Conclave Clock for Californians

Conclave times, translated into “Valley Girl”

Catholic News Service has done a beautiful job of keeping us up to date on all things Conclave with a reliable perspective. Today, they ran a helpful blog post that lists a breakdown of the daily time schedule for the Conclave. The post by Cindy Wooten kindly lists the schedule in both Central European Time and Eastern Daylight Time.

Since I’m a Californian who will be spending the better part of the next six days traveling to three speaking commitments (and don’t even get me started about that whole “Spring Forward” deal!), I decided not to rely on my mental ability to do even the least complicated math during the Conclave. So I’m sharing Cindy’s schedule below with the Pacific times listed in parentheses. And yes, I do invited one of my fellow Patheos Catholic bloggers to provide the same community service for math-impaired folks like me living in the Central and Mountain time zones…

March 12:

3:45 p.m. (7:45 a.m.) — Transfer from the Domus Sanctae Marthae to the Apostolic Palace.
4:30 p.m. (8:30 a.m.) — Procession from the Pauline Chapel to the Sistine Chapel.
4:45 p.m. (8:45 a.m.) — Oaths, meditation by Cardinal Prosper Grech, first ballot.
7:15 p.m. (11:15 p.m.) — Vespers in the Sistine Chapel.
7:30 p.m. (11:30 p.m.) — Transfer to the Domus Sanctae Marthae.
8 p.m. (noon) — Dinner.

March 13-15 or until election of a pope:

6:30-7:30 a.m. (10:30-11:30 p.m.) — Breakfast.
7:45 a.m. (11:45 p.m.) — Transfer to the Pauline Chapel.
8:15 a.m.-9:15 a.m. (12:15 a.m.-1:15 a.m.) — Mass in the Pauline Chapel.
9:30 a.m. (1:30 a.m.) — Prayer and two rounds of voting.
12:30 (4:30 a.m.) — Transfer to the Domus Sanctae Marthae.
1 p.m. (5:00 a.m.) — Lunch.
4 p.m. (8:00 a.m.) — Transfer to the Apostolic Palace.
4:50 p.m. (8:50 a.m.) — Two more rounds of voting.
7:15 p.m. (11:15 a.m.) — Vespers in the Sistine Chapel.
7:30 p.m. (11:30 a.m.) — Transfer to the Domus Sanctae Marthae.
8 p.m. (noon) — Dinner.

And just to be on the safe side, someone double check my math and let me know in the comments if I’m wrong…

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  • Kevin Clarke

    Unless I am mistaken, I believe that 9 hours separate the time in California from that of Rome.

  • Kevin Clarke

    But I guess they do not do the time change in Rome, correct? If so, then you would be right and please ignore the previous post! :)

    • Lisa M. Hendey

      Oh good grief, I have no idea Kevin… LOL. Let’s see if other commenters can come up with the correct answer! Thanks for chiming in.

      • John

        The difference is currently 9 hours, but daylight savings time in Rome doesn’t begin until March 31. Starting tomorrow, and for three weeks, we will be behind 8 hours.

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  • Dcn. Dennie Nickell

    They don’t do the time change thing in Italy until later in the month.

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