiness.


Deep friendships do not come easily, however. Friendship is an art that must be cultivated and maintained.


Join us for the fourth annual Idea of a Village conference as we discuss and discover the essential role of friendship in our pursuit of the good life.

"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


Master of Ceremonies


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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        A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter; he who has found one has found a treasure. — Sirach 6:14


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“There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.”

St. Thomas Aquinas

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