Spurred by the Promise of Happiness

The Encounter opens with poetry read by actress Valerie SMALDONE, music performed by pianist Christopher VATH, and a conversation with Christian WIMAN, Poet and Senior Lecturer, Yale Divinity School, and Greg WOLFE, Editor of Image.

"A Boat Longing for the Sea, and Yet Afraid." (E.L. Masters)

A dialogue between Fear and Desire through timeless American poetry and songs with Shaw Street CollectiveThe Shaw Street Collective is a New Classical Ensemble dedicated to the creation of works and the re-imagination of what chamber music can be.

The Quest to Reduce Extreme Poverty

Current trends in international development with Jackie ALDRETTE, Managing Director AVSI-USA;  Chris BLATTMAN, Professor of Political Science, Columbia University; Joakim KOECH, Principal, Cardinal Otunga High School, Nairobi, Kenya;  and Paolo CAROZZA (moderator), Director of the Kellogg Institute at Notre Dame University. This event is organized in collaboration with AVSI USA

Doing Business in Uncharted Waters

A dialogue on leading companies unafraid to explore new business horizons with Nancy ALBIN, Co-founder of Los Angeles Habilitation House; and Andreas WIDMER, Director of the Entrepreneurship Programs, Catholic University of America. This event is organized in collaboration with the WorkCenter in D.C. 

Crossing to the Other Shore

Stories of desire, sorrow, and forgiveness at the beginning of the Year of Mercy with Priscilla LA PORTE, sister of Cadet Matthew La Porte, recipient of the Airman Medal for his heroic actions during the April 16, 2007 Virginia Tech shooting; Joshua STANCIL, former inmate; and Fr. Peter John CAMERON, OP. (moderator), Editor-in-chief of Magnificat. 

Beyond the Pillars of Hercules

The adventure of space exploration in the eyes of Tom JONES*, former astronaut; and Lindsay BLAKELY (moderator), Los Angeles Bureau Chief of Inc. magazine.

*Arrangements for the appearance of Dr. Jones made through HarperCollins Speakers Bureau, NY, NY. 

"Setting out on the Long Path of Renewal" (Pope Francis)

Reflections on Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si' (On Care for Our Common Home) with Sean Cardinal O’MALLEY, Archbishop of Boston; Jeffrey SACHS, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and Rebecca VITZ CHERICO (moderator), Instructor in Spanish Studies, Villanova University. This event is organized in collaboration with the Research Cluster on Science and Subjectivity.


An evening of original musical reflections on the ancient and timeless verse of the Poet-King David, performed by Contemporaneous, directed by David BLOOM; and Ghostlight, directed by Evelyn TROESTER DEGRAF


Holy Mass

Celebrated by Sean Cardinal O’MALLEY, Archbishop of Boston, with the Choir of Communion and Liberation, directed by Christopher VATH.

Longing for Freedom and Yet (Not) Afraid

A talk by Fr. Julián CARRÓN, President of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation  on the role of freedom in the pursuit of human desire. 

Longing for the Sea... and Leaving the Harbor

Eyewitness accounts of stories of immigration and welcoming with Msgr. Ronald MARINO, Vicar for Migrant and Ethnic Apostolates Diocese of Brooklyn, and Giulio PISCITELLI, photographer; and Stephen SANCHEZ (moderator), Principal, Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, New York.

"Your Love is better than Life" (Psalm 62)

A testimony on the life of Christians facing terror and death in the Middle East by Archbishop Amel NONA, exiled Chaldean Catholic Archbishop of Mosul, Iraq; a refugee family in Erbil, Kurdistan (on telecast); Fr. Pier Battista PIZZABALLA, Custodian of the Holy Land; and Marta ZAKNOUN (moderator), journalist. This event is organized in collaboration with the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation, Inc.  

Longing for You and With You Not Afraid

Concluding remarks with Maurizio MANISCALCO,  President of New York Encounter, and John WATERS, author.


Farther than the Farthest Stars

Final night of celebration in song with the Encounter volunteers.



Heart and Education: the Foundations of a Healthy Business

A conversation organized with Salone del Mobile.Milano, the most famous international furniture trade show,  with James BIBER, architect; Dario SNAIDERO, President Snaidero USA; and Roberto SNAIDERO, Chairman of Salone del Mobile.Milano.

The True Face of Personalized Medicine

A presentation organized by the Association of Medicine and the Person with Marc BEAUCHAMP, orthopedic surgeon, and Cristiano FERRARIO, oncologist, Jewish General Hospital, Montreal.

Longing for the Sea... as Pixar Views It

A discussion organized by Crossroads on “Inside Out” with Peter FIELDS, freshman at City College of New York, Naomi GENUARD, mother; Margaret LARACY, psychologist; and Sal PETROSINO (moderator), Director of the Film, Video and Animation Department, School of Visual Arts.

The Fragmented Body

A presentation organized by the Well-Read Mom reading group on Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, with Maura–Kate COSTELLO, PhD candidate, University of Maryland; and Margaret STOKMAN, high school student; introduced by Marcie STOKMAN, Well-Read Mom founder.


A ship is safe in harbor, but that's not what ships are built for: Education in the 21st Century

A dialogue among educators and physicians organized by  TeachCollab with Francesco BOIN, rheumatologist, Director of the Scleroderma Clinic, UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco; Peter STOKMAN, cardiologist, Minneapolis Heart Institute, Crosby; Changsheng ZHANG MD, Joint PhD candidate, research fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. and  Carolina BRITO (moderator), Dean of Curriculum and Instruction, Cristo Rey High School, Boston.