The Director was alloted five hours and 45 minutes for presentation over two days for what was to be only a five hour presentation on “An Introduction to Arthur Carl Piepkorn, with special reference to the Doctrines of the Sacred Ministry and of the Church” at the May 23-24, 2011, retreat of the California Chapter of the Society for the Holy Trinity (STS) in Valyermo, CA. One of those who attended was the Right Reverend Joseph Herandez, vice-chancellor of the Los Angeles Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church.
The Director made another a five hour presentation on the same topic at the June 6-7 retreat of the Florida Chapter of the Society for the Holy Trinity at the San Pedro Center in Winter Park, Orlando, FL.
The Director made a five and a half hour presentation on that topic on the northwest side of Lake Canandaigua, NY, at the August 25-26 retreat of the Upper New York Chapter of the STS.
Though the topic was the same no two of those three presentations will be the same since the Director will not be delivering a “canned” lecture, but leading those present in exploring and discussing Piepkorn’s personal and professional writings on the basis of the 148 boxes of the Piepkorn Papers in the ELCA Archives and the 28 boxes in the archives of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. He has spent at least eight weeks doing reserach in those boxes, as well as many thousands of additional hours working with Piepkorn’s writings in the ACP Center, which is located in the Director’s home in Mansfield, CT.