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October 31, 2012

Vatican II discussion set for Prince of Peace Church

CLINTON — “What Happened at Vatican II?” will be reviewed on Thursday evening, Nov. 1, during an open discussion at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Clinton. 

The public is invited. The discussion begins at 6:30 pm.

The discussion is a follow-up to a lecture given last week at St. Ambrose University that was sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis, Clinton, and the 11 other congregations comprising the Catholic Sisters of the Upper Mississippi Valley. 

Prince of Peace Pax Christi is sponsoring Thursday’s discussion which will be led by Tom Streveler.

The Second Vatican Council, convened in October 1962, by Pope John XXIII and closed in 1965 by Pope Paul VI, is considered the most significant religious event of the 20th Century and the most important event in the Roman Catholic Church in four centuries.  In honor of its 50th anniversary, the Church has called for a Year of Faith.

“We are happy to offer this discussion in Clinton as our initial contribution to the Year of Faith,” said Gabriel Egging, Pax Christi group leader.  “We hope many people of all faiths will join us in remembering and reviewing the events of that remarkable time.”

The opening lecture was given by Dr. Richard Gaillardetz, professor of theology at Boston College and president-elect of the Catholic Theological Society, the largest organization of its kind in the world.  Gaillardetz has authored several books on the international religious event that brought together over 2,500 Catholic bishops from around the globe plus hundreds of theologians, leaders of other faiths, and visitors including, for the first time in church history, women, primarily leaders of women’s religious congregations.  His most recent book, “Keys to Understanding the Council,” forms the basis for Thursday’s discussion.

“Vatican II bought about immense change and revitalization in the Church,” said Egging, who is also a member of the planning committee for the four-part lecture series that began at St. Ambrose and will continue in December at Clarke University, Dubuque; at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Hiawatha, Iowa in February; and conclude in Clinton in April.

“The remaining lectures will focus on changes to the liturgy, the role of the laity and the role of the Church in the modern world,” explained Egging.  “We will be holding discussions following each lecture, but this opening discussion is vital to gaining a basic understanding of the Council.  We are privileged to be using discussion questions prepared by Jennifer Rausch, PBVM, president of the Sisters of the Presentation, Dubuque, who is a member of the lecture series planning committee.”

Questions about the public discussion may be directed to Sisters of St. Francis at 242-7611.

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