The Troubadour of the Prairies: a Catholic gathering this weekend

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Luther’s BBQ Restaurant is located at the corner of Oak Street and National Avenue on the north side of Fort Scott. The River Room Event Center is located on the second floor.

The 6th Annual Prairie Troubadour begins tomorrow, February 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the River Room Event Center, 3 W. Oak.

The event aims to “bring Catholics together to enjoy the things that we culturally value,” said Michael Pokorny, a father at St. Martin’s Academy. “To help our friends and neighbors understand our faith and how we joyfully live it.”

The Prairie Troubadour is named in memory of the poet, songwriter and Kansas prairie man Gerald Francis Kerr, the father of St. Martin’s Academy founder Daniel Kerr.

The theme for this year’s event is Feasts, Fasts and Seasons.

Tickets for the event must be purchased prior to the event and can be ordered from the website: Feasts, Fasts, and Seasons: The Art of Liturgical Living Tickets, Fri, Feb. 25, 2022, 6:30 p.m. | Eventbrite

Tickets start at $85 for weekend events.

The schedule:

February 25 is registration at 6:30 a.m., followed at 7 p.m. by Baylor University professor Dr. Michael Foley, who will speak on “How to Drink Like a Saint.

8:00 p.m. Dale Alquist, president of the Chesterton Society, will speak on “Feasting and Surprisingly Fasting with GK Chesterton.”

9 p.m. There will be an afterglow session.

Saturday February 26

9:30 a.m. Daniel Kerr, Principal/Founder of St. Martin’s Academy will welcome guests, followed at 9:45 a.m. by Father Joshua Moore, Sub-Prior at Clear Creek Abbey, Oklahoma, who will speak on “Fasting: Or Why Officers Eat last.

10:45 a.m. Brandon Sheard, owner/operator of Farmstead Meatsmith, Tulsa, OK, will speak on “The Virtue of Killing Pigs.”

At noon, lunch will be free, Luther’s Restuarant, directly under the River Room Event Center, is recommended.

At 1:15 p.m., Dr. John Cuddeback, Professor of Philosophy at Christendom College, Front Royal, Virginia, will speak on “Animating Your Home with Leisure.”

At 2:15 p.m., Dr. William Fahey, president of Thomas Moore College of Liberal Arts, Merrimac, NH, will speak on “My Little Horse Must Think It Queer and Other Thoughts on the Natural Order of Liturgical Life.”

There will be a break at 3:15 p.m. and a break with the vendors.

A question and answer session with the speakers will take place at 4:30 p.m. and the symposium will end at 5:30 p.m.

At 7:00 p.m. there will be a whiskey and cigar evening with guest speakers and musical entertainment by St. Martin’s Academy students and others. This event is reserved for VIP pass holders.

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