• 2018 OCDS Congress

    attendee information

  • Welcome!

    We're looking forward to meeting you at the 2018 OCDS Congress in Columbus, Ohio! Welcome from the Washington Province of the Immaculate Heart of Mary!


    We have included some updates as well as answers to common questions about the Congress below. If you have a question not answered below, feel free to contact us at 2018OCDSCongress@gmail.com.


    Important hotel information

    If you need to cancel your hotel reservation at the Polaris Hilton, please email Lynn at Lmnbete@gmail.com to do so. If you cancel it on your own we may lose the room in our block of rooms. If you did not get a room at the Polaris Hilton and would like one, you can email Lynn to be added to a waitlist if a room opens up. Please specify if you need one bed or two beds. We added blocks of rooms at two lower-priced hotels after the Polaris Hilton filled up. You can find information about them at: http://www.2018ocdscongress.com/hotel

    Congress dates and agenda

    The Congress will be held from Thursday, Oct. 18 to Sunday, October 21, 2018. The Congress registration desk will open Thursday at 3pm. The first Congress session will begin on Thursday at 7pm. The Congress will end Sunday at noon. As schedule updates become available, they will be posted at http://www.2018ocdscongress.com/agenda

    Late arrivals or early departures

    If you will be arriving late or leaving early from the Congress, please let us know, especially if you will be missing meals. This will save us some money. We will provide a Mass on Saturday evening for those whose flights will not allow them to attend Mass on Sunday.


    Check-in and check-out times
    Check-in at the Polaris Hilton is 3pm and check-out is 12pm (noon).


    We are sad to announce that Marie-Paul Stevens was not able to get a visa to travel to the United States to speak at the Congress. She was very disappointed, as we were, too. She did however send her remarks to us, which will be read at the Congress. She will also be praying for us as we meet in October. A list of Congress speakers can be found at: http://www.2018ocdscongress.com/speakers

    Remember to bring

    • Your large ceremonial scapular
    • Your breviary. While the Office will be provided in the Congress Program for the times we pray in common, there may be times during your trip that your will pray the Office on your own.


    The average temperature for Columbus, Ohio, in October is a high of 66 degrees and a low of 43 degrees. The hotel conference areas may get a bit cold, so please bring a sweater or a light jacket.


    Information about flying and driving to the Congress can be found on the Congress Web site at: http://www.2018ocdscongress.com/travel


    The Polaris Hilton has a free courtesy shuttle from the airport. Complimentary shuttle service to and from the CMH airport is available Monday to Friday from 6am to 10:30pm and Saturday/Sunday from 7am to 10:30pm. Request for this service must be pre-scheduled 24 hours prior to the date of service. Please call the hotel for details and to make a reservation. If you are not staying in the Polaris Hilton, please check with your hotel to see if they have a shuttle service from the airport.


    All Congress sessions will be help at the Polaris Hilton.


    Polaris Hilton
    8700 Lyra Drive
    Columbus, OH 43240


    Parking is free at the Polaris Hilton.


    Restaurants near the hotel

    There are more than 100 restaurants within a mile or two of the hotel, including Sweet Carrot that was recently featured on the Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives: https://www.sweetcarrot.com/menu/ To see a map of nearby restaurants, follow this link: https://goo.gl/maps/cJrGRDeEHRt

    Internet access

    Wireless internet access will be provided in Polaris Hilton hotel rooms free of charge as well as in Congress meeting areas.


    To preview some of the vendors that will have displays at the Congress, go to: http://www.2018ocdscongress.com/vendors

    Trip to Avila Raffle

    Each paid Congress attendee will automatically be entered in the drawing for a trip for two to Avila, Spain! This trip was made possible by 206 Tours. To learn more about this incredible trip, visit: http://www.206tours.com/tour210/


    For those bringing a guest to the banquet on Saturday evening, their meal entree ticket will be placed in your name tag holder. Only registered attendees are eligible to partake in the other Congress meals and events.

    We're looking forward to seeing you soon!


    In Carmel,


    The 2018 OCDS Congress Planning Committee
    Email: 2018OCDSCongress@gmail.com