Quality of papers: The quality of papers and presenters was superb. By day 3, it was difficult for me to take anything more into my feeble brain. My favorite papers were Is Life Worth Giving? (Not "living") by Remi Brague, Analogy of Life by John Betz, Self-Transcending Life: Lonergan's Appropriation of Augustine and Aquinas on Authentic Being-in-the-World (this paper made me want to pray) by Steven Cone, "Let us Make a Human Being": Divine Intent and Human Response by John Behr (this paper made me question my presuppositions about scripture), On the Surface of Things: Transient Life and Beauty in Passing by William Desmond, and Teleology and Life by Simon Oliver (this paper was the most helpful for my project). Even as I write this, I am having a hard time not listing many other papers...so many were so helpful.
Overall Reactions: The conference was a bit disorderly at times, but I get the sense that it had everything to do with the people in charge at the hotel.
I also had the unique pleasure of meeting Archbishop Javier Martinez, sharing my passion for the theology of Benedict XVI with Tracey Rowland, and being schooled in Patristics by Fr. John Behr. This alone, should tell you everything.
Personal Reactions: My paper was well-recieved, I think. It was a summary of where my research is going, so the comments were helpful for me as I think forward concerning its trajectory. I recieved more inspiration, however, in personal conversations with many students and scholars while on coffee breaks and out at the pubs.